Based on Louisiana Monroe’s upset of Arkansas and overtime loss to Auburn, no opponent should be taken lightly. Despite that, it is difficult to seriously discuss a game between a team with the history of the University of Nebraska and an Idaho State Bengal Big Sky Conference team which has won a total of 18 games over the last 8 seasons. For those wondering, that is 2.25 wins a season. (The Bengals were 2-9 in 2011). There are four possible exciting story lines going into this game, one of which will only be interesting to me, my father and some other friends and family.
First and foremost, from 1972 to 1975, the Bengals were coached by family friend and former University of Rhode Island Head Coach, Bob Griffin. Coach Griffin coached my father while he was in college. I had the honor of serving as a University of Rhode Island Football Ball-boy in the 1980’s, including the Rams’ glory years of 1984 and 1985.
Second, Rex Burkhead will be back in the line-up after missing two games with a sprained ligament in his knee. Unfortunately, Burkhead’s injury came the week before UCLA. With B1G Conference play starting next week and a FCS opponent, Burkhead should probably be eased back into the rotation to shake off the rust.
Third, the Huskers should win handily. As such, it should be an opportunity to secure some playing time and experience for some of the back-up players. Hopefully, we will see some playing time for the back-up Quarterback. Whoever that may be at this time. I suspect the answer would change depending on mop-up duty or a Taylor Martinez injury.
Fourth, the Huskers will be without Linebacker Ziare Anderson for the rest of the season. The junior college transfer tore his ACL last week in practice. Despite his injury, he played against Arkansas State and contributed three tackles. A disappointing loss of a Linebacker who showed good lateral speed and sideline to sideline ability. Even more disappointing when you consider the Huskers’ lack of depth at the position.
Tough one to call this week. I’ll go with the Huskers, 63-10.