Nebrasketball – Illinois preview / PICKS OF THE WEEKEND

  • Nebraska hosts Illinois to begin B1G play on Sunday…can they get off to a 1-0 start against the pesky Illini?
  • Alabama/Georgia
  • Oklahoma/Texas
  • Ohio State/Northwestern
  • Utah/Washington
  • Pittsburgh/Clemson
  • Nebrasketball/Illinois

Lee Sterling (Paramount Sports) / Shut Up Sipple

  • Last week: No Show
  • Alabama (-13) vs Georgia
  • Oklahoma (-7) vs Texas
  • Ohio State (-14) vs Northwestern
  • NFL: Kansas City (-15) vs Oakland
  • NFL: Miami (-5) vs Buffalo
  • Game of the Week (NFL) Denver (-3) vs Cincinnati

Are we approaching a year and maybe multiple years where the B1G West is completely wide open and difficult to predict who comes out on top?

  • Wisconsin appears to have come back to Earth after a disappointing 7-5 season, and Iowa is good but not great, and Northwestern won it this year and has won 15 of 16 conference games somehow…while Nebraska appears to be back on the rise, as well as Purdue and Minnesota…how does this look next year and upcoming years?
  • You’d like to think that Nebraska is on the path to taking over the division sometime soon, but that might be wishful thinking. Is anyone going to take a stranglehold of the division or is it just going to be constant beating up on each other?

Derek Bombeck (Lincoln Convention & Visitors Bureau)

  • Railyard ice rink grand opening, NovemBEARD brews and beers festival, Holidays in Haymarket, and Nebraska Power Farming Show
  • Also, SONG OF THE DAY

Coach K and Dabo Swinney are calling out students and fans for their criticism of their very good and successful products…what if that ever happened at Nebraska with Frost/Miles/others?

  • Was there a time in Nebraska’s 60-3 stretch with Tom Osborne that the fans weren’t impressed with a certain victory enough, even though they won 3 out of 4 National Championships?
  • That would be a very good problem to have at Nebraska, with a lot of winning coming from it…can you see Frost or Miles or anyone else ever having an issue with the fans? We know Bo Pelini unfortunately…even though that wasn’t meant for public ears.

The Husker football recruiting class of 2017 continues to fall apart…how much does that affect their upcoming teams and how does Scott Frost overcome it?

  • On Thursday, Guy Thomas became the latest to leave Nebraska from their 2017 class—Nebraska had 20 players in that class, and have already lost 10 (!!) players from it, while a few others have stuck around but haven’t contributed at all yet
  • How much does this essentially failed and empty class hurt Nebraska’s chances of winning at a high level soon, and what can Scott Frost and his staff do to overcome the overall failures of the class?

Jovan Dewitt apparently doesn’t think Nebraska has enough players capable of being good on special teams

-How is that possible with a 100+ man roster? A change is being made at long snapper because Dewitt doesn’t believe Jordan Ober is good enough in coverage

-There is a major issue if you can’t find enough guys who are capable of playing special teams

Parker Gabriel (Lincoln Journal Star) / Shut Up Sipple

-Is this the week for Nebraska’s first win, and could it start a run of success before the Ohio State game in early November?

-Will Nebraska keep experimenting with new personnel at places or are they going to keep things where they’re at for a while?

-Is the poor start to the season affecting recruiting at all?

How much can the last 7 games of the season change your view of what 2019 looks like compared to your current thoughts?

-Nebraska is 0-5 currently; let’s say they go 5-2 down the stretch somehow. What’s your thoughts on 2019 compared to if they go 2-5 down the stretch and finish 2-10 overall? Same expectations for 2019 as it would be at 5-7 or not? Just expecting things to click in 2019 because the schedule is easier and you have the implementation year over with?

-It’s such an interesting dynamic to think of how much things can change for the better or for the worse over a span of 7 games after an 0-5 start. What are fans expecting next year at the current moment and also what current record are they projecting for this current season after the start?

Isaiah Roby seems to be Nebrasketball’s best NBA prospect, so how does he get more involved in the offense?

-James Palmer and Isaac Copeland carried the load last year for the offense, and Roby was involved, too…but more and more draft boards are projecting Roby with the highest potential for the next level…does he become the go-to player?

-Also, SONG OF THE DAY:

Sean Callahan (Husker Online)

-Is Nebraska’s defense getting any better, and will it the rest of the season?

-What’s the best way to fix Nebraska’s 3rd down woes on offense?

-How does Nebraska stack up against Northwestern?

Erik Chinander says Nebraska has a long ways to go to catch up to power football teams….how long is that, exactly?

-Chinander spoke Tuesday after practice and mentioned that it’s going to be a while before Nebraska beats the likes of Michigan and Wisconsin with their power running offenses…the question becomes with Nebraska’s ideal brand of offense, will their defenses ever be ready for that type of attack?

-Can you form the current players into a team that is able of stopping those teams or is it all new players in a new recruiting philosophy?

-More from practice on Tuesday: