All year round, former Husker and NFL veteran Adam Carriker is taking the pulse of Husker Nation. In the "Carriker Chronicles" video series, he breaks down the latest NU news, upcoming opponents, player updates and recruiting information, and he offers his insight into the X's and O's and more.
On Thursday's episode, Adam Carriker breaks down Nebraska's matchup with Colorado and makes his prediction for the game.
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Here's a transcript from today's show:
Welcome to the Carriker Chronicles the People’s Show where we check the pulse of Husker Nation brought to you by Nebraska Spine Hospital and prediction Thursday is back! My 7-year-old daughter Addison is back on the show, she’s a seasoned veteran at this point. In the past week and a half all I’ve heard every day is her asking to come on the show. So Addison, are you excited to be on the show today?
Addison: Oh yeah!
Adam: Can you say hi to the fine folks at home?
Adam: And do you have a message for Husker Nation?
Addison: Go Big Red!
Adam: I like it! I didn’t even have to brainwash her to get her to do this. You ready to do this? Should we start the show?
Adam: All right, let’s light this candle.
So, Colorado. Nebraska. Now you look at this Colorado team. They beat Colorado State 45 to 13. Colorado is seeking their third straight 2-0 start. Now, you look at Colorado State. In their first game, they lost to Hawaii at home by near double digits, and CSU was a 17-point favorite! I don’t know how good Colorado State is or how bad they are. I don’t know how much we learned about Colorado in that game. Now, Colorado has lost 4 of their last 5 road games.
CU is a wild card to me. They’ve been a wildcard all offseason simply because two years ago they were in the Pac-12 championship game and they were a top-10 team going into the bowl game. A year ago, they don’t even make a bowl game! I don’t know if we learned much from their first game, they looked really good but I don’t know how bad or good Colorado State is.
You look at their quarterback, Steven Montez. He’s completing 88.8 percent of his passes. Not too shabby. Four touchdowns and 1 interception in their first game and he has two or more touchdown passes in 5 of his last 7 games. That’s a little bit about their quarterback, the guy who’s been running their offense. He’s been starting for almost three years.
Now what I said last week is going to be similar to this week. We didn’t learn anything from the first game because there wasn't a first game for the Huskers. The offensive line — go back and watch that show. I’m not going to say everything I said a week ago. It’s about potential. Are they going to live up to it?
Defensively. Can they get after the quarterback without having to blitz? They got 14 sacks a year ago. Now Nebraska should have the advantage in the trenches. After watching film of Colorado, their quarterback is really good but Nebraska should, I think, have the advantage in the trenches.
They have explosive playmakers on the edge, they should have a little bit of an advantage there as well with Stanley Morgan and JD Spielman. That should help us match Colorado’s ability to score points.
it’s going to come down to the quarterbacks. You look at Adrian Martinez. It’s his first game in 652 days. He hasn’t really started a game since his junior year of high school. He doesn’t have any experience in college football whereas Colorado’s QB is quietly starting to gain some Heisman praise (at least from their fans). The little brother that would never leave us alone that we never paid attention to that now is back — it’s going to be a fun game.
But it’s going to come down to the inexperience and how well does Adrian Martinez contain his butterflies vs Colorado’s quarterback who’s been playing pretty well.
Now the one advantage we do have? They have no film of us. They can turn on UCF and Oregon I guess, but they have no actual film of Nebraska. My prediction, and it’s really a guess, because it’s a wild card game to me. Don’t know much about CU, don’t know anything about Nebraska other than practices. So my fearless prediction is Nebraska wins 35-31. Now let me ask my beautiful daughter some questions…
Adam: Do you like football?
Adam: Well that’s “sorta” awesome, since this is “sorta” football show. What’s your favorite sport?
Adam: Who’s your favorite team?
Adam: Now if you’ve followed this show for the past three years, she’s come on the show several times and her dream is to play volleyball at Nebraska. I did not brainwash her that much to get her to do that. That’s her dream, that’s her goal. We’ll see if it changes but as of right now it’s on John Cook, you got my number! Will you at least watch the Colorado-Nebraska game with your dear old dad?
Adam: What is your prediction?
Addison: 34-31 Nebraska’s winning.
Adam: I like it! I like it! Now last week my mom was on the show, she made a prediction, I made a prediction. Nobody really won because there was no game but I gotta ask you one more question, who is your favorite Husker of all time?
Adam: Oh, I like that! I didn’t even have to prep her to say that. I lied, I got one more question. Whoever wins the prediction contest gets this belt next week. Addison, who’s wearing this belt on the show next week?
Addison: Dad, I already have my belt!
Adam: Where’d you get that? That’s awesome. All right, until next time, Go Big Red and always remember ...
Addison: to throw the bones.
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