Mad Chatter: Dougie vs. LeBron, Michigan A.D. out, and poll results on Jirschele's decision

It’s Friday! That means Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. We cover Alex Gordon and Oscar Taveras, Jameis Winston and Gary Patterson, Dave Brandon and Russell Westbrook. But first, Doug vs. LeBron.

So Doug McDermott begins his NBA career with 12 points in a blowout victory over Carmelo at Madison Square Garden. And tonight he opens at home against LeBron James. It’s nice to play with Derrick Rose, isn’t it. 

The TV-friendly Bulls are likely to be the East’s best team the first half of the season (if not longer), partly because of their excellent bench. McDermott, Taj Gibson,...

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Hockey: Mav players don't mind hitting the road

UNO faces another road trip this weekend when it heads to Ithaca, New York, to meet No. 18 Cornell in a weekend hockey series. It will be the second of three straight out-of-town series for the Mavs, who won’t play at the CenturyLink Center again until Nov. 21.

Generally speaking, road trips in college hockey are considered to be pretty rough. But a few UNO players seem to enjoy life on the road.

Sophomore forward Jake Guentzel said prior to heading to Western Michigan that he loves playing on another team’s ice.

“Going on the road is one of the better things to do when...

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Big Red Breakfast: Fisher praises receiving corps

Nebraska receivers coach Rich Fisher offered high praise Friday in Omaha for veteran receivers Kenny Bell and Jordan Westerkamp and for freshman De'Mornay Pierson-El.

He also had compliments for redshirt freshman Kevin Gladney, who has yet to record his first college catch.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder from Akron, Ohio, “is going to be a great player for us,” Fisher said at the Big Red Breakfast at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Convention Center. “He might be one of the most talented in terms of size and speed. Obviously he needs to continue to develop. He’s really had a nice coupl...

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Mad Chatter: Did Mike Jirschele make the right call by holding Alex Gordon?

Let’s consider the alternate ending.

Let’s say Mike Jirschele sends Alex Gordon home with two outs in Game 7. Let’s say Brandon Crawford executes a decent relay to Buster Posey and Gordon is out by 20 feet. 

Can you imagine the fury directed at Jirschele? Oh my gosh, he’d go down in history as the biggest goat in World Series history. That is no exaggeration. The blowback would be ruthless. 

I’m not saying Jirschele should act conservatively in that situation to make his life easier. I’m saying that amid all the chatter about sending Gordon, the other ending isn’t so gl...

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Video: NFL Film's Cosell talks Gregory's potential in the NFL

NFL Film's Greg Cosell discusses getting pressure on NFL quarterbacks and Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory's potential at the next level.

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Video: Nebraska coach Bo Pelini after practice Thursday

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini and his team are preparing to face Purdue. See what he had to say following the Huskers practice on Thursday.

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Practice Report Oct. 30: Purdue's kitchen sink

Be ready to adjust to plot twists in Purdue's gameplan. That's the message Nebraska coach Bo Pelini had for his team this week as it prepared for Saturday's game against 3-5 Purdue, which had a bye week to scout and prepare for the 2:30 p.m. ABC/ESPN2 kickoff.

Pelini liked the Huskers' week of practice, especially considering how much the players had to digest, given the Boilermakers' propensity to be multiple and unpredictable on both sides of the ball.

“We threw a lot at our guys, and our challenge is to make sure we understand, across the board, the gameplan and are ready ...

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Video: Jon Nyatawa talks Huskers on TBL (Oct. 30)

World-Herald staff writer Jon Nyatawa joined "The Bottom Line" host Mike'l Severe on Thursday to discuss Nebraska's upcoming matchup with Purdue.

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Husker women ranked 16th in AP poll

The Nebraska women's basketball team will open the season ranked No. 16 in the Associated Press poll, which was released Thursday.

The Huskers return four starters from last year's team that finished 26-7, with a 12-4 mark in the Big Ten. That team closed the season ranked 13th in the AP poll and 17th in the coaches Top 25.

Defending national champion UConn was the unanimous No. 1, while South Carolina is No. 2 ahead of No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 4 Tennessee. Texas A&M rounds out the top five.

NU is one of five Big Ten teams in the poll, joining No. 10 Maryland, No. 1...

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Mad Chatter: Scenes from Game 7 at Kauffman Stadium

Game 7 is Jarrod Dyson and Eric Hosmer, still in street clothes, riding into the ballpark on a golf cart five hours before first pitch. The gatekeeper greets them, “The confetti’s here, guys. You gotta use it.” 

