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    Welcome to A Sea Of Red: Your premiere location for all things Nebraska football. From game previews and recaps to recruit interviews, our aim is to bring you up to speed with what it going on with the Cornhuskers. Check back for content as the season gets closer.​

     
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    College Gameday posted their season preview of Nebraska a few days ago. Now that I have some time, let's analyze it:

    They are absolutely right that if Nebraska is going to take the next step in the Big Ten, a 3rd option has to step up. Ideally it would be one of the receivers, but it could be Abdullah, as practice reports have stated he has been getting some more carries with the first team to help the load on Burkhead.

    If the Offensive Line holds up, it could come down to Martinez's performance in the passing game. If he continues to show improvement, then the Nebraska offense will be dangerous.

    As far as the front seven goes, it can only get better than last year's performance. With Steinkuhler and Compton coming back, it gives the team two leaders up front to help stabilize the defense.

    Finding someone to step up in the secondary shouldn't be hard, as it's not a group full of freshmen and true sophomores. As long as the group limits big plays, they will be fine.
     
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    Not ready for the season yet? Well this video should do the trick:

     
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    2012 Schedule Outlook
    6 ranked opponents makes the Cornhuskers 2nd B1G season no cakewalk
    With the season a few days away, it's time to finally look at the schedule and see how well Nebraska can do this year. With 6 opponents ranked in the top 20, this season will make last season look like a breeze.​
    Sept. 1st
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    The season starts off with the bang as the defending National Champions SEC Champions come into Lincoln to start off the season. LSU returns what most likely will be the best defense in the nation, led by Tyrann Mathieu, Sam Montgomery and Eric Reed. The offense is mostly attached from a year ago, but with Zach Mettenberger, they are potentially led by their first competent QB since Jamarcus Russell. Simply put, they are stacked. If this game was in Death Valley, the Cornhuskers would have no chance. Since it's in Lincoln in a primetime ESPN matchup, that gives Nebraska a slim chance...very slim.​
    Sept. 8th
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    Nebraska goes to Pasadena the 2nd week of the season to face the defending Pac-12 South Champions (Okay, so it was a technicality as USC was still banned from postseason play). They look to be somewhat better, but there are still a couple of years away from being a threat to anyone. Johnathan Franklin and Joseph Fauria could make an impact, but the QB position still looks to be a weakness as Kevin Prince and Brett Hundley battle it out for the starting spot. This one could be close early, but UCLA just doesn't have the depth.
    Sept. 15th
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    A rematch of the Citrus Capital One Bowl down in Columbia. USC dominated the Cornhuskers down in Lincoln, and the offense only gets better with the return of preseason All-American Marcus Lattimore. Add him to the mix with Connor Shaw and Ace Sanders, and the Gamecocks' offense will pose problems for any defense in the nation. While the defense did lose Stephen Gilmore and Melvin Ingram, DJ Swearinger and Jadeveon Clowney are there to keep the defense at a high level. There is no question South Carolina got better, and that's bad news for Cornhuskers fans.​
    Sept. 22nd
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    Wyoming comes to Lincoln after Nebraska made the trip out there for a 38-14 win. While anything can happen in sports, and the Cowboys pose some playmakers in the secondary with Luke Ruff and Blair Burns, the amount of athletes doesn't stack up with Nebraska. As long as the Cornhuskers don't come out flat, this should be an easy win.​
    Sept. 29th
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    Homecoming will see the team who spoiled the Cornhuskers' B1G debut last year come into Memorial Stadium. Heisman finalist Montee Ball leads the Badgers' offense along with Jacob Pedersen, Jared Abberderis, James White and the staple Wisconsin O-Line. With a experienced defense, it comes down to if Danny O'Brien can hold onto the starting QB job and replicate some of the production Russell Wilson made.​
    Oct. 6th
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    Nebraska travels to Columbus for this night game as they hope to pull a repeat of last season's 34-27 win in Lincoln. Braxton Miller leads the offense under new head coach Urban Meyer as they look to tailor more towards Miller's strengths. The defense will be great as usual, with John Simon leading the front while CJ Barnett anchors the rear. With OSU nothing having anything to play for, one wonders how the team's mindset will be throughout the season.
    Oct. 20th
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    After what looks to be a much-needed bye week, the Cornhuskers travel down to Northwestern to avenge the 28-25 loss from last season. Kain Colter can now lead the offense knowing that Dan Persa isn't over his shoulder and looks to be an improved passing game with Demetrius Fields and USC transfer Kyle Prater on the outside. The defense is nothing to write home about, so expect fireworks in this one.​
    Oct. 27th
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    In week 9, The Cornhuskers host the team that did this to them in Lincoln:​
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    That's the offensive stats after 3 quarters. Nebraska will no doubt want to fix what happened in Ann Arbor. With players like Denard Robinson, Fitzgerald Toussaint, and Roy Roundtree, the offense will only be better in the 2nd year under Al Borges' system. The defense might be thin on the defensive line, but with Kenny Demens and Jordan Kovacs returning, they should minimize any drop in performance that could happen. If Nebraska wants to win this game, they have to show up and not allow any Michigan d-linemen to force a pitch on a speed option.​
    Nov. 3rd
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    A week after facing the team they performed the worst against last season, Nebraska faces the team they put their most impressive performance against in East Lansing. Le'Veon Bell will lead the offense early as the Spartans make the adjustment from losing Kirk Cousins and their top two receivers from a year ago. Andrew Maxwell hopes to fill in the shoes while Tennessee transfer DeAnthony Arnett will hope to replace BJ Cunningham. The defense will be strong again, led by Will Gholston, Marcus Rush, and Max Bullough. If the offense doesn't take a significant drop, Michigan State should be one of the favorites in the B1G.​
    Nov. 10th
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    Penn State will come into Lincoln with a new head coach and still in limbo after all that came out last season. Thankfully, Silas Redd is still there to lead the offense while a strong linebacker core is there to lean on for the defense. The QB competition might pose to be the difference and could lead to the Nittany Lions struggling again this year.​
    Nov. 17th
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    There's nothing much to say about this game. It's Minnesota. Even with Marques Gray posing a threat, the Golden Golphers pose no threat to anyone.​
    Nov. 24th
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    The season ends with a trip to Iowa City in the renewed rivalry. Nebraska won last year, but the Hawkeyes will be much improved. James Vandenberg might be the most underrated QB in the B1G. Hopefully the Iowa RB-Hating God decides to take a year off, because the offense could be decent behind a solid offensive line. The defense will keep them in games, led by James Morris and Christian Kirksey, but is it enough to stop the Cornhuskers?​
    Overall, it is not an easy schedule. With only 3 gimmies, Nebraska could be in for a long season if the swing games go the wrong way. After last season, they will want to prove that they are not all bark. The first game will do a lot towards showing what type of season this will be.​
    Worst Case: 5-7
    Best Case: 9-3
    Sea Of Red's Prediction for the season: 8-4
     
