Who is going to win the B1G conference in men’s hoops?

-Six teams are within one game of each other for first place (Michigan State, Illinois, Rutgers, Iowa, Penn State, Maryland) in the conference. Tonight is a huge night, with Rutgers vs. Maryland; Ohio State vs. Michigan; and Penn State vs. Michigan State. Will Tom Izzo win the league again or be outdone by an up-and-coming team?

 

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Ongoing discussion of B1G Transfer rules and status of Nebrasketball’s difficulty to ascend in conference next year

-Jake and Sip take more calls and texts on the big topic of the day regarding B1G Athletic Directors discussing their idea for a one-time transfer policy in Division 1 for all sports without needing to sit out a year.

-And, regarding Nebrasketball…can they really ascend quickly next year? The reasons for concern are that those “gimmie” wins of the past are now tough wins…there’s not really an easy win anywhere (Northwestern’s record is bad but they’ve played a lot of close games)

 

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Nebraska football gets a walk-on kicker/punter over the weekend…could there ever be as bad of a year in placekicking as we saw in 2019?

-Tyler Crawford from Oklahoma announced he’ll join the team as a preferred walk-on…whether he’s good or not or the answer or not…can the kicking game ever be as bad as it was last year ever again?

-Also, SONG OF THE DAY (sponsored by Sartor Hamann Jewelers):

 

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Rick Kaczenski (Former Nebraska/Iowa DL coach)

-Does defense still win championships or can the Chiefs’ offensive identity continue to win big consistently?

-National Signing Day in February is all but a thing of the past…do you like it in December more or the way it always was before?

-How important is Spring Football in setting the tone for the regular season?

 

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B1G ADs are in support of a one-time transfer exemption in all sports…is that the proper solution to current matters?

-Ohio State AD Gene Smith told ESPN that this was the hope of B1G athletic directors, and they’re hoping to raise the current moratorium on transfer discussion this spring, in order to have a vote at the 2021 NCAA Convention

-Is this the proper way to handle the transfer epidemic? If you want to transfer twice, you’ll have to sit out a season with the new program. If you transfer just once, you can play right away. What’s the perfect solution?

 

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Nebraska Fantasy (sponsored by Ameristar Council Bluffs)

-This week’s question:  How many passing yards will Joe Burrow have on Saturday against Oklahoma? 

Picks:  LA Tech/Miami (Independence Bowl)     Pitt/Eastern Michigan (Quick Lane Bowl) 

 

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As we look ahead to a new year and new decade, do you truly believe it is possible for Nebraska to make it to the College Football Playoff?

-It’s a big step to discuss for a team that’s now missed 3 straight bowl games to end the decade. But, we’ve talked about the impressive recruiting class Nebraska pulled together despite a 5-7 season, and you’d have to think that winning consistently can help that go even higher eventually…right? 

-Wisconsin fans probably believe their team can make the playoff, and for good reason; look at 2017 when they were undefeated going into the Big Ten Championship game but lost. They were right there. Nebraska fans have been through hell…so let’s do if they really still believe..can this program get back to that level? 

 

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Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa look like franchise QBs in this draft…and Jake is sad because his Dolphins probably won’t get either

Burrow looked better in the game, but Tua still looked good in the second half. Yet, Jake is sad because his Dolphins won their 2nd straight game, and look like they won’t have a chance to get either QB. THAT’S. SO. DOLPHINS.

Nebrasketball loses to Southern Utah in 2 OTs to fall to 0-2 for the first time since 1987-88 / Shut Up Sipple (sponsored by Bagels & Joe)

  • Yep, that happened again. Nebraska led for 37 minutes in the game, but couldn’t close with free throws again, and despite a Jervay Green 3-pointer to force OT at the end of regulation, Nebraska couldn’t get the bucket it needed in the overtime periods to win. And now they’ve lost 2 ‘bye’ games. Yikes.
  • So….let’s dive into what Cary Cochran said earlier. What sticks out that Nebraska can build off of?

Scott Frost isn’t sleeping well with where Nebraska’s at right now…will anything over the final 3 games help at all?

  • Sip sat down with Frost at length last week and wrote about it, as Frost mentioned that he has no thoughts about changing his staff because he believes they’re all going to get it done here….but also mentioned that he doesn’t deal well with guys who don’t have an urgency to win at all costs, in terms of players
  • How can the staff find answers in the next 3 games to have something to build on heading into 2020? How crippling could 3 losses following the bye be; and how beneficial could winning 2 of 3 to get to a bowl game be?

Let’s give some more props to Lovie Smith and Illinois, who are BOWL-ELIGIBLE

  • And it wasn’t exactly easy for the Illini—they trailed 28-3 at one point, and 31-10 entering the 4th quarter AT Michigan State….and ended up winning, 37-34, to become bowl-eligible. Simply awesome. Also….Northwestern falls to 1-8…and Indiana is RANKED!
  • Also, SONG OF THE DAY (sponsored by Sartor Hamann Jewelers):

Cary Cochran (Former Nebrasketball shooting guard)

  • Nebrasketball loses its first 2 games to ‘bye’ opponents UC-Riverside and Southern Utah…how would you calm the masses who are panicking right now?
  • How long does it truly take for a team to come together? These guys are still all brand new to each other. But you thought the talent would still be good enough to beat these types of teams…
  • Can Fred Hoiberg’s offensive style win in the Big Ten down the road? What’s the key to success?