Early Break

PICKS OF THE WEEKEND / Jake’s Holiday greetings as he does his last show for 10 days

-Arizona State/Fresno State

Utah State/North Texas


-Georgia Southern/Eastern Michigan

Mid Ten State/App State

Nebrasketball/Oklahoma St

Lee Sterling (Paramount Sports) / Shut Up Sipple

-Last week: No show

-(NFL): Minnesota (-8) vs. Miami –

(NCAA): Oregon (-3) vs. Michigan State

-Ohio State (-6’) vs. Washington

-Clemson (-11’) vs. Notre Dame

-Alabama (-14) vs. Oklahoma

-GAME OF WEEK: Mississippi State (-6’) vs. Iowa

With Nebraska missing 2 straight bowl games and the B1G missing the CFP for 3 straight years, do you find yourself rooting for B1G teams in bowl games this season?

-There are 2 types of fans: those who root for the conference to be successful; and fans who want all opposing conference teams to fail miserably. See: Texas, Iowa, others

-With the conference needing to up its image, though…how much can a successful bowl season aid in getting more respect for the conference champion next year? Can you, the fan, willingly root for Wisconsin/Iowa/Ohio State/Michigan/others to win their bowl games?

Derek Bombeck (Lincoln Convention & Visitors Bureau)

-Final X 2019, The Comedy Loft, North Pole Express, Lincoln Stars hockey, and…..a giveaway


Cary Cochran (Former Nebrasketball shooting guard)

-Almost a week removed from Nebrasketball’s win against Creighton…what were impressions of Nebraska in that game? 14 3-pointers still seems bizarre today

-What do we know about this team through 10 games? What DON’T we know through 10 games?

-How important is Sunday’s game against Oklahoma State? Is there any reason Huskers should lose?

Nebraska volleyball makes an incredible comeback in its final four matchup against Illinois

-Recap of last night’s game….what it means to the program and John Cook’s legacy….etc.

-Does Nebraska ever take ‘greatness’ for granted? Jake and Parker were very young when Nebraska football had the 60-3 stretch in football….what was that like, though? Sip always mentions that there were complaints about not beating teams by big enough margins, although they won 3 out of 4 national championships. Have we not learned with what happened to Nebraska athletics over the last 20 years that we should never take any sort of winning for granted ever again?

Mike Schaefer (247 Sports / Huskers Illustrated): Part 3

-What wager does Schaefer want to bet with Sorensen on this Sunday’s Dolphins/Vikings showdown?

-How much does Nebrasketball getting respect early in the season help at the end of the year if they somehow are on the fringe of the NCAA Tournament?

Mike Schaefer (247 Sports / Huskers Illustrated): Part 2 / PIPE DOWN PARKER

-Who in this class could be the biggest impact-makers and who would potentially push for playing time as a true freshman?

-When will we start seeing gains on Ohio State in recruiting for players without Urban Meyer being there, if we’re not seeing that already?

Mike Schaefer (247 Sports / Huskers Illustrated): Part 1

-6 days away from Early National Signing Day…what percent of this class do you expect to sign in December, and will the February Signing Day eventually go away?

-What’s the status of Lloyd Summerall and Nebraska’s chances of getting him….Ty Robinsin? Noah Pola-Gates?

-How high should/will Nebraska end up in recruiting rankings? Is that only because of large class or is that something we can expect going forward?

MAILBAG!!!! Your questions, our answers

-As always, email your questions to earlybreak937@gmail.com or tweet @ParkerCyza


Is John Cook the greatest coach to ever coach any sport ever in Nebraska sports history?

-That might be the case if he beats Illinois tonight and also beats BYU/Stanford in the Finals on Saturday, to claim what would be his 3rd national title in 4 years, and his 5th overall title at Nebraska. He currently has a record of 555-75 as coach of Nebraska, a winning percentage of .881—absolutely remarkable

-The competition, of course, is Tom Osborne and Bob Devaney. What’s the more impressive accomplishment—Osborne/Devaney’s success in football, or Cook’s run in volleyball?

There might actually be movement in the College Football Playoff moving to 8 teams; is this the best answer, or will there always be tinkering?

-Parker Cyza in for Steve Sipple

-Nicole Auerbach wrote a long column for The Athletic that featured her speaking with big names associated with the College Football Playoff who believe that an 8-team playoff could happen sooner rather than later—and that it is what the sport needs to be successful

-One problem that hurts a bit is the likely elimination of the conference championship game. The champion would just be decided in the regular season based on record—is that OK with people to lose that and just make it season-oriented?

-Is there an absolute perfect fix to all this or not?