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    Hello: Hiram Smith
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    Smith becomes the first to pull the trigger for the Cornhuskers
    As everyone is gearing up for the huge night game tonight in Lincoln, the atmosphere managed to make one prospect decided that it was the place for him. 3 :3stars:FL OLB Hiram Smith committed to Nebraska earlier today after receiving his offer during an unofficial visit.

    The 6-1, 222lbs OLB from Ocoee High School in Florida doesn't have much to go off other than highlight tapes since he didn't take part in the camp circut this summer. While he does boast some speed for his position, the angles he takes have led him to getting burned on occasion according to game reports out there. More film should come out as the year goes on, but right now he looks destined for a redshirt his first year on campus.​
     
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    Hello: Micah Carpenter
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    4-star RB becomes commit #2 for Nebraska
    While last week wasn't one of the best for Cornhusker fans, the sting is taken off as the team will add another back to the stable. :4stars:CT RB Micah Carpenter committed Wednesday after taking an unofficial visit to Lincoln over the weekend. ​
    The 6-1, 226lber from Wethersfield High said he was impressed by the facilities and how much he was sucked into the atmosphere before the game. Micah said once he felt down when it was certain Nebraska was going to lose, he knew Lincoln is where he wanted to be.​
    The #8 RB and #41 player in the nation is very fast for his size. While he had some bad showings in the receiving department during the camp circuit, his film shows that he is more than a capable receiver. The one red flag for Carpenter is that he has had ball security problems in the past, and he will want to get those in order before stepping on campus.​
    With the depth at RB, Carpenter will be able to redshirt his first year on campus unless something drastic happens. With so many needs in other spots, Micah will most likely be the only RB taken in this class. ​
     
