Time to dust off your Husker duds and get ready for another exciting Big Red Football Contest. Like that? Contest, game, struggle, it's all the same. Two teams fighting it out to see who's the best on one particular day. And one never knows. That's the way the ball bounces, the way the cookie crumbles, who gets the calls, who makes the mistakes, who wins the turn-over battle. It just goes on and on.
One thing we do know is that this week's game should be very exciting. It's Rutgers University vs The University of Nebraska. Two teams which have not played since Election Day, 1920. (If you have not read about that game, you need to do so. The language alone is worth it.) Also, in case you don't already know, Rutgers and Princeton played in what is considered the very first intercollegate football game back in 1869, Rutgers 6, Princeton 4. That has nothing to do with this week, I just thought you might like to know.
Rutgers will present a pro-style, multiple formation type of offense under the capable direction of none other than offensive co-ordinator, Ralph Friedgen. Sound familiar, it should. He has a very talented QB in Gary Nova, who at present is rated 19th nationally in ESPN's total QBR. He comes in at 6'2", 220#. Nova can throw it down the field but is not so much a running threat. He has a strong offensive line with some really big boys blocking. They don't have power backs, but slashers that can run the ball well. Blackshirt tackling will be at a premium.
Speaking of the Blackshirts, 16 were passed out after the Northwestern victory. Let's hope they tackle from here on out like they did in the second half, as opposed to the first. They were getting to the play but not wrapping up. The O line is really starting to play much better together, even with second teamers coming in to give the first team a rest. The subs played very well and were a major factor in fourth quarter scoring. Keep it up.
In the first game between these two schools, the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers wore black uniforms, so that their guest could wear their usual "Red". They wore odd numbers, NU wore even. Odd. I don't think that there will be any confusion as whom is who this week. Huskers should win and run the record up to 2-0. I'm thinking 42-17. But then again, who knows?
I do know this for sure. The game will be shown at 12:00 at Coldbrew's in Roswell, 880 Holcomb Bridge RD. Yes, 12:00 NOON. The middle of the day. Hard to believe, I know. Bring the kids, the mama's and the papa's, the neighbors, or just yourself. Have a fine lunch and a refreshing beverage, sit back and scream for OUR Scarlet and Cream!!!
Perhaps that earlier hour will inspire those of you GFNers who have not yet come out this year,to do so. We'd love to see you and yours. It would also be a great opportunity to sign up as a member of GRN or renew your past membership for this year. Either way, it would be fabulous to see you.
Ross Bishoff, one of our newest Board Members has been taking pics like crazy and posting them to the GFN Facebook Page. Take a look and "like" them.
Hope to see you Saturday,
Ric, Athene, Cheryl, Jackie, Ross, Mikahla, Patty
GO BIG RED!!!