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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: 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.

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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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Recruiting roundup: Huskers vary among Big Ten, national rankings

The Huskers have 12 known football commits for the 2015 class, but NU's overall and Big Ten recruiting rankings vary. In the ever-changing recruiting world, here's a look at where Nebraska ranks from the four major recruiting websites. To see more recruiting news, check out Omaha.com/recruiting, where you'll find player cards for each commit as well as the latest NU recruiting headlines.

247SPORTS

247 lists the Huskers with two four-star commits and 10 three-stars, which gives NU the lowest average-star rating of the four major recruiting websites. Cornerback Eric Lee and off...

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Video: Dirk Chatelain talks NBA, World Series, college playoffs and more

World-Herald staff writer Dirk Chatelain joined "The Bottom Line" on Wednesday to discuss the NBA, Game 7 of the World Series, the first College Football Playoff rankings and more.

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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.

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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

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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 getting better.

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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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Video: The Big Red Today Show, Oct. 28

In this week's episode of "The Big Red Today Show," staff writers Sam McKewon and Jon Nyatawa break down the latest Husker football headlines, including the Big Ten standings, Nebraska I-back Ameer Abdullah's Heisman odds, the upcoming Purdue game 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

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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-purpose yards in...

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

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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 Selection Committee r...

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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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Video: Husker Monday Minute with Sam McKewon, Oct. 27

The World-Herald's Sam McKewon talks about a range of topics, including NU's game with Purdue and the Huskers feeling fresher as this season goes on.

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Press Conference Oct. 27: Nebraska's fresher – will it be more focused?

In previous years, defensive tackle Kevin Williams said Monday, Nebraska's football team would have been "pretty beat up" by now from the grind of a Big Ten season. 

Not the 2014 campaign. To a man during the weekly press conference, the Huskers said they're much fresher than they've been in the past because of significant changes made by coach Bo Pelini and the staff before the season. Shorter practices that aren't less physical but don't put much wear and tear on Nebraska's legs. A full day off on Monday. A yoga session that works out the kinks on Sunday. It's all working. Quarte...

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Photos: Huskers in the NFL, Oct. 26

Curious to see your favorite former Huskers in action in the NFL? Check out our updated Huskers in the NFL photo showcase for a complete roundup of NFL action shots.

The Week 8 update includes Dominic Raiola playing in London and more.

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TBL celebrity pickers on target for NU's win over Rutgers

Nebraska defeated Rutgers 42-24 on Saturday, thanks to a record-setting performance by star I-back Ameer Abdullah.

It was a record-setting game for our TBL celebrity pickers as well. Former Husker and NFL defensive lineman Adam Carriker picked the score right on the nose. But Carriker wasn't the only close prediction as all five prognosticators came within 11 points of the final score. 

The World-Herald staff prediction was off by only five points, good for second place. Hail Varsity's Erin Sorensen, who missed by only 1 point for Nebraska's win over Illinois, missed by eight...

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Nebraska ties, Oct. 25

COACHES

Craig Bohl, Wyoming: The Cowboys (3-5, 1-3) got beat by Colorado State 45-31, their fourth straight loss.

Frank Solich, Ohio: The Bobcats (5-4) gave up 28 straight points in the first half after going ahead 7-0, eventually falling 42-21 to Western Michigan.

Turner Gill, Liberty: D.J. Abnar rushed 27 times for 137 yards and two touchdowns to lead Liberty to a 34-0 win over Gardner-Webb. The Flames (5-3) outgained Gardner-Webb 292 to minus-17 on the ground.

Joe Moglia, Coastal Carolina: John Israel caught three passes for 174 yards and two scores as the No. ...

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Nebraska-Purdue set for 2:30 p.m. kickoff

Nebraska’s home game next Saturday against Purdue will be televised by ABC and will kick off at 2:30 p.m. CDT.

In areas where the game is not televised by ABC, the game can be seen on ESPN2.

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Postgame: Pelini says Huskers 'didn't play at standard we needed to'

Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini said he was happy to win Saturday as the Huskers clipped Rutgers 42-24 to reach 7-1 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten.

But …

“That’s about all I’m happy with,” he said.

The common theme from NU staff and players afterwards was that the Huskers were a little too sloppy and inconsistent. On both sides of the football.

“We didn’t play at the standard we needed to,” Pelini said.

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Game Replay: Nebraska 42, Rutgers 24

World-Herald correspondent Steve Beideck takes a look at some of the key moments that helped shape NU’s 42-24 win over Rutgers.

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PECULIAR PLAY

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood will spend a lot of time in the collective doghouse of Scarlet Knights fans for decisions made at the end of the first half that knocked quarterback Gary Nova from the game. With the ball on the Rutgers 2-yard line and exactly one minute to play, Flood had Nova throw four passes. On the last of those, Nova was knocked down by NU’s Maliek Collins on a play that injured Nova’s right knee.

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Video: Sam McKewon's postgame analysis of Nebraska-Rutgers

World-Herald staff writer Sam McKewon breaks down Nebraska's 42-24 win over Rutgers. 

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