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On Friday's episode, Adam Carriker gives his way-too-early, just-for-fun preview of September's Nebraska-Colorado game.
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Here's a transcript of today's show:
Welcome to another Fast Friday Edition of the Carriker Chronicles, where each and every Friday we keep it quick and easy, brought to you by Nebraska Spine Hospital.
Today, ladies and gentlemen, this is my way-too-early, just-for-fun, completely 100% unbiased preview of the Colorado game for the Huskers this upcoming fall. Now, let's talk about Colorado, the Golden Buffaloes, the Buffaloes whatever they are. Our want-to-be little brother. It's gonna be fun. Alright, so Colorado started out 5-0 a year ago, they were red hot. Then they lost their last seven games. They finished the season 5-7, fired their head coach. Their new head coach, Mel Tucker, came from Georgia, before that Alabama, spent time in the NFL as well.
Now as far as returning starters on offense for the Buffaloes, they have their playmaking quarterback Steven Montez returning. They also have their top two wide receivers and four returners along that offensive line as well, returning starters. Now running back is a wide open position for them right now. They in fact have six different guys trying to earn their starting running back job.
Defensively, they run a 3-4 defense. They had their top pass rusher from a year ago, Mustafa Johnson, returning. He had 8½ last season. They also have their top tackler and the unquestioned leader of their defense, Nate Landman, coming back as well. They do have some question marks on the defensive side of the ball. They have to find two new starters on the defensive line, they've got to find two new starters at outside linebacker and safety, the safety position, so they got some question marks right now for them on their defense.
Now CU's going to be able to score on offense. They got some explosive players on offense, they may struggle on defense at least early, kind of the reverse of how I see Nebraska this year. If you watch some of my shows, you know what I'm talking about. If you didn't, go back and check them out. But I think Nebraska's youth on offense, question marks at wide receiver, got to find some starting offensive linemen, running backs wide open. Is Maurice Washington going to play? Is he not? If he doesn't, who's going to step up? I think the youth on offense is going to have to be carried by some of the experience that we have on defense. The Blackshirts are going to have to carry the offense at least until the offense catches up at certain points of the year. So it's going to be interesting because our Blackshirts should have a good challenge against this Colorado offense, and our offense is going to be facing a young Colorado defense.
So how do I see this playing out? I think it's going to be a close game. I think it's going to be exciting, much like the game a year ago in Lincoln. This is still somewhat of a rivalry game. I think it's going to be close, come down to the end. And I will give my final prediction because I want to learn some more between now and then about Colorado, about Nebraska. I'll get my final prediction, as always, the Thursday, Preview Thursday, Prediction Thursday before we play Colorado, but I want to hear your prediction. Hit me up. What's your score prediction? Close? Blowout? Nebraska win, lose? Facebook, Twitter, hit me up and until next time, go Big Red and always remember to throw the bones!
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