H U S K E R D A N
The response to my request for your predictions for
this week's Texas-Husker game was overwhelming!! I received over 200
responses. Some of you gave me a play by play game analysis that
included a dramatic win for the Huskers. Many of you agonized
over your predictions with "My heart says one thing, but my head says
another". Husker Dan took the liberty of editing your letters.
Here are some of your responses.
WHY THE COWS WILL
Gary N. (Texas)
It will not be a pretty sight. Brad Smith tore us
up and V. Young is twice the athlete he is. I'm sorry to say, Texas will
win. I have to live with these "frontrunners" for another 2
Erich (Kingwood, TX)
I have more than enough confidence in Pelini's
Blackshirts to allow Texas no more than 21 points, but unfortunately, I think
our offense has regressed too much in the last 2 1/2 games for me to have enough
confidence in our team.
For starts, the game's on the road, I don't like
Frank's record on the road at all and we always seem to make the other
team's average players look like Heisman candidates.
"The Curse of the Mushburger"
Whenever Brent Musburger is on at the microphone,
the Huskers have trouble.
William M. (Scottsbluff, NE)
I can already see the Big Red getting off to a lethargic start on the
road. Although I bleed the scarlet and cream, I'm afraid the 'Skers won't
be able to overcome a 10 + point deficit heading into the 4th quarter.
Hope I'm wrong.
With Solich calling the plays, this offense will
NEVER be a force to worry about. Frank needs to go away.
Dave P. (Atlanta, GA)
As bad as Mack Brown is, he's still better than Solich. The last time
we beat them, we had Osborne's players and McBride was the Defensive
Ron (New Jersey)
Blackshirts will give a valiant effort in a loss. NU offense couldn't
move powder at a baby convention.
Jim B. (Omaha, NE)
Three reasons Texas will win:
1.) NU has Frank Solich.
2.) NU is on the road.
3.) NU has Frank Solich.
Todd J. (Johnson Lake, NE)
Barney Cotton will tear his other calf muscle. Huskers will lose
because of bad decision making in the red zone and the failure of the offense to
take advantage of opportunities..hmmmmmm, sounds familiar, doesn't it?
"Now is the Law of the Jungle,
As old and as true as the sky,
And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper,
But the Wolf that shall break it must die,
As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk,
The Law runneth forward and back,
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf,
And the strength of the Wolf is the Pack."
WHY THE HUSKERS WILL
Tracy H. (Omaha, NE)
The Huskers will send a statement to the
Our defense, while not as talented as Oklahoma's,
is playing better than (Texas') and this is bad news for the
John (Lynnfield, MA)
Well, Texas week is finally upon us. The week
the men are separated from the boys, which makes it a week the priests in my
neck of the woods are none too proud of.
Last year, Roy Williams made Fabian Washington
look like he was on the "Newlyweds: Jessica and Nick" show...
We gained over 400 yards on (Texas) last
year. The question is, will our defense be able to prevent Texas from
laying 500 yards on us? I believe the answer is yes and that's why I
predict the Huskers will win.
Rob (Albany, OR-a former Oklahoman for Nebraska
stuck out in ugly duckling country!)
Texas has not impressed me at all this year.
They were never in the Arkansas game (which has a strong ground game) and got
killed by Oklahoma (which has an incredibly fast defense just like ours).
Major Che V. Russell (stationed in Washington,
DC but grew up in Bellevue, NE)
Should be a good game. Turnovers will be
important. The Cornhuskers only loss this year was when they lost the
turnover battle with Mizzou. Likewise, the Longhorns lost the turnover
battle to the Razorbacks and Sooners.
Bigger picture: As a member of the Armed
Forces, I'm glad to see Americans enjoying everyday life....like football.
Whether NU or UT wins, everyone's a winner for living in the greatest country on
Earth...defended by the greatest military in the world.
Nate (Denver, CO)
For once we have more pure athletes on the field
who are bigger, stronger and faster. Special teams will be another factor
when we punt. Field position will in our favor all day long.
Mike (Norfolk, NE)
Although the defense gives up 2 touchdowns and
a field goal to the Horns, they score one TD of their own and set up four field
goals in a Husker win.
Jon (Shawnee, KS)
This game is huge for the rest of this year and in
future years because of recruiting. Forget Pamplona, the Huskers will run
over the bulls in Austin!!
Huskers more than 27
Texas, less than 25
Brent Q in Houston, Tx
If the Huskers win the field position and turnover
battles, look for a Longhorn team, with rattled confidence, to fall at
Bill (Owasso, OK)
If the Huskers "A" team shows up, Huskers will
Husker "Dan" (Williamsburg, VA)
Bevo will be served medium well and the Huskers
will continue their drive to the Big XII North title.
TSgt Schindler, USAF (???)
