This Saturday is B1G. The opening of B1G Conference Play. Now the real test begins Throw out all that has happened up to now. NOW is what matters. Oh, it's been interesting, but it's about to get WILD!!!
Nebraska travels to Champaign. Ill. to face off against the Fighting Illini for only the 12th time ever. The Scarlet and Cream hold a 9-2-1 advantage. Their Memorial Stadium holds 60,670 and has a field turf surface. From what I have read, they have a hard time filling the seats. Maybe they will make an exception for NU. If not, hope it's full of the Big Red Nation.
Illinois played fairly well in their warm-ups, and put up some impressive numbers. One could question the quality of the opposition and see just an ok start. NU, on the other hand, played to better competition, and it's sort of confusing trying to sort out what happened, exactly. One thing is for certain, improvement is needed, especially in the defensive backfield.
The Husker coaching staff and players are working hard on learning the new system and getting the right people in place. Seems like we need a bunch more. That will come in time. Right now we've got what we've got.
Look for a really spirited contest. Illinois trying to prove the "pre-season" was not a fluke, and Nebraska trying to get better and more consistent. Illinois has a lot of talented athletes, and their experienced QB, Wes Lunt, is going to test the secondary with his arm and an arsenal of receivers. They have a pretty fair running attack, but look for Nebraska's D to pretty much take care of that. They do have good special teams and have already blocked a couple of kicks this year. Pay attention Drew Brown and the field goal unit.
I'm looking for a pretty even contest until the fourth quarter when the Huskers get tired of playing Mr. Nice Guy, and put an end to it. I like Huskers 38, Illini 17.
The game will be shown at 3:30 at Coldbrew's in Roswell, 880 Holcomb Bridge RD. As always, come early for a good seat, first come first served. Let's fill the place and kick off the B1G Season in style. Got some great raffle prizes and we'll play "two minute drill" at halftime.
Hope to see you there this Saturday.
GO BIG RED!!!