Mad Chatter: Time to expand the college football playoff; Larry Station talks Huskers-Hawks; Petito the fighter

It’s Friday (sort of). That means Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. We have more than 3,000 words covering Jim Harbaugh and Urban Meyer, Aaron Green and Larry Station, Steph Curry and Fred Petito. 

But first, the maddening college football playoff rankings. I know, I know, I shouldn’t get upset. I shouldn’t care. If 2014 taught us anything, it’s that rankings don’t matter until the final week. 

But I watch anyway. I find myself disagreeing with the committee on one or two teams every week. Last night, I wondered how and why Oklahoma is No. 3 despite an ugly loss to Texas. A...

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Iowa preview: Triple the run

Overall record (7-0 Big Ten): 11-0

Offensive yards per play (43rd): 5.97

Defensive yards per play (15th): 4.76

Turnover margin (T-5th): plus-11

Penalty yards per game (44th): 48.5

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Practice Report Nov. 25: Riley talks Patrick O'Brien, Iowa and running the dang ball

Nebraska coach Mike Riley had a brief statement Wednesday night for reporters after practice: "Happy Thanksgiving." The Husker team was eating its holiday meal as Riley spoke.

Some quick hits at NU winds down its prep for No. 3 Iowa.

>> Riley liked Nebraska's preparation this week. It's not exactly done — the Huskers will have a higher-tempo workout on Thursday — but NU is as healthy as it's been since the beginning of the season. Michael Rose-Ivey (groin), Brandon Reilly (ankle), Terrell Newby (ankle) and Kevin Williams (groin) will all play after a bye week of rest. R...

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TBL: Lee Barfknecht breaks down the Nebraska-Iowa game and more

World-Herald staff writer Lee Barfknecht joined hosts Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz on "The Bottom Line" on Wednesday.

Topics discussed include a win over Iowa flipping the script on the season for the Huskers, more games in the Big Ten, Husker hoops 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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Riley: Players under investigation in alleged rape case ran 'gamut' of emotions

Nebraska coach Mike Riley on Wednesday had little to add to a university statement released after the Lincoln Police Department announced no charges would be filed in an alleged rape case concerning a house where three Husker players — quarterback Tommy Armstrong, wideout Jordan Westerkamp and tight end Trey Foster — lived. 

"You guys read the statement as I did," Riley said after practice as NU continued to prepare for unbeaten Iowa. "From there, all we're doing is taking this team and the guys who have been getting ready to play the game."

When asked how Armstrong, Westerka...

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TBL: Former Husker linebacker Sean Fisher

Former Nebraska linebacker Sean Fisher joined hosts Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz on "The Bottom Line" Wednesday.

Topics discussed include his time playing for Nebraska, his brother's success at Iowa 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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TBL: Dirk Chatelain discusses Friday's Nebraska-Iowa game

World-Herald staff writer Dirk Chatelain joined hosts Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz on "The Bottom Line" on Wednesday.

Topics discussed include the CFB playoff rankings and Iowa, Mike Riley's record as a head coach 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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Video: Husker Play Breakdown with Joe Ganz and Mike'l Severe

"The Bottom Line" hosts Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz take to the studio each week to offer an in-depth look at some of the key formations, routes, play calls and more that impacted the outcome of the Nebraska football team's previous matchup.

In this week's breakdown, they look at stopping Iowa's boot game.

In addition, Severe and Ganz preview the matchup with Iowa. 

Check out the complete breakdown below, and for more analysis, follow TBL on Twitter and Facebook.

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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 include the latest Husker football recruiting news 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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Hockey: Mavericks stay sixth in major polls

After posting a win and tie at Miami this weekend, UNO held steady at No. 6 in both polls.

In fact, there was very little movement among the top teams in the USCHO rankings and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine ratings released Monday. UMass Lowell is now fourth in both polls after its win and tie against Notre Dame while North Dakota is fifth after splitting with No. 7 St. Cloud State.

The National Collegiate Hockey Conference still has four teams ranked among the top 10, with St. Cloud and Denver joining the Mavericks and newly-named Fighting Hawks of UND among the nation's...

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Press conference, Nov. 23: Riley talks investigation, Husker health and Iowa

Nebraska coach Mike Riley had no new information Monday on the status of any players involved in an ongoing sexual assault investigation, and said there was no need for him to speculate on any part of it and no need to deal in hypothetical questions.

It was the first time Riley had met with reporters since last Tuesday.

Asked if any players — and specifically Tommy Armstrong, Jordan Westerkamp or Trey Foster — would be considered questionable for Friday’s game with Iowa, Riley said only: “Right now we are business as usual.”

Asked if he had been assured there would be n...

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Women's basketball: Southern at Nebraska

When: 7 p.m. Monday

Where: Pinnacle Bank Arena

Radio: 105.9 FM Omaha, 107.3 FM Lincoln


F Briana Green, 5-11, So., 6.7

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Player Points: Adam Carriker's key takeaways from the first year of the Mike Riley era

A two-time defensive MVP for the Huskers and the 13th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, former Husker Adam Carriker takes to Facebook the day after each Husker game to offer his takeaways from the matchup. 

This week, the defensive end and Hastings, Nebraska, native takes advantage of Nebraska's bye week to discuss the start of the Mike Riley era.

Tune in to "The Bottom Line" Monday to listen as Carriker joins the show. Also, follow the NFL veteran on Facebook and Twitter.

Here's some excerpts from Carriker's post:

>> "What we haven't learned yet, is wheth...

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Photos: Huskers in the NFL, Nov. 22

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 shots from this season.

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Video: Former Husker Lavonte David returns an interception for a TD

Former Nebraska star Lavonte David had two interceptions for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Sunday's win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

First, David picked off quarterback Mark Sanchez with 23 seconds left in the second quarter.

In the fourth quarter, David picked off a Sanchez throw again. This time he dashed 20 yards for the touchdown. 

Watch both interceptions below and see photos of David and more in the Huskers in the NFL photo showcase:

INT @lavontedavid54. Leaped in front of Brent Celek on third-and-10. His first INT of the year. #Bucs— ...

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Recruiting: Husker commit Spielman earns Minnesota's Mr. Football award

Nebraska wide receiver commit JD Spielman won the Mr. Football award on Sunday.

The 5-foot-9, 175-pounder out of Eden Prairie, Minnesota received the award Sunday at a banquet.

Spielman, the son of Minnesota Vikings GM Rick Spielman, is one of 14 known members of Nebraska's 2016 class. The other wide receiver in the class, Derrion Grim, officially signed with NU on Friday.

Spielman committed to Nebraska in August. He said his finalists were the Golden Gophers and the Huskers, though Spielman was originally committed to Ohio State in 2013 — as a lacrosse star.

The ...

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Nebraska vs. Iowa: Things to watch

The Nebraska-Iowa game doesn’t come until after Thanksgiving, but here’s an appetizer of storylines that await the Huskers-Hawkeyes tilt:

Pressure and history

Now that Iowa has won the Big Ten West outright, it plays two of the biggest games in program history in successive weeks — at Nebraska and the Big Ten championship. The Hawkeyes haven’t been “here” since that magical 1985 season. So 30 years. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz, notably, was on that Iowa staff working for Hayden Fry. Can Ferentz balance the right mixture of consistency with derring-do? Will his team, in relatively...

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