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    Hello: Brandon Jones
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    Huskers get their top target as recruiting starts to pick up
    For the fans that love to watch the Twitters of different recruits, they were surprised to see that :5stars: IL WR Brandon Jones sent out a tweet this morning saying he had came to a decision and was going to announce today. Then, in front of his whole HS, the Under Armor All-American slipped on a Nebraska hat to the roar of the crowd, becoming commit #3 for Nebraska this year.​
    The 5'11, 179 lbs WR from Downers Grove North High in IL doesn't have the speed you would suspect from someone his size that is so highly ranked (#5 WR, #11 Overall), but what sets him apart from everyone else is the way he runs his routes. He proved this time and time again on the camp circut during the summer, highlighted by his performance at The Opening, where he would find a inch of separation due to his cuts and snag in almost every ball. It also helps that he can jump out the gym, as his highlight film is full of deep bombs that Jones just snag out the air.​
    Jones said he decided to attend Nebraska over Notre Dame (his other finalist) was due to Nebraska being in the B1G, and with the everlasting changing landscape of college football, there's no telling what it's going to look like in the near future.​
    With the WR unit the way it is, Jones might be able to come in during the fall and win a job. But this is the first huge win for the new staff on the recruiting trail and shows that they came to play.​
     
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    What We've Learned So Far
    1. The Offensive Line is bad....very bad.

    It is the first glaring weakness we have seen so far this season. The big boys up front have not been consistent at all this season. For every big play we've seen, they give up 2-3 bad plays. While the defense came out flat against South Carolina, it was the offensive line that allowed Rex Burkhead to be tackled in the backfield before the FG that hit the crossbar and lose the game. If Rex gets back to the line, we could be looking at a 3-1 team right now (a very flawed 3-1 team, but 3-1 > 2-2). They have to get better as the season goes on, or Florida might not be an option for the team come January.​
    2. The defense is not that great either
    While the defense is somewhat better than the offensive line, they aren't that good either. The unit always seems to give up a big play at the wrong time. Tackling seems optional for the defense, and it leads to a lot of 8-10 yard plays that should have been 2-4 yards. Hopefully they get it together quick, because the offenses in the B1G are licking their chops right now.​
    3. We might have a QB battle on our hands
    Brion Carnes emergence at the end of the Wyoming game opens the door for what could be a potential replacement for the pain that is Taylor Martinez. Now granted, T-Mart played his best game of the season last week (the 3 picks were not his fault, he had no time), he's been average at best. Seeing Carnes come in and do what everyone wanted Martinez to do did not help. It can all be said after the game when coach White stated that he will see how Martinez will perform in the 1st half against Wisconsin and go from there. Taylor's days seemed to be numbered now.​
     
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    BREAKING NEWS: BRION CARNES NAMED STARING QB FOR WISCONSIN GAME
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    Carnes is set to lead the Huskers into Homecoming
    Coach Justin White just announced in his weekly Friday presser that RS Sophomore Brion Carnes will be the starting QB come Saturday for the Homecoming showdown versus Wisconsin. White said that Carnes and the receivers clicked in practice more this week than they did when Junior Taylor Martinez was taking reps under center, and after last week's performance in the comeback win against Wyoming, you have to go with what seems to be working.​
    White though said this is a week-by-week case, and if Carnes doesn't produce, then Martinez could see the field again.​
     
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    Live Blog
    We're trying something new here at 'Sea of Red' tonight for Homecoming. We will be giving live updates throughout the game as the Huskers face off against the Badgers for this clash. As it was broken yesterday, Brion Carnes will be starting under center for Nebraska, while Danny O'Brien will be a game-time decision for Wisconsin. Come back here as we get closer to kickoff.​

    Pregame: As broken by 'The Badgers Den', Wisconsin QB Danny O'Brien got off the bus with the team with his arm in a sling. No telling if this is a decoy or not, but it looks like he will not be starting today.

    Nebraska won the toss and deferred until the 2nd half and we're ready.

    1st quarter 8:00: James White receives the ball in his endzone and takes it to the 28 yard line

    7:57: CORRECTION: DANNY O'BRIEN DID IN FACT START FOR WISCONSIN

    5:44: A mistake by Wisconsin leads to a Nebraska INT, and Nebraska gets the ball on their 37 yd line

    3:41: After a Burkhead 1st down, Wisconsin gets a sack and Nebraska couldn't get started again and punts to the Wisconsin 24 yd line

    0:39: Another promising Wisconsin drive is stalled and they have to settle for 3. 3-0 Wisconsin

    0:00: Nebraska is at their 29 yard line as the quarter ends

    2nd quarter 7:02: Carnes throws an INT after 2 first down runs by Abdullah

    3:43: Wisconsin finally punches it in on a long drive, 10-0 Wisconsin

    2:04: Burkhead and Abdullah bust off some big runs that lead to a PA TD pass, 10-7 Wisconsin

    0:25: Heard gets an INT and gives Nebraska one last chance in the half

    Halftime: Nebraska chooses to run the clock out and go into the half down three. 10-7 Wisconsin

    3rd quarter 8:00: Abdullah receives the ball and takes a knee to bring it out to their 20.

