September 2023 fresh links
SEPTEMBER 30, 2023
MICHIGAN 45, NEBRASKA 7: Nebraska gets manhandled by the No. 2 Wolverines, but a shutout is averted with Josh Fleeks’ long touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Go to the game page for coverage, commentary and more. | Stryker: A Day to Forget | Highlights | Postgame presser | Carriker gut reaction | Big Red Over-Reaction
Who’s Nebraska’s defensive MVP? There are two front-runners in Tad Stryker’s pregame survey of 100 fans.
A life-saving transplant* has forever connected a Nebraska family and a Michigan grad.
SEPTEMBER 29, 2023
It’s a daunting challenge Saturday as the Huskers host No. 2 Michigan, the highest-ranked team to visit Memorial Stadium in 16 years. Here are pregame reads from Lincoln (1, 2), Omaha (1, 2, 3),* Detroit (1, 2, 3) and Ann Arbor. | Commentary & analysis: McMaster, Shatel,* Wojnowski, Shaw, Schaefer et al., Stukenholtz, Callahan.
Fans will have a couple of chances to interact with former Husker cornerback Prince Amukamara* this weekend.
FOX will join tomorrow’s game in time for the 2:40 p.m. kickoff even if the USC-Colorado game that precedes it runs late.
A stadium capacity of 76,000 has a nice ring to it for Brian Christopherson.
Be among the first to get the bobblehead commemorating last month’s record-setting night for Nebraska volleyball in Memorial Stadium.
Friday Husker Tailgate: A big-time opportunity for Nebraska against No. 2 Michigan.
Jeremy Pernell’s Mailbag: Recruiting needs, the Michigan game and Nebraska’s bowl hopes.
Nebraska’s upcoming recruiting weekend* has an eye on the class of 2025 and beyond.
SEPTEMBER 28, 2023
Sunday Morning Quarterback is predicting an upset Saturday in Lincoln.
At Thursday’s Big Red Brunch,* Irving Fryar, Mike Rozier and Ricky Simmons share stories and laughs 40 years after their 1983 season.
Carriker Chronicles: Keys to the Michigan game and a prediction, plus Dr. Scott Strasburger on the Huskers’ injuries and more.
Linebacker Luke Reimer should be good to go against Michigan, and quarterbacks Heinrich Haarberg and Jeff Sims both could play. Go here for more from Matt Rhule’s Thursday presser. | Updates & discussion | Practice schedule
Ben Herbert, Michigan’s strength coach since 2018, is seen as the program’s secret weapon.
Trev Alberts discussed the stadium plans Thursday morning, and here are some key points about the timeline, seating capacity, ticket-holder displacement and more. | Financials | Bringing the noise* | End of grandfather clause?* | Transcript | Video & discussion
Here are highlights and lowlights* of the Huskers’ play in Memorial Stadium in the Big Ten era.
SEPTEMBER 27, 2023
Husker Dan draws a comparison to the 1962 Michigan game.
Behind the Point Spread: Michigan-Nebraska and three other games are broken down by Scott Spreitzer, Travis Justice and Dr. Rob Zatechka.
Michigan State makes it official and fires coach Mel Tucker.
A lifelong Michigan fan has found love for Nebraska football.
Dave Feit has a wish list for Memorial Stadium’s renovation.
Nebraska is back on the College Football TV Depth Chart this week.
The Wolverines are preparing for a loud and electric atmosphere Saturday.
SEPTEMBER 26, 2023
Quarterback Heinrich Haarberg was full go for Tuesday’s practice, and receiver Josh Fleeks has moved to running back. Go here for that and more from a “bloody Tuesday” practice for the Huskers. | Updates & discussion | Practice schedule | NU-Mich. flip sheet
Carriker Chronicles: Four games in, Adam has some takeaways and a look at Michigan.
Doc’s Diagnosis: The Nebraska O-line’s pass-blocking woes persist.
SEPTEMBER 25, 2023
Tom Shatel sees a growing WWE vibe* coming from college coaches.
Husker Dan comes up with a new nickname for Heinrich Haarberg.
SMQ: A rugged, old-school win for the Huskers.
Luke Reimer is questionable for the Michigan game, and Heinrich Haarberg is also dealing with an injury. Go here for more from Matt Rhule’s game-week presser. | Updates & discussion | Depth chart | Game notes
Dave Feit sees progress in the less-than-flashy win against Louisiana Tech.