Blackshirts pin their ears back and
GOD, COUNTRY, FAMILY AND HUSKER FOOTBALL (depending
on the day of the week,the above list may not always be in this
Kim (San Marcos, CA-home town
I'll go with what Jerrell Pippens said earlier this
season: "My chin strap is bucked tight, my mouthpiece is in and I'm ready
to go full throttle."
Matthew C. (Lubbock, TX)
I like NU's chances in Austin against the 76th
ranked rushing defense in the country.
Marc (Panama City, FL)
'Horns are soft up the middle and can be run
on. The Huskers aren't 7-1 by luck.
Doyle A. (Boulder, CO)
We're playing for something again, not just the Big
12 North or the Big 12 title, but a return to pride.
Jeremy (Weatherford, TX)
The fortunes will change this year and it's very
simple why they will. It will be because of Nebraska's ability to run up
the middle, run the option and do play action passes. Look what Arkansas
did to this team. We are also facing a freshman qb and unfortunately if
Musburger is calling this game we will have to hear how great Young is. By
the end of the first half Nebraska should have him shut down and with a big lead
by causing turnovers, special teams giving us great field position, and TDs
besides FGs by the offense.
I'm confident because this is not New Mexico State,
North Texas or Rice that Texas is facing. Twice this year Texas has faced
a big time team and both times the Longhorns have lost. Make it a 3rd
The Blackshirts will rule the day. Defense
wins championships folks, and this one is going to redefine what that
means. I predict Vince Young will have a very, very long day.
Trevor (Athens, Greece)
I am personally sick and tired of hearing about
Texas. I am spending a semester in Athens, Greece and it's been tough
getting through the Big Red season with only a computer to watch. It
would be a sweet moment if the boys form Lincoln could make something great
happen in the Armadillo state. GO BIG RED!!!
Brent (Portland, OR)
Both defenses will control the field. Huskers
will be beat on a long screen pass by Texas early in the 2nd half, but with ball
control, good discipline and only 4 penalties the Huskers will win.
MSgt Douglas Onwiler (Alabama)
I'm a 20 year active duty Air Force member, raised
in Nebraska but stationed in Alabama. This game has the potential to be a
blood-bath. Texas won't go "horns-up" to the 'Skers without a serious
fight, especially in their own pasture. Blackshirts will rise to the
occasion, but this one will be close.
Christian (Tulsa, OK)
I'm going to go out on a limb and predict that our
Huskers will pull it out and finally break the Texas skid. For as bad as
Lord was last year, the game was very close. And everybody knows Mack
Brown gets all the talent, but can't coach it.
I think this is the game that J. Davis returns a
kickoff for a TOUCHDOWN! TOUCHDOWN! TOUCHDOWN!
Jeff C. (Oceanside, CA)
This is the year we get to plant OUR flag in the
middle of the sod in Austin. Kyle Larson will keep Texas in a hole all day
and J-Lo will run for over 200 yards again only this time the game won't be
close and Lord won't have to put the ball in the air.
NU 35-BBQ Texas Steer Burgers 10
Kevin (Overland Park, KS)
Defense will be the key (big surprise). You
know Pelini has been on the phone with his childhood buddies down in Soonerland
getting as much advice as he can. Pelini will get enough info to keep NU
in the game. Turnovers and an overpowering defense will deliver a win the
The Big Red.
Jeff (Yorba Linda, West Coast Nebraska, aka,
Nebraska is much better than last year and Texas is
NOT as good as Horn fans want to believe.
Jim B (Plano, TX)
I am married to a native Texan and both of my
children were born in the lone star state. I have spent more years living
in Texas than I did in Nebraska, but that will never change the fact that I'm a
Husker at heart. If you cut me, I will bleed Cornhusker Red. My
children were taught to say, "GO BIG RED" as part of their first full
sentences. My wife allowed me to get a tattoo on my left upper arm.
Of course, it's the Husker "N" with the word Huskers through it. I am
looking forward to eating Bevo-Burgers for dinner Saturday night. As
always, GO BIG RED!!!
Add up last year's game against Texas (the O was
unstoppable) with this year's defense...one sided Husker win,
Dustin (Valencia, CA)
I like the Huskers to beat what I think will be a
lethargic Longhorn squad after they make some late mistakes.
Benjamin O. (Waco, TX)
I'll be there will my Nebraska flag (currently
hanging in my dorm room at Baylor) to make sure that what I said will happen and
I have never been more excited.
Jesse Z. (Boulder, CO)
I talked with several Oklahoma fans last weekend
and they all made it sound like the Longhorns are really lacking in
And there you have it. All there's left to do
is for Husker Dan to offer his prediction. Thanks to all of you who took
time to send Husker Dan your thoughts on the game.
THE EVIL EMPIRE