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On Thursday's episode, Carriker is joined by his mom to give three things for Husker fans to watch against Akron and make their official score predictions.
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Here's a transcript from today's show:
Adam Carriker: 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 and normally, I’d have one of my beautiful children right here sitting next to me, but Mama Carriker is in town. Say hi to the fine folks at home, Mom.
Adam Carriker: I love my mom. So, we’re sitting around the table, and we’re chatting, and she’s asking me all these questions about the Huskers. And, I was like, “Mom, you wanna just come on my show and interview me?” So she’s written down some questions. She’s gonna interview me, and basically, I’m going to live out every child’s worst nightmare, my mom’s going to interview me on camera for everyone to see. All right Mom, here you go.
Okay, question one. What is the No. 1 thing you’ll be watching for on offense?
Adam Carriker: All right, from the Huskers versus Akron this Saturday the No. 1 thing everyone’s gonna be looking at is the quarterback, Adrian Martinez. How’s he gonna do? So, I’m gonna go with not such an obvious answer, I’m gonna go with the offensive line. All right, and I will never forget my freshman year of high school, my gym teacher, Mr. Anderson, he said, “Carriker, you know what you are?” And I said, “What’s that, Mr. Anderson?” He said, “You’re a bunch of potential.” And, I go, “Well, that sounds really bad. What do you mean?” Even though it sounds good, it sounded bad. He goes, “It means you’ve done nothing yet.” And, I look at this offensive line, and for the third year in a row, they’ve got highly recruited guys, they’ve got talented guys, they’ve got guys with experience. They’ve got 17 guys on scholarship. That’s a 3 1/2 deep, but they have yet to live up to the potential that they have. I’m curious to see. Greg Austin is one of the best offensive line coaches in the entire country. That UCF offensive line was not good, to put it mildly, and they were very good when he left, to put it mildly. I wanna see the kind of progress he’s made with that offensive line in game one versus Akron.
Question two. What is the biggest thing you want to see for Nebraska’s defense?
Adam Carriker: All right, so Nebraska’s defense, the Blackshirts, Erik Chinander not handing out any Blackshirts maybe after the Akron game. We’ll wait and see what happens. That in itself is kind of a show. Maybe I’ll talk about that next week, depending on what happens with the Blackshirts. But the No. 1 thing that I want to see is pass rushers. Can we get after the quarterback? You look at a year ago. The Huskers only had 14 sacks the whole year. We play 12 games. That’s like barely more than one sack a game. It’s like one sack a game. I’m not bragging, but my junior year, when we led the entire country in sacks, we had 50 sacks. All right, Erik Chinander is an aggressive caller. He likes to blitz; he likes to get after the quarterback; he likes to force turnovers. But, we’ve got some young corners, and just in general, you have to be able to get after the quarterback without constantly blitzing and leaving corners on an island. So, I wanna see what Alex Davis, Luke Gifford, some of these guys can do. Can they get after the quarterback, so that we don’t have to blitz all the time. Also, I wanna see the attitude. They’re not Blackshirts yet, but when you’ve got guys like Grant Wistrom, who flew in just to talk to the team, and guys like Jason Peter, who are half to two thirds crazy telling these guys what it means to be a Blackshirt, what it’s all about, defining it to them, explaining it to them. They probably don’t have it just yet cause it’s a learning process, but do they have that mantra? Do they have that attitude? Where are they at in becoming the Blackshirts once again?
And, my third question is, give us one other random thing to keep our eye on.
Adam Carriker: So, for me, I’m gonna look at the kicker. All right, we’ve got a true freshman at the quarterback. We’ve also got a true freshman at the kicking position. Barret Pickering who is the No. 2 in the entire country coming out of high school a year ago, but he’s a true freshman, and he’s been inconsistent in practice. That can make a big difference between kicking a 40 yard field goal and having to go for it on fourth down. Keep your eye on Barret Pickering and the kicking situation. You got another question for me?
What is the final score prediction?
Adam Carriker: What’s my final score prediction? So you look at Akron, they were MAC championship game a year ago. They made a bowl game. Their offense is not gonna be great this year, but they return nine starters on defense. They have the potential to be very good, even a top 25 nationally ranked defense on that side of the ball. Don’t be upset Husker fans. Remember this is Adrian Martinez, he’s a true freshman. He didn’t play his senior year. His first start in two years. Don’t be upset if this game is a little bit closer than you would like, but then the Huskers will pull away late. The spread is 24 points, but I have Nebraska winning 38-17. Let me flip the tables. What is your prediction, Mom?
I think Nebraska is gonna dominate 45-13.
Adam Carriker: I like that. I like that confidence. Any other final thoughts?
Well, I guess we’ll see who’s closer and remember this is a competition baby.
Adam Carriker: I love that. So, every week my kids come on, they make a prediction. My family members, they make a prediction, and I barely won last year. And, we see who’s closer and who wins. The championship belt goes to the winner. We’ll see who gets it right. My mom and I and my kids and I throughout the season. All right, Monday-Friday, Omaha.com/carriker. Sunday night, Facebook live 8 p.m. CT. Check it out. It was phenomenal last week. Over 50,000 people viewed it. Go Big Red, and always remember...
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