Posted on: November 29, 2010 1:34 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Oklahoma went out and took care of its business on Saturday night, defeating its in-state rival Oklahoma State in Bedlam, and because of it, the Sooners are now on their way to Dallas to take on Nebraska in the Big 12 Championship. Unfortunately for the Sooners, while they may have won the game, it looks like they may have lost a couple of starters as well. Most notably, running back DeMarco Murray.
Murray injured his left knee in the fourth quarter when he took a helmet to it on a run. He did not return to the game, and it seems possible that he may not be able to return in time for Saturday's game either. Though Bob Stoops isn't entirely sure of anything concerning Murray at the moment.
"I'll have something a little more to say and make sure (the media) knows probably closer to practice or after practice," Stoops said Monday during his weekly teleconference.
Obviously, being without Murray would be a bit of a blow to the Sooners offense. He's eclipsed 1,000 yards this season for the second time in his career. Along with Murray's status, the condition of starting safety Jonathan Nelson is also up in the air at the moment. Nelson, who was second in tackles on the Oklahoma defense heading into Bedlam, suffered a concussion in the first quarter and did not return to the game.
He may miss the this week's game as well.
Posted on: November 29, 2010 12:05 pm
J. Darin Darst
We still have a few regular season games left in the season that mean something, including Pac-10 teams trying to make a bowl (Arizona State and Washington), here is the schedule for the conference title games:
MAC Championship: Northern Illinois (10-2) vs. Miami (Ohio) (8-4), 7 p.m. on ESPN2: Winner most likely goes to the Little Caesars Bowl, while the loser will be in either the GoDaddy.com or Humanitarian Bowl.
C-USA Championship: UCF (9-3) vs. SMU (6-2), Noon on ESPN: Winner goes to the Liberty Bowl to most likely play either Georgia or Tennessee. If SMU loses they are probably headed to the Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 30. The Armed Forces Bowl is being played in SMU's Ford Stadium this year. If UCF loses, look for the Knights to play Hawaii in the Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve.
SEC Championship: Auburn (12-0) vs. South Carolina (8-3), 4 p.m. on CBS: It's easy for Auburn. Win and it plays for the BCS National Championship, lose and it will be in the Orange Bowl. A South Carolina win puts the Gamecocks in the Sugar Bowl. A South Carolina loss will most likely send it to the Outback Bowl.
ACC Championship: Virginia Tech (10-2) vs. Florida State (9-3), 7:45 p.m. on ESPN: Winner goes to the Orange Bowl, while the loser probably ends up in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. If the Chick-fil-A Bowl chooses a different team, than the Champs Sports Bowl vs. Notre Dame would be the next spot.
Big 12 Championship: Nebraska (10-2) vs. Oklahoma (10-2), 8 p.m. on ABC: Winner goes to the Fiesta Bowl, while the loser looks headed to the Alamo Bowl. The Cotton Bowl has the next pick out of the Big 12, but appears to be taking Texas A&M, so the loser of this game falls to the Alamo Bowl.
* Big East -- Connecticut at South Florida, 8 p.m. on ESPN2: A Connecticut wins, the Huskies go to either the Orange or Fiesta Bowl for the first time in history. If South Florida wins, than West Virginia wins the Big East and most certainly will play in the Orange Bowl.
Posted on: November 28, 2010 12:46 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli
1. They call it Bedlam for a reason. Seriously, Saturday night's game between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State lived up to the hype, particularly in the fourth quarter and the closing minutes. Over the final 15 minutes the two teams combined for 40 points, 31 of which came in the final five minutes. When the dust cleared Oklahoma emerged victorious, and there was a three-way tie atop the Big 12 South. Though odds are that when the BCS rankings come out on Sunday, Oklahoma will be ranked the highest and therefore be on its way to Dallas for the Big 12 title game.
2. Which is where they'll find Nebraska. Nebraska took any possible drama out of the race for the Big 12 North and disposed of it on Friday afternoon, smacking Colorado around to the tune of a 45-17 victory. Of course, the Big 12 wasn't on hand to reward the Cornhuskers for their division championship because the conference was afraid. Seriously, I don't know if you heard, but Nebraska and the Big 12 aren't exactly BFF.
3. Missouri still has BCS hopes. It's a long shot, sure, but the Tigers still have a chance to sneak in to a BCS game now that Boise State has lost, and depending on what happens next week. It wouldn't be a bad consolation prize for Gary Pinkel's team. By the way, did you know that Missouri has four 10-win seasons in school history and three of them have come with Pinkel in charge? He's a keeper.
4. Somebody is getting fired in Texas. You know, something told me that if Texas could manage to get a win against Texas A&M on Thursday night and become bowl eligible, even though the season would be seen as a failure overall, the good will of beating the Aggies might save some jobs. I doubt that's going to be the case anymore. Sorry, Greg Davis. I'm not sure you deserve it, but somebody has to be the scapegoat, and I don't think Mack Brown is falling on his sword.
