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Mad Chatter: Husker season predictions, who makes the CFB playoff, the future of Goodell

It’s Friday! That means Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. We’ll cover Tommy Armstrong and Jim Harbaugh, Roger Goodell and Kyle Flood, the Bolles brothers and baby Peytons. But first, it’s college football prediction time.

Your Power-5 conference champions: 

ACC: Georgia Tech (upsetting Clemson in the title game)

Big Ten: Ohio State (edging Wisconsin 35-17)

Big 12: Baylor (the Bears will lose one, but not to TCU)

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Oregon State a common tie of Mike Riley, Bronco Mendenhall

When the Huskers and Cougars kick off Saturday afternoon, it will be the first time the schools have faced each other. But that doesn't mean the coaching staffs don't know what to expect.

Sure, Nebraska coach Mike Riley has faced BYU three times during his time at Oregon State. Riley's Beavers were 1-2 against the Cougars, with a 44-20 loss in the Las Vegas Bowl in 2009, a 38-28 loss in 2011 and a 42-24 victory in 2012. But the ties between Riley and BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall go much deeper than that.

In 20 of the last 29 years at Oregon State, either Riley or Mendenhall ha...

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TBL: Who has the advantage? Mike'l and Joe compare NU and BYU

Just like our fan vote in the 2-minute drill, Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz took some time to see who has the advantage in the Nebraska-BYU game Saturday. Run defense vs. rush offense? Special team? Passing game? 

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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Cup of Joe: Ganz's five keys to the Huskers' matchup with BYU

"The Bottom Line" co-host Joe Ganz presented his first "Cup of Joe" segment on Friday, where he gives his five keys to the upcoming Husker game.

This week, it's Nebraska vs. BYU at Memorial Stadium. Check out Joe's takes 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: Rich Kaipust talks suspensions, previews BYU-Nebraska game

World-Herald staff writer Rich Kaipust joined "The Bottom Line" on Friday to talk about the five suspensions at Nebraska and how it will effect the team on Saturday, plus he previews the BYU matchup 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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How the national media is predicting the Nebraska-BYU game

Earlier this week, the Associated Press' Ralph D. Russo picked BYU over Nebraska in his "upset special." But what about the other national media members? 

Here's a look at how the national media are predicting the Huskers will fare on Saturday against the Cougars. Some just chose the winner, while others are picking against the spread, which has Nebraska favored by seven.

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National Media

Andy Staples, Sports Illustrated: BYU victory

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NU's Friday practice for fine-tuning

The Huskers have one more on-field opportunity to fine-tune their game plan for BYU. That helmets-only practice is set for Friday.

The offense will run its plays without a scout team. Riley said on his weekly radio show on the Husker Sports Network that the unit would call 18 full-speed pass patterns — “for timing.” Then they’ll simulate a 24-play drive.

The defenders will take snaps against a scout team “so they can react to formations and plays,” Riley said.

That’ll last 25 minutes. Then they’ll spend 15 minutes on special teams.

After practice, the team will ea...

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Sweep write: Lesson to learn from Schuetz situation? Think before you hit send on the social media post

I look at the Jon Schuetz/PA story from a little bit different angle. But first, a disclaimer and a story.

My wife Jennifer and I are both friends with Schuetz. He’s a prince of a fellow, nicest guy you’ll ever meet, side by side with Mike Riley. Jen worked with Schuetz for years when she was an executive producer at KETV in Omaha. He’s been to our house, etc.

Now for the story: this was at the 2000 Fiesta Bowl. Back then, before kids, Jen often traveled to Husker road games with me and helped the Channel 7 crew in the truck after the games while I was pounding a keyboard up ...

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Sam McKewon's five quick takes on the NU suspensions

After Mike Riley announced the news of suspending Michael Rose-Ivey, Jonathan Rose, Cethan Carter, Robby Painter and Joe Keels, here are five immediate thoughts about the impact:

Rose-Ivey's absence will hurt a defense in need of strong, instinctive players: BYU quarterback Taysom Hill is a handful, and Rose-Ivey is one of those guys who can body up the Cougar. Now, he'll have to watch. It'll be tough for a guy who missed all of last season. 

Dedrick Young is an elite athlete who played big in big high school games and that's a good thing: Don't let the quiet demeanor throw y...

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Practice report Sept. 3: Riley likes NU's preparation for BYU

Nebraska's basically had two full weeks to prepare for its season opener against BYU since the end of preseason camp.

And now that Thursday's walk-through has ended, the Huskers are down to one final practice before their debut under first-year coach Mike Riley.

So how's he feel?

"I've really appreciated this team's work," Riley said after Thursday's practice. "They're conscientious. The intentions have been great. They work hard. It's been fun getting to this point."

But the game is what matters most. He knows BYU will provide a good test.

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TBL: Jon Nyatawa previews NU-BYU, talks Husker baseball and more

World-Herald staff writer Jon Nyatawa joined "The Bottom Line" on Thursday to discuss Nebraska's matchup with BYU this weekend, the Husker baseball team's fall practices 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: Nebraska volleyball talk with Jeff Sheldon

World-Herald correspondent Jeff Sheldon joined "The Bottom Line" on Thursday to discuss the latest Nebraska volleyball news, including the perfect start, the tough weekend matchups 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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BYU preview: Cougars are no cupcake

BYU

Overall record: 0-0

Offensive yards per play (58th nationally in 2014): 5.70

Defensive yards per play (T-22nd): 4.93

Turnover margin (T-66th): -1

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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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Video: The Big Ten Preview Show, Sept. 2

World-Herald staff writers Lee Barfknecht and Jon Nyatawa go game-by-game in the Big Ten, touching on the top storylines headed into the season during the season's first episode of the “The Big Ten Preview Show.”

Also, check out our Big Ten page for the latest conference headlines, and follow Lee on Twitter for instant updates and analysis whenever news breaks.

Also on Wednesday, Lee sat down wi...

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TBL: Dirk Chatelain discusses his recent Bo Pelini story, Youngstown State and more

World-Herald staff writer Dirk Chatelain talked about his recent Bo Pelini column, the Huskers’ matchup with BYU and more during his Wednesday appearance on “The Bottom Line.”

He wrote about the Pelini story in his Mad Chatter blog today, too, and other topics of discussion included Husker traditions, the Big Ten conference and more.

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TBL: BYU preview with Provo Daily Herald's Jared Lloyd

The Provo Daily Herald's Jared Lloyd, a beat writer covering BYU, joined "The Bottom Line" on Wednesday to break down the Cougars' matchup with Nebraska this weekend. 

Lloyd talks about BYU's suspensions, injury news, quarterback Taysom Hill and more.

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Upset special? AP writer picks BYU over Huskers

The picks are in from Ralph D. Russo, the Associated Press' national college football writer, and they don't reflect well on the Huskers. 

Russo, who picks the Top 25 games and a few others every week, had his first round of selections released today. His pick for Nebraska's home game against BYU on Saturday: 31-24 Cougars.

"We’ll see how much Huskers fans love new coach Mike Riley after Taysom Hill and the Cougars come to town," says Russo, who added that seven-point underdog BYU is his "upset special."

Here are the other Big Ten matchups he picked:

TCU 34, Minne...

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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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