Mad Chatter: The night the Huskers hunted Wildcats, Riley and split-second decisions, Cubs-Pirates

MANHATTAN, Kan. — The Nebraska football team gathered Wednesday night at its hotel to hear Bo Pelini speak.

It’s typical pre-game routine. Teams all over America do it the night before games.

Bo Pelini is anything but typical in the pre-game pep talk category. He could fire up a church choir.

On the eve of Nebraska’s first conference game in its last season in the Big 12, Pelini found a YouTube video.

Hunters chasing a lion. The lion escapes, hides in the brush. And then — at the snap of a finger — attacks.

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Video: The Big Red Today Show, Oct. 7

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.

Sam and Jon preview the Nebraska-Wisconsin game, the pressure on the Husker players and coaching staff, the implications for both teams and their Big Ten West aspirations and more.

Who will win? The two differ on which team walks away with a victory, but you'll have to watch the show to get their full predictions.

Check out the full video below, and don't forget to follow Jon and Sam on Twitter or leave us a comment on the Big Red Today F...

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Practice report, Oct. 6: Huskers settling into a three-back rotation

Fullback Andy Janovich bringing the power and physicality. Junior Terrell Newby showcasing the agility and speed. Freshman Devine Ozigbo doing a little bit of both.

It appears Nebraska has closed in on a rotation in the backfield.

Offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf indicated after practice Tuesday that he plans to split reps between Janovich and Ozigbo going forward, while still working Newby into the plan each week. "We're not de-shelving him," Langsdorf said of Newby.

Newby had five carries against Illinois. Janovich led the group with 11. Ozigbo had seven.


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TBL: Sam McKewon talks Husker injuries, position battles, Wisconsin

There was lots for World-Herald staff writer Sam McKewon to talk about during his appearance on "The Bottom Line" on Tuesday.

He covered Nebraska's loss to Illinois, defensive line play, injuries, play-calling issues and previewed the Wisconsin game. Plus, he talked position battles and the Huskers' most likely wins left on their schedule.

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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Practice report, Oct. 5: Banker says Valentine return would be 'great gain' for defense

Nebraska will be hopeful for a Vincent Valentine return this week, but also ready to improvise if the defensive tackle isn’t able to practice or prepare for Wisconsin.

Valentine is recovering from a high ankle sprain that has kept him out of the Huskers’ last three games. NU also is now down Kevin Williams and Kevin Maurice at defensive tackle due to injury, after those two had replaced Valentine.

“I’m not going to worry, because worrying won’t do me any good, or our team,” NU defensive coordinator Mark Banker said Monday.

Valentine was suited up for Monday’s practice t...

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They said it: Nebraska coach Mike Riley, QB Tommy Armstrong and Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst

On Monday, Nebraska coach Mike Riley and Husker players, including QB Tommy Armstrong, addressed the media on Monday.

Additionally, Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst also addressed the media on Monday.

See the transcripts below.

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Nebraska coach Mike Riley

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TBL: Husker recruiting report with Nate Clouse

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

Topics discussed the impact of Nebraska's loss to Illinois in recruiting, the future of the I-back depth chart, recruiting visits for the Wisconsin game, his visit to watch Nebraska QB commit Patrick O'Brien 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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