Doc’s Diagnosis: Good grades for the O-line’s run blocking on these two plays.
SEPTEMBER 24, 2023
ThotDoc’s Brain Droppings on the La. Tech game.
This week in Husker history: Fourth-quarter magic in 1963, 1968 and 1973.
SEPTEMBER 23, 2023
Nebraska 28, La. Tech 14: Heinrich Haarberg and Anthony Grant rush for more than 130 yards apiece as the Huskers pull away in the second half for the win. Go to the game page for coverage, video, analysis and more. | Highlights | Postgame presser | Commentary: Stryker, Stukenholtz, Carriker.
Next week’s opponent, Michigan, started slow Saturday but handled Rutgers, 31-7.
Husker Hour: RB & QB depth charts, Luke Mullin, volleyball undefeated.
A chance of wet conditions and injuries in the backfield make ball security all the more crucial today as Nebraska faces Louisiana Tech. It appears both teams will start backup QBs. | Pregame commentary & analysis: McMaster, Mudder, Shatel,* Stukenholtz, Just,* Callahan, Schaefer et al.
SEPTEMBER 22, 2023
Only the third set is close as Nebraska opens conference volleyball play with a sweep of No. 21 Ohio State. | Photos & more
In this film study, Tony White breaks down some plays that worked last week for his Blackshirts.
The Huskers need to keep cashing in on “pin ’em deep and make ’em pay” opportunities like they did against Northern Illinois, Brian Christopherson writes.
Friday Husker Tailgate: Gearing up for a potentially messy afternoon against Louisiana Tech with game picks and more.
Husker players study opponents’ game film* with an eye for detail and a side of Popeyes.
SEPTEMBER 21, 2023
Check out Amarillo Mullen’s photos from Thursday night’s softball scrimmage.
There were injury updates but no word about Saturday’s starting QB as Matt Rhule met with reporters for the final time before the Louisiana Tech game. | Storms in the forecast* | Updates & discussion | Practice schedule
Carriker Chronicles: A LaTech preview and prediction, plus Nash Hutmacher discussing the Blackshirts’ improvement.
Sunday Morning Quarterback previews the game and sees the Huskers winning handily.
Here’s a look at the Nebraska defense’s strength in numbers.
Memorial Stadium* was built with Nebraska players and horse plows — through rain and a tornado.
Derek Walker of Yutan, Neb., will walk on* as a prospective fullback or linebacker.
SEPTEMBER 20, 2023
The Husker baseball schedule for 2024 is announced.
It’s a loaded college football TV depth chart this week.
SEPTEMBER 19, 2023
Quarterback Jeff Sims is working his way back, and the staff may get “creative” with the remaining running backs. Go here for much more from Tuesday’s post-practice presser. | Updates & discussion | Practice schedule
Nebrasketball gets a conference opener on the road as the Big Ten schedules are announced.
The PDF 2-deeps and rosters for Saturday’s game are available now.
Doc’s Diagnosis: Better running vision might have bailed out this play.
SEPTEMBER 18, 2023
Adrian Martinez has returned to Nebraska to pursue a new opportunity off the gridiron.
Husker Dan likes what he sees in Carter Nelson.
Michigan State notifies coach Mel Tucker, already suspended without pay, that the school intends to fire him.
Volleyball State podcast: Jeff Sheldon and Lincoln Arneal on the Huskers’ big wins, the sport’s record-setting crowds, and Nebraska’s upcoming foray into conference play.
SMQ: Jay and Bob review the Northern Illinois game.
Bad news on the injury front: Rahmir Johnson, Gabe Ervin and Dwight Bootle are out for the season. Go here for more from Matt Rhule’s press conference Monday. | Updates & discussion | Depth chart & changes | Pregame notes
The Michigan game gets a 2:30 p.m. CDT start and a FOX telecast.
Quarterback Casey Thompson, who transferred to Florida Atlantic after one season at Nebraska, is done for the year with a torn ACL.
The defense is carrying confidence along with some impressive numbers after three weeks.
Doc’s Diagnosis: A pass-blocking breakdown that allowed Nebraska’s only turnover against NIU.
SEPTEMBER 17, 2023
A short-handed Nebraska volleyball squad fends off No. 21 Kentucky in four sets for the Huskers’ second win over a ranked opponent in five days. | Photos & more
ThotDoc’s Brain Droppings on the Northern Illinois game.