Game 7 a burly man in a blue shirt nearly breaking his back to lug two large boxes of Champagne up to the stadium suites. 

Game 7 is the elevator attendant, Dora, saying “The building will be very lonely tomorrow.”

Game 7 is Jack Morris, hero of Game 7 in 1991, signing autographs outside. A man half Morris’ age looks for something to hand him. What are these, Mo...

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Video: The Big Ten Preview Show, Oct. 29

In this week's edition of "The Big Ten Preview Show," conference beat writer Lee Barfknecht joins Jon Nyatawa to discuss the impact of the College Football Playoff rankings, plus break down a slow week in Big Ten play.

Barfknecht also sat down with Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line" to talk about who's improving in the Big Ten and who is desperate for a win.

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Video: Purdue coach Darrell Hazell on 'The Bottom Line'

Purdue head football coach Darrell Hazell joined "The Bottom Line" host Mike'l Severe on Wednesday to discuss the Boilermakers' season so far, this weekend's matchup with Nebraska and more.

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From the Archives: 1994 Huskers pummel No. 2 Colorado en route to No. 1 ranking

It was a matchup of rivals. A game of undefeateds. A precursor to a Big Eight champion. The 200th straight sellout at Memorial Stadium. But most of all, it was a blowout.

The No. 3 Huskers hosted No. 2 Colorado on Oct. 29, 1994 — 20 years ago today. It was the fourth ranked team NU had faced that season, but the first in the top 10. Nebraska came out swinging, scoring on its first six possessions in a 24-7 beating of Kordell Stewart and the Buffaloes.

The victory propelled the Huskers to the No. 1 ranking and they carried that momentum to a national championship.

The Wo...

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Creighton players look to hit the couch after grueling practices

Creighton guard Ricky Kreklow is looking forward to some couch time on Wednesday.

“I’m not going to move,” Kreklow said.

His teammates probably will be looking for similar modes of relaxation after coming off a stretch of 16 practices in 12 days.

“It’s been a grind,” Bluejays guard Avery Dingman said. “Everyone’s legs are sore. We’ve been practicing hard, and I think we’ve gotten a lot better since we started two-a-days.”

Fall break allowed the Bluejays to get in the extra sessions last week. For Kreklow, who started his collegiate career at Missouri and then spen...

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Nebraska starts No. 15 in College Football Playoff poll

Nebraska starts at No. 15 in the first College Football Playoff committee poll released Tuesday night. The Huskers are the No. 2 Big Ten team in the poll — Michigan State, which beat Nebraska 27-22, is No. 8 — and one spot ahead of No. 16 Ohio State. Those are the only three Big Ten teams in the poll.

The top four in the poll is dominated by the SEC West. Mississippi State is No. 1, Florida State is No. 2, Auburn is No. 3 and Ole Miss is No. 4. No. 5 Oregon and No. 6 Alabama round out the top six. 

Setting aside the apoplexy that may hit fans about the SEC West having four of...

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Practice report Oct. 28: NU preparing for much-improved Purdue

The general sense from Nebraska players and coaches as they get ready to face Purdue: This isn't the same team that the Huskers handled 44-7.

Last season, the Boilermakers were still adjusting to a new staff, to new philosophies. But judging by their games in 2014 — hanging with Notre Dame for a half, threatening Michigan State late and almost upsetting Minnesota — NU sees a team that's getti...

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TBL: Sam McKewon breaks down the Purdue-Nebraska game

World-Herald staff writer Sam McKewon joined "The Bottom Line" with Mike'l Severe on Tuesday to discuss this weekend's Nebraska-Purdue game, the College Football Playoff vote and more.

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Husker star Terran Petteway named No. 3 off-guard in nation

Terran Petteway led the Big Ten in scoring last season as a sophomore, earning him an all-conference first-team selection. And now that a new season is approaching, the 6-foot-6 guard/forward is getting more national attention.

Petteway, who averaged 18.1 points per game last season, was named the No. 3 off-guard in the nation by NBC Sports blog College Basketball Talk. Michigan's Caris LeVert and Wichita State's Ron Baker topped the list.

The list described Petteway as a big-time scorer, though it questioned his shot selection:

Petteway is one of the nation’s most ent...

