Nothing against the Big Red, but the last of the Steve Pederson body-bag games might be the worst of the bunch. South Dakota State is a 1-AA team that's 0-2 so far this season. They don't really run the ball all that well, and they've thrown five interceptions against only one touchdown pass. Oh, and they can't really stop the run either. So unless the Huskers decide to turn the ball over eight or more times, this one should be over early.
The biggest news of the day is that Bo Pelini awarded the Blackshirts to the starters on defense. From a pure accomplishment perspective, the defense earned them last week. But deep down, I still think there's something to be said about giving it to the first teamers before the first game. I'm conflicted on this one, but after what happened in 2004-07, it's hard to argue against the point that the Blackshirts really are something that needs to be earned on the field.
I'm really interested in seeing how the Nighthawks game turns out on multiple levels. The photos of a striped Rosenblatt Stadium look better than I thought it would; the left field bleachers might be some of the best cheap seats anywhere in football. The only issue I see is that the new sod probably needed a bit more fertilizer to green it up a little better.
I'm fully expecting parking to be a Royal pain in the rear; it's been a while since I've navigated the College World Series, and I'm not looking forward to finding a spot down there tomorrow. And no, I'm not burning vacation time to attend a minor league football game. It'll be much better next season when TD Ameritrade Park opens with two to three times as many parking spots surrounding the stadium.
With all the talk about the Nighthawks, there haven't been much to discuss about the team to this point. Jeff Garcia and Ahman Green would have made a nice core of a fantasy football team five years ago, but what about 2010? Robert Ferguson was a decent receiver with the Packers earlier this decade, but what about now? And what kind of offense is head coach Jeff Jagodzinski going to put together at this level with this personnel? I just found the depth chart buried in the game notes; looks like former Husker defensive in Jay Moore will be starting along with former Oklahoma defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek. Of course, I don't have anything else to compare this team to, so it'll be interesting to see just what we see tomorrow night.