For all the renewed optimism around Husker fans this week, it's quite a bit of a surprise to see the glut of tickets on the market for the Baylor game. I mean, Baylor isn't the same old Baylor; two weeks ago, they blasted Iowa State 38-10. (The same score difference of last week's Nebraska/Iowa State game, if you recall.) They also beat Washington State rather soundly as well. Art Briles has the Bears playing much better, especially in their rushing game. And Robert Griffin kind of reminds me of Kansas State's Michael Bishop or Ell Roberson; quarterbacks who can beat you with their arm or leg.
Maybe it's not a big game for Nebraska if the Huskers win, but I guarantee it'll look like a big game if Baylor pulls off the upset. For what it's worth, Bo Pelini continues to be pleased with practices, which is surely linked to the Huskers improved play the last couple of weeks. Win, and Nebraska is 5-3 and in great position to get to bowl eligibility. (And maybe even more, should Missouri and Kansas completely implode... Not likely, to be sure, but still mathematically possible.)
AJ the Huskerh8r is understandably irritable this week. Between his Tigers swooning on the national stage and his 4-8 prediction looking fragile, all he's got is his belt and scoreboard from two weeks ago. Nebraska's victory over Iowa State made it impossible to keep ranking the Huskers 6th in the North...so now he rates the Big Red 5th. That's right...behind Colorado and Kansas State.
Colorado? Where they are rotating quarterbacks, because, well, they don't really have a quarterback? Oh, but AJ says it's because their defense has been "playing well". 39 points to Florida State's #29 offense? Oh, but they held West Virginia to 14 points...oh wait, the Mountaineers are #79 in 1-A in offense. Well, they did hold 1-AA Eastern Washington to 24 points.
Oh, but that West Virginia victory is better than anything Nebraska has done this season. Well, kind of. Sagarin has West Virginia #56, which is better than Nebraska's victories over #59 San Jose State and #60 Western Michigan. Oh, and Sagarin says that #31 Nebraska is better than #53 Colorado.
And don't get me started on Kansas State. Even TB & the gang at BringOnTheCats recognize the Turd Casserole they're being forced to digest this season.