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Soccer: Creighton men drop to 10th in latest coaches poll

The Creighton men's soccer team dropped eight spots to No. 10 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll released Tuesday.

The Bluejays (11-2-2, 4-1-1 Big East) dropped a 1-0 match at home to then-No. 17 Georgetown on Saturday. The Hoyas moved up four spots to No. 13 in the poll.

Other Big East teams in the poll include Xavier (No. 9), Providence (No. 11) and Marquette (No. 24).

In other polls:

>> Creighton dropped one spot to No. 9 in the NCAA Ratings Percentage Index.

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Husker I-back Ameer Abdullah jumps to fourth in Heisman odds

Nebraska I-back Ameer Abdullah is running up the Heisman charts.

The betting site Bovada lists the Husker senior fourth on the list of Heisman candidates with 14/1 odds to win college football's top individual honor. 

Abdullah's odds rose from 20/1 last week and 25/1 two weeks ago. 

The better ranking comes off a record-setting week for Abdullah. He posted a school-record 341 all-p...

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Big Ten teleconference: Pelini not consumed at all with first Playoff rankings

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini won’t be sitting on the edge of his seat Tuesday night waiting for the release of the first College Football Playoff Selection Committee rankings.

“I’m sure I’ll hear about it, but I got other things on my mind than what that vote is today,” Pelini said on the Big Ten teleconference. “It’s not really something that affects me right now.”

The release of the Select...

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From the Archives: Husker football's blowout win over Creighton (and a rat-infested boat)

Nebraska football has scored more than 100 points just four times in school history, all from before the modern era of college football.

On Oct. 28, 1905, 109 years ago today, Nebraska traveled to Omaha and beat Creighton 102-0. The beginning of The World-Herald's story (which incorrectly lists the score as 103-0 — hey, it was 1905!) tells the tale of an uneven game under the creative headline "NEBRASKA DOES GREAT PLAYING."

A whirlwind wearing red striped stocking and tousled-hair tucked under leather caps appeared on the Vinton street lot Saturday afternoon and after it had...

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Mad Chatter: History says K.C. will wear the crown, the first playoff poll, Tim Beck reaction

Dust off those crowns. Get the parade route ready. History says the Royals are going to win the World Series. Seriously.

Since 1985, when Kansas City came home from St. Louis facing the same three-to-two deficit, eight teams have needed to win Games 6 and 7 at home to win the World Series. 

Seven have pulled it off:

In the 2011 World Series, the St. Louis Cardinals had home-field advantage. The Texas Rangers split the first two. Then St. Louis won Game 3. Texas took Games 4 and 5. The Cards won Game 6 in miraculous fashion, then rolled in Game 7. 

In 2002, the Ana...

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Video: Husker volleyball coach John Cook at weekly press conference

NU volleyball coach John Cook addressed the media Monday.

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TBL: Nebraska football recap with former Huskers Carriker, Kellogg

Former Huskers Adam Carriker and Ron Kellogg joined "The Bottom Line" Monday to break down Nebraska's win over Rutgers on Saturday.

"The Bottom Line" host Mike'l Severe talked with former Nebraska defensive lineman and NFL player Carriker about Nebraska's effort on defense in the 42-14 win.

Then Severe talked with former Nebraska quarterback Ron Kellogg about the offensive effort against Big Ten newcomer Rutgers.

Also on Monday's show, Severe broke down the Big Ten football weekend with ESPN's Adam Rittenberg. And make sure to check out Monday's Nebraska press conferenc...

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They said it: Nebraska coach Bo Pelini talks Purdue

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini and his players addressed the media on Monday to talk about preparing for Purdue. You can watch the videos here and read a transcript of Pelini's comments below.

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Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini

Opening statement: “Well we got back to work yesterday. Went through the film, gave them a workout and then got a little jump on Purdue. Obviously today is the players’ day off and we’ll get back to work tomorrow.”

On if the team is fresher at this time of year: “Well yeah, I think we are. I think if you ask the players, they would tell you yes. I th...

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USA Today ranks NU's Tunnel Walk in top 10

Nebraska's Tunnel Walk was recognized as one of the best entrances in college football by USA Today.

The Husker tradition comes in 9th in the top 10 and is the only Big Ten school to be recognized. 

The Tunnel Walk began with the 1994 championship season. Earlier this season against Miami, Nebraska honored the 1994 team with a tunnel walk. You can even watch what it is like to make the Tunnel Walk.

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