This week in Husker history: Chicago poaches a Cornhusker; Nebraska’s national TV debut; Bo Pelini’s taped rant.
SEPTEMBER 16, 2023
Nebraska 35, Northern Illinois 11: It’s the first win of 2023 as the Huskers score in every quarter with Heinrich Haarberg at QB, and the defense keeps the Huskies clamped down until garbage time. Go to the game page as the coverage comes in. | Stryker: Less is more | Highlights | Photos | Postgame presser | Carriker gut reaction | Big Red Over-Reaction
Support remains strong for Matt Rhule despite the Huskers’ 0-2 start, Tad Stryker’s pregame fan survey finds.
Here’s a look at how every Husker head coach fared in his first game at Memorial Stadium.
Husker Hour: Volleyball’s dominance, Sims’ future, Blackshirts’ strengths and more.
Home at last, the Huskers are shooting for their first win tonight, and they might need to do it with a backup QB. Here are pregame reads from AP, Lincoln* and Omaha (1, 2).* | Commentary: Shatel,* Mudder, Callahan, Schaefer et al., McMaster. | Hype video
SEPTEMBER 15, 2023
A healthy yards-per-carry number and more odds & ends to ponder before Saturday night’s opener.
The slate of visiting recruits* Saturday includes a five-star offensive tackle and Omaha Westside’s quarterback.
Friday Husker Tailgate: At long last, the home opener.
SEPTEMBER 14, 2023
Former Huskers shared memories from 1997 and offered advice for the 2023 team during Thursday’s Big Red Brunch.*
A group is accused of selling fraudulent Husker football tickets in a complaint filed by the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office.
At a century old, Memorial Stadium has its share of quirks and mysteries.*
SEPTEMBER 13, 2023
Freshman Cameron Lenhardt has skipped the growing pains in his quick rise to a starting role on the defensive line.
From Dylan Guenther, five steps to salvage Nebraska’s football season.
A Husker Elvis needs your help.
Here’s Kaleb Henry’s TV depth chart for Saturday’s games.
Jeremy Pernell: It’s no surprise that this offense is struggling.
SEPTEMBER 12, 2023
Amie Just wonders if the gap* between Jeff Sims and the other quarterbacks is too big in the coaches’ estimation to even consider a change.
Husker Dan takes questions from readers.
Carriker Chronicles: Tommie Frazier talks turnovers, quarterbacks, Matt Rhule’s program and more.
The flip sheet for Saturday’s game has been updated with info from Northern Illinois’ official depth chart.
Talking with reporters after Tuesday’s practice, players spoke of their trust in the coaching staff’s process after an 0-2 start. Go here for video and coverage. | Updates & discussion | Practice schedule
Big 10 Show: Bill Connelly from ESPN is the guest this week.
The Nebraska-Colorado game drew the 10th-highest number of viewers — 8.73 million — of any regular-season college football game ever on FOX.
A national columnist weighs in on the rough start for Matt Rhule and the 2023 Huskers.
Doc’s Diagnosis: A case of poor pass protection vs. the Buffs.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2023
Carriker Chronicles: Something must change at quarterback.
Jeff Sims’ ankle injury kept him from practicing Sunday, and his status will be evaluated as the week progresses. Go here for more from Matt Rhule’s game-week presser Monday, including his response to the “disrespected” card played by Colorado. | Updates & discussion | Depth chart | Flip sheet | Game notes
SMQ: Vince Ferragamo reviews the Colorado game with Jay and Bob.
The Louisiana Tech game gets a 2:30 p.m. start and a BTN telecast.
Dave Feit breaks down the beatdown at Colorado and says its too early to push the panic button.
The Huskers’ Cam Lenhardt is one of five true freshmen in college football singled out for their performances this past weekend.
Here is game-day information for this weekend’s launch of the 101st season of Nebraska football in Memorial Stadium.
SEPTEMBER 10, 2023
ThotDoc’s Brain Droppings on the Colorado game.
Nebraska has opened as a 10-point favorite over Northern Illinois.
This week in Husker history: The Tom Osborne era begins with an exclamation point as the Huskers rout UCLA.
