Friday, October 29, 2010

Nebraska Cornhuskers Football 2010: A Year Worth Remembering, so far

By: Evan Troxel

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Nebraska Football or for those who are familiar just to recall, Nebraska finished with a 9-4 record in the 2008-2009 season and a 10-4 record in the 2009 season.
So far in the 2010 season the Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Team has a record of 6-1 vs. their opponents. Nebraska is 2-1 vs. Big 12 Conference Opponents. Last season at this point in the year, Nebraska was 4-3 with a 1-2 record in the Conference. In 2010, Nebraska has scored a high of 56 points in a game and a low score of 13 points in a game. The biggest margin of victory for Nebraska is 39 points. The lowest margin of victory for Nebraska is 10 points.
Nebraska is coming off two consecutive improved seasons from the previous year. In 2008-2009 Nebraska made a bowl game and barely won the Gator Bowl. In the 2009 season they won Big 12 North, appeared in the Big 12 Championship Game, and won the Holiday Bowl. In the Holiday Bowl, it was the first time ever Nebraska shut out their opponent in a bowl game—hard to believe. Nebraska can measurably improve their record (from last season) by winning ten games and only losing 3 games (even if they don’t appear in the Big 12 Championship Game).
Nebraska has won national championships in the past in 1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, and 1997. They’ve won them all playing in the Orange Bowl except for winning the Fiesta Bowl in 1995. I’ll be satisfied if Nebraska keeps narrowing their losses each season or doesn’t lose more games than the previous season. If they tie the number of losses from the previous season (like last season) then I hope they would have appeared in the Big 12 Championship Game (win or lose). Regardless, let’s hope all athletes just keep doing their best and are the upmost prepared.
If you want to know my view on the quarterback situation, here it is. I watched Taylor Martinez play when he scored that touchdown to kick off the third quarter against Kansas State this year, 80 Yards! That’s really like the only action I can remember off the top of my head about him. He has quick speed and can maneuver around anybody really well. I think, Taylor Martinez may be playing the wrong sport. He probably could be lettering on the Varsity team for the Huskers running cross country. I think he should be a Heisman Trophy finalist although he’s only a redshirt freshman. Well, maybe I got the wrong impression of him.
Regardless of any of that, I like how head coach Bo Pelini is letting the quarterbacks get some action. Playing 3 quarterbacks though I don’t think is the smartest thing to do. I believe two quarterbacks is better. So if one of them gets hurt, the other one is ready to go and knows what to do. I like Zac Lee so put him in and make Cody Green the backup! Or, make Green the starter and just let Zac Lee get some playing time so he’s ready when Green gets hurt. Regardless, play Lee and let Martinez wait his turn. He’ll get his chance.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Season has gone like this:
49-10 Win vs. Western Kentucky
38-17 Win vs. Idaho
56-21 Win at Washington
17-3 Win vs. South Dakota State
48-13 Win vs. Kansas State
13-20 Loss vs. Texas
51-41 Win at Oklahoma State

The remaining schedule is the following:
*All start times are Central Standard Time
Sat, Oct 30 vs. Missouri (Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE) 2:30 p.m. ABC
Sat, Nov 06 at Iowa State (at Ames, Iowa) 2:30 p.m. ABC
Sat, Nov 13 vs. Kansas (Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE) TBA
Sat, Nov 20 at Texas A&M (at College Station, Texas) TBA
Fri, Nov 26 vs. Colorado (Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE) 2:30 p.m. ABC

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