    5:42: Nebraska stalls on their 42 and is forced to punt

    4:02: Nebraska's defense steps up on 3 and short and forces Wisconsin to punt

    2:08: A huge Carnes option keeper gets Nebraska down the field, but they have to settle for 3 to tie the game. 10-10

    0:10: James White breaks a huge run to put Wisconsin back up. 17-10 Wisconsin

    4th quarter 6:07: Nebraska drives down the field and Carnes throws his 2nd TD. 17-17

    5:21: Nebraska doesn't allow Wisconsin to gain any yards and force a punt

    4:23: After another huge option play, Burkhead punches it in from the 1 and Nebraska gets their first lead of the game. 24-17 Nebraska

    3:21: Wisconsin goes for it on 4th down and comes up very, very short.

    2:32: Nebraska pounds the ball, forces Wisconsin to use all 3 timeouts, and Burkhead punches it in. 31-17 Nebraska

    2:01: Green picks off O'Brien and that should do it.

    0:00: Carnes takes a knee and Nebraska for the 2nd straight week pulls off a home comeback win

    STATS

    Nebraska:
    B. Carnes: 8-13, 161 yds, 2 TDs, 1 INT; 8 car, 58 yds
    R. Burkhead: 18 car, 132 yds, 2 TDs
    Nebraska secondary: 3 INTs

    Wisconsin:
    D. O'Brien: 17-29, 170 yds, 3 INTs
    M. Ball: 14 car, 50 yds
    J. White: 9 car, 87 yds, 1 TD
     
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    Huskers Look For Consistency in 2012
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    Ameer Abdullah will be the key for Nebraska
    Last season was a tough one for Nebraska. Every time the team looked to be on the up, they would trip up and halt any momentum they built. This could not be highlighted more than the last two games of the season, where Nebraska went down to Iowa and halted the Hawkeyes' perfect season, only to get shellacked by Florida in the Gator Bowl. For a team that at times looked like the best team in the B1G, this was only fustrating.
    Coach Justin White made some changes during the spring, adopting a more no-huddle approach as practices were fast-paced. "We have the weapons to be successful," White said at media day 2 weeks ago "We just have to use them to the best of their abilities and I take full blame for that last season." White has pretty much eliminated the Pistol from the playbook, learning from Gus Malzahn on a trip down in Arkansas.
    It starts by finding out who will be the QB. Junior Brion Carnes for the most part looked good, but White said it is an open competition between Carnes and Senior Taylor Martinez. Carnes could find himself in the same position Martinez did last year, this time being the one pulled from his job. There has been some excitement about Freshman Brandon Davis, and he might have a word in the competition at the end of the day.
    The playmaker on the offense though will have to be Ameer Abdullah. The junior from Alabama rushed for 410 yards last season and is the reigning B1G Special Teams POY. Abdullah now won't have to back up Rex Burkhead and there will be no question who is going to receive the bulk of the carries. Junior Aaron Green is right there to spell Abdullah when needed, and freshman Micah Carpenter should push both as another option.
    Last season, Kenny Bell, Quincy Enunwa, and Justin Turner took turns being the #1 WR. All 3 ended up with at least 600 yards receiving. One will have to break from the pack to make the passing game a bigger threat. The wideout most Husker fans are excited about though, is freshman Brandon Jones, who's impact in the slot will be key as Nebraska moves to more 4-5 WR sets. The Huskers do lose their top 2 TEs from last year, so RS senior Jake Long and freshman Jimmy Jamison will have to step up and fill the void left there.
    Last year's entire offensive line is back, headed by senior guards Andrew Rodriguez and Spencer Long. Jeremiah Sirles returns as the starting left tackle, and Cole Pensick is back to guide the line at center. The key for the unit will be junior Tyler Moore, who gave up 11 sacks last season. With another year under their belt, they should give whoever is the QB time to operate.
    Outside of QB, the biggest question mark on the team is the defensive line. RS junior Chase Rome is the leader up front along with RS senior Jason Ankrah, but how RS senior Thaddeus Randle on the inside and RS junior Donovan Vestal at end will perform is a big unknown.
    The linebacker core isn't much more sure. RS sophomore David Santos is back to lead the unit after totaling 43 sacks last season. Senior Zaire Anderson, his backup a season ago, will play on the opposite side of him. Trevor Roach will have to step in for Will Compton, who led the team with 91 tackles a year ago. Freshmen Steven Dobbs and Michael Rose could also make an impact from the outside to give Santon and Anderson a break every now and then.
    The secondary is stacked even will the loss of it's best playmaker from a year ago. All-B1G CB Andrew Green leads a very talented CB unit that includes 2 other seniors (Mohammed Seisay and Ciante Evans). Junior Braylon Heard is also a decent hand in the secondary. The safety unit is new, with RS Junior Corey Cooper starting at FS, while surprise freshman Brian Hawkins has won the job over his more highly-touted classmate Robert McFarland. If the safeties can keep the deep plays at a minimum, it will go a long way to helping the team.
    It won't be an easy road that's for sure. Road games @ LSU, Michigan, and Penn State complicates things. Add in the Oklahoma game we thought we would never see again, and those pose as the biggest obstacles as far as contending goes. The good news though is that OSU and Wisconsin rotate off the schedule for Indiana and Illinois. The LSU game will tell a lot about this team. If it goes as last year, expect another 7-5 season. If they can actually compete (or even win), you can start getting excited.
     
