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On Monday's episode, Adam Carriker gives his thoughts on Nebraska playing Illinois in Dublin, Ireland in 2021 and how it will give the Huskers good national exposure.
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Here's a transcript of 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.
Here are my humble thoughts on the Cornhuskers opening up the 2021 season in Dublin, Ireland on August 28 versus Illinois, the "S" is silent.
Now, my first thought was, are we losing a home game. Because there's no way you're going to make more money having Nebraska play over in Ireland, if we're losing a home game. But we're not. Illinois is losing a home game, so I don't really care.
You're probably going to make more money over in Ireland than you will in Illinois. No disrespect to Illinois, but you're not going to make more money than you would having the game at Nebraska.
So we're not losing a home game, Illinois is. So first of all, I've got no problem with that, and you probably will make more money over there. That's cool.
No. 2, I like the fact that they're going to get to report a week early. They're going to get an extra week of practice because they’re going to play — the season that year doesn't technically start for college football until Sept. 4. We're going to start Aug. 28, so we're going to get an extra week of practice.
But fret not, my friends, they're not going to get worn out cause now they get an extra bye week. So you show up a week earlier, you get an extra week of practice, and you get an extra bye week. And I know it's only one game, but you still get beat up playing a game. So you get that extra bye week to learn, recover and get better.
When I watched Miami and Florida play this year, which leads me to my last point, national exposure. There's gonna be hardly any other games on that week. It's called week zero because there's like zero other teams that are going to be playing. When Miami and Florida played this year, all eyes were on that game.
Now I will say — no disrespect to Illinois and they just about beat us this year, all right — but I wish it was a little more higher-profile team that we were playing, so to speak. Like a Miami-Florida type, maybe Nebraska versus — I mean, we play Oklahoma that year, but you get my point. A little bit higher-profile. But it's going to be national exposure. It's going to give us an extra week of practice. It's going to give us an extra game (editor note: the Huskers will still play 12 regular season games).
We're not losing any home games. For us, as a Husker fan, I don't really care if Illinois loses any, all due respect.
So to me, I like it. My only caveat is the next time we do something like this, and I think it'd be great if we do something every year. Get that extra week of practice; get that extra bye week; get that national exposure. Let's try to make high profile games again — all due respect to Illinois where the "S" is silent. All right, the home of Dick Butkus, one of the greatest ever.
So those are my humble thoughts. I'm actually pretty excited. I actually like it. I think it's a good idea.
What do you fine folks at home think? Do you like it? Do you like Lucky Charms?
If you're not looking at my shirt, you don't know what I'm talking about.
Until next time Husker Nation, Go Big Red and always remember to throw the bones!
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