SEPTEMBER 9, 2023
Colorado 36, Nebraska 14. The Huskers suffer a beatdown in Boulder. Go to the game page for coverage and commentary. | Tad Stryker: Out-hyped and Outpointed | Kaleb Henry: Mixed messaging | Highlights | Postgame presser | Carriker gut reaction
SEPTEMBER 8, 2023
You might have heard there’s a game Saturday in Boulder. Here are the Nebraska-Colorado pregame reads from Lincoln (1, 2),* Omaha (1, 2),* Boulder (1, 2, 3), Denver and Colorado Springs. | Commentary: Shatel,* Schaefer et al., Niehoff, Woelk, Keeler, Just,* McMaster, Callahan, Stukenholtz. | Bold predictions
Husker Hour: Cole Stukenholtz and Matt McMaster discuss the Colorado-Nebraska hype, dig into their keys to the matchup and give their score predictions.
Coach Prime, all the time: Why is Deion Sanders on TV so much?
Versatility and depth will help the Huskers make up for the absence of defensive tackle Ty Robinson during the first half in Boulder.
The Huskers’ hopes may be riding on forcing Colorado into a Big Ten-style game.
ESPN’s Desmond Howard says a loss to Nebraska would deal ‘a devastating blow‘ to Colorado hype.
The Buffaloes are the betting public’s darlings this week.
Friday Husker Tailgate: A “Prime” opportunity for Big Red in Boulder.
Does this 1971 women’s soccer match in Mexico mean Nebraska volleyball doesn’t own a world record after all?
SEPTEMBER 7, 2023
Amie Just says Nebraska-Colorado feels like a true rivalry,* and that’s a good thing.
Bob and Jay from Sunday Morning Quarterback give their CU predictions.
The PDF 2-deeps and rosters for gameday viewing are now available. (Broken link fixed.)
There was some good news on the injury front as Matt Rhule met with reporters Thursday. Go here for coverage and video from the coach’s post-practice presser. | Updates & discussion | Practice schedule
SEPTEMBER 6, 2023
A Denver scribe declares victory in Colorado’s “keep the red out” campaign even though the stadium is expected to be 40% occupied by Nebraska fans.
Colorado’s receivers are exuding confidence while preparing for different coverages from Nebraska.
Offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield says the staff needs to find ways to get the ball to wide receiver Billy Kemp IV. Go here for more from Wednesday’s pre-practice press conference. | Updates & discussion
“A contrived rivalry that became real”: The Associated Press looks at the Colorado-Nebraska series.
Colorado has a huge amount of momentum going. Could the Huskers capitalize on that?
Adam Carriker takes a look at the matchup between Matt Rhule and Deion Sanders.
Opportunity awaits Nebraska. Embrace it, says columnist Alex Hickey.
Doc’s Diagnosis: Trouble at left tackle.
Week 2 college football TV depth chart: Deion Sanders’ home debut is elevated with rival Nebraska in town.
SEPTEMBER 5, 2023
Here’s a recap of how Husker commits fared over the weekend in high school play.
Doc’s Diagnosis: The turnovers that doomed Nebraska.
SEPTEMBER 4, 2023
Husker Dan previews “Prime time” in Boulder.
What’s your prediction for Nebraska vs. Colorado?
Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck says Nebraska’s effective run defense had a lot to do with the Gophers’ uncharacteristic pass-heavy play selection Thursday night.
Sunday Morning Quarterback: Nebraska-Minnesota review, Demoine Adams and more.
Coaches aren’t thrilled with college football’s new clock rules.*
Isaiah Garcia-Castaneda’s injury is a torn ACL, and young playmakers may need to step up, Matt Rhule said. Go here for more from the coach’s Monday press conference. | Carriker’s takeaways | Game notes | Depth chart
SEPTEMBER 3, 2023
Husker Doc Talk: Is there a curse?
Do you bleed Husker red? It’s time to prove it, Kenneth Jarecke writes.
Five thoughts* between games 1 and 2: Shotgun vs. under center, DeShon Singleton’s role and more.
This week in Husker history: Nebraska’s offense is shackled in a high-profile season opener against the Crimson Tide.
SEPTEMBER 2, 2023
Husker Hour: A massive week for Husker athletics with different takeaways.
SEPTEMBER 1, 2023
Lots of Huskers got game snaps* against the Gophers, especially on defense.
ThotDoc’s Brain Droppings on the Minnesota game.