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    Midseason Report
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    Ameer Abdullah has led the Huskers to a 5-1 start
    1. Ameer Abdullah has become the best RB in the B1G
    The key to Nebraka's success this season has so far fallen on the legs of junior Ameer Abdullah. Abdullah came out to a slow start in the first 3 games, all against top-10 foes (a feather in the cap of Coach White), but since then has rushed for 458 yards and is 3rd in the nation in rushing. He is also the most dangerous return man in the B1G, if not the NCAA, and Abdullah is now getting some Heisman hype. People didn't understand completely when Coach White had Rex Burkhead spilt time with him, but it has become clear.​
    2. The impact of Jones and Hawkins
    The two freshmen have come in and have done nothing but impress so far. Brian Hawkins earned the starting SS job as soon as he touched campus and has been a force on defense, tied for 5th in the nation in tackles. Nebraska's depth at WR saw Brandon Jones come in as the 4th receiver, but Kenny Bell's injury forced him into more playing time, and Jones has taken advantage. He leads the team in receiving yards (541) and TDs (5), and it has been due to his amazing route running that sees him getting open over and over. Jones has played like the best freshman receiver this season, and with Kenny Bell coming back soon, he should wreck havock from the slot.​
    3. The move to a no-huddle offense has done wonders
    Credit has to go to Coach White on this one. While it may not be like Oregon's pace, the offense has been on fire since the loss to Georgia. The offense has amassed 349+ yards of offense these past 4 games. Even with Taylor Martinez and Kenny Bell out with injuries, it hasn't held them back. The way they can exploit defenses while maintaining long drives have been nothing but beautiful. Hopefully they can keep it up.​
    4. The defense is hit or miss
    There are times, like against Northwestern or Oklahoma, where the defense has looked steller. Then there are the games like Georgia, LSU, and Penn St. where they just look flat out bad. Trevor Roach has been steller, tied for 2nd in the nation in tackles with 35. Chase Rome has been a force on the line with 6.5 sacks. The DBs outside of Hawkins have been below average, and you would expect better from a unit led by 3 senior corners. This is the one area of the team that might come back to bite them.​
    2nd half outlook
    The road does not get any easier for the Huskers. Depending on how the rest of the conference plays out, Nebraska could finish the regular season facing 7 top-25 teams. No other team in the nation's schedule compares to that. Minnesota and Indiana should be easy wins. Whenever Michigan St. comes up against an actual good team, they haven't played well. Michigan has been up and down, especially at home, so there's no telling what to expect from them. Illinois actually looks like the real deal, so that game could be a hiccup. Then you have the Hawkeyes coming into Lincoln wanting payback for last season. Then you have to account for a matchup against either Wisconsin, Ohio State, or Illinois in the B1G championship. If the Huskers can somehow run the table and there is a bunch of 1-loss teams, outside of Georgia, who would have a better resume to play for a title over the Huskers?​
     

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