Posted on: November 26, 2010 6:51 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Nebraska didn't have Taylor Martinez or Niles Paul available on Friday, but it didn't much need them. The Cornhuskers put an end to Colorado's post-Dan Hawkins win streak and killed the Buffaloes chances at a bowl game with an easy 45-17 victory in Lincoln. More importantly than ending Colorado's season, Nebraska clinched the Big 12 North with the win and will now be on its way to Dallas for its second straight trip to the Big 12 Championship Game.
Which will also be the last time Nebraska plays for a Big 12 title, seeing as how the school is bound for the Big Ten next season.
The Cornhuskers will now turn their attention to Stillwater, Oklahoma on Saturday night. That's where they'll likely find out whom their opponent will be in Dallas. Should Oklahoma State beat Oklahoma, then it'll be the Cowboys heading to Dallas. If the Sooners win, then things get a lot more complicated as the Sooners, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M would all be tied for first in the Big 12 South.
Which would meant that whichever team is ranked higher in the BCS standings will get to go to Dallas, and that team would likely be Oklahoma.
Posted on: November 26, 2010 6:50 pm
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Posted on: November 24, 2010 12:43 pm
Edited on: November 24, 2010 1:31 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Hey look! It's Nebraska news that doesn't involve either Bo Pelini or Carl Pelini apologizing for their behavior. Though that doesn't mean it's good news. Bo Pelini made the announcement on Wednesday that Nebraska's leading receiver Niles Paul hurt his foot during practice on Tuesday, and he's not going to be available for Friday's game against Colorado.
"His status for the rest of the season will be evaluated," said Pelini in a statement.
This could have a huge impact on the Nebraska offense against Colorado. There's still no word on whether Taylor Martinez will be available to play in the game, and Nebraska's offense has already struggled mightily since he hurt his ankle. Plus, when Martinez is out of the game, the 'Huskers can't rely as heavily on the ground game, and need to throw more to move the ball consistently.
Something that isn't easy to do if Paul is out of the game. He not only leads the team with 39 receptions for 516 yards and a touchdown this season, he also serves as the team's top return man on special teams. Making matters worse? The three names behind Paul on the depth chart -- Curenski Gilleylen, Tim Marlowe and Khiry Cooper -- don't have a single reception to their name this season.
Posted on: November 23, 2010 6:21 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
During last Saturday's game against Texas A&M, Nebraska tight end Ben Cotton had one of the most eventful single plays from scrimmage a player could possibly have. In one play, Cotton recovered a fumble from teammate Cody Green, then was flagged for unnecessary roughness, then got another 15-yarder for unsportsmanlike conduct after he ripped his helmet off while leaving the field.
Oh, also, Cotton got one of the most uncomfortable "inner thigh massages" outside of an airport security gate in decades. Here's the video, which is not going to be comfortable to watch at all. Watch it anyway.
That's Texas A&M defensive tackle Tony Jerod-Eddie with the invasive procedure. Wonder what he was looking for.
Not surprisingly, Nebraska has decided to send film of the game to the conference for review. Bo Pelini declined to discuss any specifics of what plays the school may be protesting, but this play must be near the top of the list. Of course, if this lousy officiating was really some Big 12 conspiracy, it's not exactly going to matter if Nebraska complains to the conference or not, but Pelini and AD Tom Osborne ought to at least do their due diligence.
Also, Jerod-Eddie will not be suspended from this Friday's game, according to A&M coach Mike Sherman; Sherman said he had a "long" talk" with his player about respecting opponents, and that was that. Sherman's course of discipline stands in stark contrast to Man Law, which dictates that Jerod-Eddie must now be shot into space, never to be seen again. Butt stuff is no light matter.
Posted on: November 23, 2010 5:47 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini has already apologized for the way he acted during Saturday night's loss against Texas A&M, that behavior generally consisting of testing the boundaries of the human ear drum and vocal chords. Well, Bo wasn't the only member of the Pelini family who acted somewhat regrettably on Saturday night.
Carl Pelini got a bit handsy with a cameraman following the game, and when I say handsy, I mean he went after the cameraman and knocking the camera out of his hands. If you don't believe me, check out the video here.
Well, much like his brother did on Monday, Carl wanted to let everybody know he's sorry on Tuesday.
“I apologize for the events that occurred after Saturday night’s game at Texas A&M," Carl Pelini said in a statement. "It was a very emotional situation and the mob scene on the field after the game amplified that. Having been involved in a similar situation in 2003 at Missouri, and in witnessing the situation on the field, I made a poor decision in trying to prevent a reporter from recording the scene. I have acknowledged this from the very beginning. Unfortunately, in trying to prevent a scene, I created one. We have been in contact with Brandon Jones and I have apologized to him directly for putting my hands on his camera. I offered to pay for any damages to the camera, but Brandon indicated there were none."
While there may be no physical damage to the camera, there's no word on what kind of emotional distress the camera felt due to the incident.