Sunday, September 16, 2012
Guess Who's Coming to Lincoln?
T Vagic is good enough to beat up patsies and good enough to get you beat against anyone decent. He's also just inefficient enough to make sure NU's backup QB gets one meaningless series in blowouts instead of a full quarter of reps.
--Ameer Abdullah looked great. Too many carries to absorb, given that the game was a blowout. Imani Cross and Braylon Heard both looked solid. Mike Marrow is terrible, and his playing time should dwindle to zero very soon. Can't run, can't block, can't hang on to the ball. Either bench him....or make him a four-year starter.
--The offensive line was bad, as usual, but got a hall pass because Abdullah is so good at bouncing runs inside or outside, a la Roy Helu. The front five cannot sustain a push....ever. Not even against Arkansas State. This does not bode well for conference play. At least there weren't a million penalties. Baby steps.
--Receivers were great as always. Bell was a difference maker. Quincy Enunwa caught the ball well and was tough to bring down. Kyler Reed caught another ball. Only trouble is, they'll go MIA in big games because their quarterback is bad.
--The defensive line was terrible, as suspected. When all four starters suck, the unit as a whole will suck. It's just science. Cameron Meredith is cementing his place in history as the worst starting defensive end in Nebraska history. If you can think of somebody worse, please let us know. John Ankrah looked as if he's adopted Meredith's same lethargic play and fitness regimen. His ass gets fatter by the day, and will be 2-Live-Crew-video material in a matter of weeks.
--Linebackers: Will Compton made a few plays but is too slow to run plays down. Zaire Anderson didn't look very good, or fast. Hopefully, he was just tentative in his first game. We don't believe that's the case, however. David Santos looked like he could run a bit and may be a capable player the next few seasons. There was a Sean Fisher sighting. He's really smart and is going to medical school, or so they tell us.
Bottom line is.....this year's version of the Big 10 may be the worst major conference in 20 years. Somehow, Nebraska could win the whole enchilada and go get embarrassed in the Rose Bowl again. Maybe against the explosive Trojans of USC -- another overrated ESPN favorite who barely beat Syracuse and got dominated up front in a loss to Stanford Saturday night.
Sadly, Pinelli & Crew will find a way to fuck up a shot at a New Year's Day bowl. We know this to be true. And it is probably for the best, if it means avoiding playing an athletic team on national television.
What happened to the good times?