Nebraska Football Tailgate Talk: Season Spoiler Alert


Nebraska football plays its final game of the season against Iowa at 3 p.m. in Iowa City. The weather will be fantastic for November with the kick off temperature expected to be in the mid 40’s. The match will be televised on the B1G Ten network. It’s rivalry week and I think it’s time to grill that bird even though the Huskers are 10.5-point underdogs.

Last week’s game against Wisconsin… so another blown lead because the offense can’t get a 1st down. Honestly, I think it’s worse to be ahead at halftime and see the game fall apart at the end. The defense played out of their minds (again), but having those big Wisconsin bodies leaning on you the whole game has a cumulative effect. It’s hard to have to survive so many minutes on the pitch. It’s like that feeling you get after your third slice of pie after Thanksgiving dinner. You know what I mean… I wish I hadn’t seen this happen and almost about to vomit.

The only thing left for the Nebraska football team to do is beat Iowa and ruin their chance to go to Indy in the championship game against the Eastern winner. I totally agree with this idea. In fact, if Coach Mickey Joseph can win against Iowa, it will make up for a lot of other things that have happened over the past five years. And if that keeps Iowa from going to Indianapolis, I won’t lose any sleep over it.

This last game is always close and usually to the wire. Hopefully, Eve’s party rolls over Huskers offensive coordinator Mark Whipple and it reminds him that a winning combination of any production is to stick with what’s proven. Much like a turkey and mashed potato, Whipple should call the football equivalent – ​​running plays and short passing. It’s really good to get 3 yards on every play instead of panicking and having to throw it deep. My calculations are not excellent but 4 times at 3 meters each time = a 1st try.

On the bright side, it looks like Huskers QB Casey Thompson will have another chance to save his life from a tough defense and be able to play on Friday. Hopefully he treats us with 3 touchdowns and the kicker can tack on the rest. He was exciting to watch this year. Thanks transfer portal.

Iowa has not changed. They like to run the ball, they have good defense and their pesky special teams seem to be creating their own scoring chances.

Christmas is on the horizon so here is some of my wish list, Santa Claus. I want Nebraska football to be error free and not its worst enemy. I want Garrett Nelson fired. I want Rahmir Johnson to score a quick touchdown. I want special teams to ENABLE everyone in Nebraska to stand up and shout good things. I want the O line to be awesome. I mean, if I’m going to wish it, do it B1G.

Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t say THANK YOU to Coach Mickey Joseph. Watching him over the past few months has been refreshing. He mentioned there was a “joy to return to Nebraska” for him during his last press conference. He said he “wouldn’t trade those memories.” Having his smile, his energy and his fantastic character every week was a JOY for this fan (and many others, I suppose). It was written this week that this is a better Huskers team than when he took over. How could it be otherwise? But I think we’re ALL better at having it in mind. Thanks for trusting him, Trev. The Huskers’ next head coach better be just as epic.

There won’t be much room in the fridge this week for jello shots, so I went to dip into some of the leftovers. Mix 8 oz cream cheese with 2 cups shredded white cheddar cheese. Fold in a can of cranberry sauce, the one that has berries in it, or use your leftovers from the night before. Put it in a square non-stick baking dish, then in a 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes. Watch the edges so they don’t brown too much. Finish the top with a little more cheddar cheese and return to the oven to make it gooey. It won’t take long. Serve with bread, pita chips or crostini. Enjoy!

The race has been long and bumpy this season. There’s a new coach on the horizon. (tick tock, tick tock) There is no offseason in Nebraska Football Country. I will do my best to love whoever takes over next. And I will continue to do my part as a fan and cheer them on in the spring and then next fall. But first, Huskers, go beat Iowa!


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