Saturday the 16th of October at 3:00 PM, it can be guaranteed that there will be nobody outside Memorial Stadium holding a ticket. Husker fans will be in their seats early and ready for kickoff at 3:30, some will be listening to the band play before the game for the first time in years. Most of the crowd will be tuned into the local radio broadcast, white earpieces on just about everyone, in anticipation of the tunnel walk.
What about the Visitors from the South?
Texas Longhorn fans will be there too, a few of them anyway, for the last time in the foreseeable future. How long they stay will be determined by how the game unfolds, not the behavior of the Husker fans, but the play on the field. Have a good time in Lincoln, Longhorn fans, if the game goes badly for you then talk to Nebraskans about Nebraska vs. Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship. Everyone is here to have fun, join the party.
What is the Tunnel Walk?
It is a tradition and widely considered the first major college multimedia introduction ceremony. It is loud and to the tune of Sirius by the Alan Parson’s Project. In combination with video and fan participation, always a sellout crowd of 80,000-plus, the Husker Nation is introduced to their Nebraska Cornhuskers. The crowd will be electric.
But Who Are These Huskers?
I find the phrase, “These aren’t your daddy’s ‘fill in the blanks’” interesting and perfect for this situation, but this phase is just not quite right. Texas will see that from the first kick to the end of the game…
These Are Your Daddy’s Cornhuskers!
They run the option! Yes, they run the option again and again. And they are good at it!
The Blackshirts are given to players that truly deserve the honor; Carl Pelini would have it no other way. The defensive backs are as good as any you will see anywhere and they get interceptions. Interceptions thrown by good/great quarterbacks. Nebraska will play defense tougher than most will ever see. In addition to the backfield is a quarterback’s nightmare: a line that enjoys the fight in the trenches.
A defensive line that prides itself on dominating the game, that will dominate and make your quarterback seriously think about packing up and going home.
Quarterbacks know that the Blackshirts plan on hitting you, and they will hit you. Quarterbacks and coaching staffs spend long days thinking up ways to counter this onslaught. Good luck! The Huskers are planning a party and you are invited for the fun.
What about Texas?
The longhorns enter the game with their backs to the wall. It is the first time in a long time that they face losing three in a row. Mack Brown has been a good coach and brought home a national championship to Texas, but there is still talk of pushing him out the door. AMAZING!
The Longhorns will field a great bunch of players on both offense and defense. It will be a tough game for the Huskers; the Longhorns will come to play because it is a big game on the schedule for both teams.
Ask Anyone in Nebraska and Most of Texas...This Is Huge!
Considering that a Texas loss would be devastating and would result in beginning the rebuilding process. That said, look at the other side of the ball. If Nebraska loses they lose their shot at the national championship. So this game is huge, RIGHT?
Ask Bo, he knows...”It’s big because it’s the next one. I guess I don’t get the question. They’re all big I think.”
WHAT?!? Hurry, somebody ask Mack Brown what his thoughts are on how big this game is to Texas, Mack Brown says...Nothing! At least not yet, but that could change.
But this game is big. For Texas it would allow them to save a season that is on the verge of the abyss. For Nebraska, this is a game that places them in a "control their own destiny" position in regards to the national championship picture.
OK, so Bo was quoted as saying the officials got it right at the end of the game last year. That the one second added back to the clock, which resulted in giving Texas one last game-winning play, was the right call. That one second had the effect of sending Nebraska home in defeat. It may be the right call but it is now a rallying point for Nebraska. Apparently the team is wearing red wristbands with “00:01 Finish” on them. How big is this game?
What Are the Keys to Victory?
The offense needs to be efficient and relaxed. Big plays are not expected of this unit for this game. What they need to do is move the ball and control the clock. It is not a big issue if they don’t score from 65 yards out on every play. They are up against a strong defense and will need to be patient. Don’t expect the "T Magic" show this week, the victory will be because of the whole team’s efforts.
The Nebraska Blackshirts should keep Texas from producing many points during the game and has the potential of shutting them down completely. I doubt it, but I do think Texas will be lucky to see 20 points for the game. If Nebraska gets any sort of lead, the Blackshirts will be expected to hold that lead until the final tick of the clock.
If they are moving the ball with ease, it will be a long day for Nebraska. Can their sophomore quarterback improve over his performance against Oklahoma’s defense (27-41 for 266 yards and one interception with no passing touchdowns) or will the Nebraska Blackshirts shut him down? Can they rush the ball against the stingy Blackshirts or will the result be the same as the Oklahoma game where they rushed for only 107 total team yards?
Can they shake up the redshirt freshman quarterback sensation and stop the new Nebraska option? If you see plays of over 20 yards on a regular basis in the first half, this game will not be close at the end. However, if the Longhorns can keep within striking distance, that plays into Texas’ hand and they could sneak out with a victory.
In conclusion, I want a wristband. I want a great game. I want everyone to have fun. And I don’t think I will be disappointed.