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Mad Chatter: The Big Ten's big two need to wave the flag, Pelini blowback, Schuetz's exit

Before we get to the Huskers, a leadoff question: Do you judge a college football conference by its best teams? Or by its depth?

The answer to that question might dictate how you judge the Big Ten in week one.

Ohio State will be working hard Labor Day in Blacksburg. The Buckeyes, 12-point favorites, should be fine as long as three quarterbacks don’t get hurt. Michigan State is too good to slip up at Western Michigan Friday night.

After that? Well, nothing is certain.

Wisconsin is a 10-point underdog against Alabama. (Feels like it should be more).

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Lawrence Phillips charged with murder in cellmate's death

Former Nebraska running back Lawrence Phillips has been charged with first-degree murder for the April death of his cellmate at Kern Valley (California) State Prison, according to a report from USA Today. 

Phillips' cellmate, convicted gang hit man Damion Soward, was found strangled in Phillips and Soward's cell in mid-April. Phillips was moved to a segregation unit after the death. The Kern Valley District Attorney's office has been investigating the charges since then. 

According to the USA Today report, Phillips arraignment is set for Sept. 15. He will not face the death p...

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Video: Big Red Today Show, Sept. 1

Watch the latest episode of "The Big Red Today Show" to get Sam McKewon and Jon Nyatawa's take on the latest Husker sports headlines. Jon and Sam also take a look at Nebraska's upcoming game with BYU.

Watch the full video below:

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BYU starting cornerback faces assault, rioting charges

Michael Davis, a junior and starting cornerback for BYU, faces assault and rioting charges days before the Cougars open the season at Nebraska, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

The incident occurred July 29, according to court documents. Davis pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 1. He has requested a jury trial.

"We are aware of the citation and it has been addressed by the university," BYU football spokesperson Brett Pyne said to the Tribune.

BYU is already facing several suspensions related to a brawl at the end of last season's Miami Beach ...

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Practice report, Sept. 1: Husker line to be tested by BYU fronts, stunts

BYU will be a good test Saturday for a Nebraska offensive line with only one returning full-time starter.

NU offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf said the Cougars will shift between three- and four-man fronts, run a variety of line stunts and bring other sorts of pressure.

Other than Alex Lewis as a returning starter at left tackle, Nebraska is expected to be working with Dylan Utter at left guard, Ryne Reeves at center, Chongo Kondolo at right guard and redshirt freshman Nick Gates at right tackle.

Those last four have a total of two career starts between them.

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TBL: Jeff Kinney discusses his Husker memories, Game of the Century and more

Husker legend Jeff Kinney — No. 100 in the Nebraska 100 —  joined "The Bottom Line" on Tuesday, talking about his Husker football memories, playing under Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne, his recruitment process, the Game of the Century and more.

You can replay the interview below, plus listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, like the show on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

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The Pick Six Podcast with Jon Nyatawa and Sam McKewon, Sept. 1

World-Herald staff writers Jon Nyatawa and Sam McKewon tackle the hottest topics in sports, offering their in-depth analysis of the headlines and upcoming events.

In the Sept. 1 episode of "The Pick Six Podcast," the guys discuss Nebraska's Blackshirt tradition and the newest honorees, how Nebraska and BYU match up on both sides of the ball, a Big Ten football preview, Husker recruiting and the MLB playoff race.

Check out the video podcast below, and scroll down for the audio-only version.

Don't want to miss an episode? Get the podcast on iTunes or grab this link for yo...

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TBL: Sam McKewon breaks down BYU matchup, talks Blackshirts and more

World-Herald staff writer Sam McKewon joined "The Bottom Line" on Tuesday to talk about Nebraska's season-opening matchup with BYU, the Blackshirts being handed out and more. 

You can replay the interview below, plus listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, like the show on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

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TBL: Tom Shatel talks Blackshirts, Creighton soccer and more

World-Herald sports columnist Tom Shatel joined hosts Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz on "The Bottom Line" Monday.

Topics discussed include the Blackshirts, Husker coach Mike Riley's press conference, playing positive football, Creighton soccer, Terry Wilson and more.

Listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus like the show on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

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Press conference transcripts: Nebraska coach Mike Riley, BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall

Read everything Nebraska coach Mike Riley said at Monday's press conference ahead of Saturday's BYU game. BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall spoke plenty about Nebraska at his press conference as well, and that is also included below.

