PYB with a game day check in, as promised, after viewing the DVR of Southern Mississippi and Nebraska. Snapping right to it, before the family awakes:
--What was on BTN Color Analyst Damon Benning's mind last weekend? First, he said that the NU coaches were "intimate" about getting more linebackers into the playing rotation. We aren't former-athletes-turned-broadcasters, but we think he meant 'adamant.' Then, he followed up with the gem you'll see on the included video.
--The Blackskirts tackled better. We'll see how they do against better athletes today versus UCLA.
--Taylor Martinez threw into coverage five times by our count, and will be punished for such errors when playing better teams. Egregious overthrows, like the one to wide-open tight end Cethan Carter, will be game-losers against quality competition.
--The referees sucked as usual, calling laughable personal foul penalties against Charles Jackson (hitting a guy with his shoulder) and Terrell Newby (stiff-arming a defender and knocking his helmet off because it wasn't secured tightly).
--PYB's biggest concern was the continued matchup problems in coverage, as Zaire Anderson covered a wide receiver in the slot and Avery Moss chased a running back deep downfield on two occasions. Those will cost NU six points today, if it happens again.
--Nebraska was still subpar on covering punts and cannot allow UCLA to flip the field every time it kicks. Put two returners back today. Quit bleeding yardage. Keep the offense in position to attack. Protect the young defense. You know, develop a strategy for a big game.
--Jim Furyk shot 59 during yesterday's second round of the BMW Championship, making the FedEx Cup stretch run as scintillating as always. The 59 included a bogey on the back nine. Impressive.
--On that note, we'll hit the eject button, but not before saying Tiger Woods got busted for cheating. On the golf course. Again. He's back! Thanks to ESPN for leading its highlights with a washed-up Woods missing putts when a major champion shot 59. Nice job.
All we got. Bama's coming....