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Nebraska press conference with coach Mike Riley

Opening statement

“We’ve had some exciting moments in this room and this is kind of a topper for right now, getting ready now for our first game, our opener for the 2015 Husker team. We have, I think, had a good fall camp. It’s been fun working with the players and that whole process of ...

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TBL: Husker recruiting report with Nate Clouse

Husker Online's Nate Clouse joined hosts Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz on "The Bottom Line" Monday.

Topics discussed include Noah Fant's decision, recruits making visits for the BYU game and more.

Listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus like the show on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

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11 Husker defenders receive Blackshirts

We knew the Blackshirts were coming. Now they're here.

11 Huskers received their Blackshirts — the iconic black practice jerseys awarded to NU's standout defensive players — on Monday. The news was first spotted in various social media posts by players prior to the Huskers' afternoon practice.

The move came just hours after Nebraska released its official depth chart for the season opener.

The posts revealed the following players as recipients: Josh Banderas, Byerson Cockrell, Maliek Collins, Daniel Davie, Jack Gangwish, Nate Gerry, Josh Kalu, Greg McMullen, Vincent Vale...

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Video: Husker volleyball coach John Cook's weekly press conference

Nebraska volleyball coach John Cook discussed opening weekend success for the Huskers, fan support, upcoming matches and more.

Check out the video below:

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Video: Jon Schuetz named announcer for Husker football games

Former Omaha sportscaster Jon Schuetz is the new public address announcer for Nebraska football games at Memorial Stadium.

The university athletic department announced Schuetz’s hiring Monday. He replaces Patrick Combs, who had been the announcer since 2002.

NU cut ties with Combs after he was arrested on suspicion of bilking hundreds of thousands of dollars from two elderly women.

Schuetz joined hosts Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz on "The Bottom Line" Monday.

Topics discussed include his new role as the PA voice at Husker football games, how he got the job and more....

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Injury/roster updates: Suspensions announced later this week; Adrienne Talan not practicing

We'll have a more complete press conference report within the hour, but, for now, here's a few quick updates on the roster: 

>> A Nebraska spokesman confirmed that linebacker Adrienne Talan is still on the team and still on scholarship, but not currently participating in football activities. Talan is a true freshman. 

>> Coach Mike Riley told reporters he would announce the five players suspended for the season opener later this week. He didn't want those players to be inundated with interviews prior to the suspensions being announced. Riley said he and his coache...

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Nebraska releases depth chart

Nebraska released its depth chart before the season-opener against BYU. Click the image to see the full chart.

Some quick notes: 

>> At quarterback, Tommy Armstrong is the starter while Ryker Fyfe has won the backup job for now. A.J. Bush is the No. 3 quarterback.

>> At running back, Terrell Newby is the starter, followed by four No. 2 backups — Imani Cross, Adam Taylor, Mikale Wilbon and Devine Ozigbo. 

>> The starting offensive line is Alex Lewis, Dylan Utter, Ryne Reeves, Chongo Kondolo and Nick Gates.

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It's Game Week! Three things to watch

>> Injuries and Suspensions: Nebraska and BYU both have some roster issues heading into the first game. Which team is hit hardest, and will either team divulge to the other who's suspended before kickoff? A little gamesmanship is in play here. On the injury front, Nebraska needs the bulk of his wide receivers ready to go this week for game prep. 

>> Big Week for B1G: In this roundtable of some college football's top TV analysts, the Big Ten does not make an appearance for toughest conference. The conversation belongs, for now, to the SEC and Pac-12. While I suspect it'l...

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Photos: Huskers in the NFL, Aug. 30

Curious to see your favorite former Huskers in action in the NFL? We've got you covered.

Check out our updated Huskers in the NFL photo showcase for a complete roundup of training camp and preseason shots.

Updates this week include Rex Burkhead, Sam Koch and more.

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All the recruits: How the Huskers' 2016 commits fared in high school games this week

A player-by-player look at how Nebraska's recruits performed this week, with team results, player stats and more.

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DiCaprio Bootle: The defensive back helped the Spartans’ defense hold the Edison Red Raiders to 139 total yards in Billy Rolle’s coaching debut, a 19-0 victory for Miami Southridge.

Bryan Brokop: The offensive lineman's Lincoln-Way West squad scored on a 33-yard pass from Connor Lowman to Jake Mauney with 1:33 left to pick up a 35-31 victory over Sycamore.

Marquel Dismuke: The wide receiver, who's committed to NU as a defensive back, finished wit...

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