Nebraska bye week Monday news

Nebraska commit Kendall Bussey seemed to enjoy himself, the Wisconsin game time hasn't been set, and week 10 bowl projections are out. Come inside for the latest Nebraska news and donuts from Big Red Report.

LINCOLN, Neb. - Nebraska fans hoping to know the kickoff start time for the Huskers matchup with Wisconsin next week will have to wait.

The Big Ten announced on Monday morning the game would be a six-day pick. It will be either 11 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. CT on ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2.

It will be the second time Nebraska has visited Madison since joining the conference and will likely have major Big Ten and college football playoff implications. The Huskers will take an 8-1 (4-1 conference) record into the contest and are in the driver’s seat for a Big Ten west division title. The same can be said about Wisconsin, as they end the year with Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota and only one-loss in conference.


BOWL PROJECTIONS:

Week 10 of the college football season is in the books and the annual tradition of multiple media outlets projecting bowl games has begun.

At 8-1 on the season, the Huskers are knocking on the door for a New Year’s Day bowl, but have a crucial three game stretch to end the regular season.

Here are some of the Monday morning projections from across the web when it comes to where Nebraska would play and who the opponent would be:

CBS Sports:
Fiesta Bowl – Arizona State

ESPN Bret McMurphy
Holiday Bowl – Utah

ESPN Mark Schlabach
Outback Bowl - LSU

Sporting News
Outback Bowl – Ole Miss

CFN News
Outback Bowl – LSU

Big Ten Network
Outback – Missouri


BUSSEY SEEMED TO ENJOY HIMSELF

Big Red Report caught up with the talented 3-star running back on Monday, after seeing Bussey enjoy himself on the sidelines Saturday afternoon.

Walking pass various people on the sidelines, Bussey said “hello, great to see you guys,” with a smile on his face. Minutes before the team returned to the locker room, Bussey was caught gazing at the Nebraska crowd in awe.

As far as the game itself?

“Obviously, you don’t want to see Ameer get hurt,” Bussey told Bryan Munson of Big Red Report. “They have two guys there in Imani Cross and Terell Newby who are No. 2 and No. 3, but I think could come in and earn some playing time and snaps.”

Last week, Bussey became the fastest player at his school to reach 1,000 yards in a season.

"The year Kendall is having, I mean, for him to get 1000 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns is a phenomenal achievement " Newman head coach Nelson Stewart said. "We rebuilt our running game around him. Just a phenomenal season and one we soon won't forget."

Now for some personal thoughts on Bussey. I love the running back’s senior highlight film, but would caution Nebraska fans to temper expectations when it comes to a true freshman running back.

On Saturday, when senior running back Ameer Abdullah went down, immediately fans were throwing out remarks regarding the need for Bussey in the moment.

While Louisiana is a hotbed for college football recruits, Bussey isn’t playing against the greatest competition – turn on the film and it’s evident by looking at some of the size of the defensive line he’s meeting when getting to the line of scrimmage. I really feel like it will be harder for him to run over defensive ends and linebackers at the D-1 level. In addition, while his speed is an asset, defenses are going to be a lot faster as well. I think Bussey is ultimately a high ceiling (all-conference type) running back recruit, but wouldn’t be surprised if it takes a year development. It's easy to forget how talented and touted a guy like Terrell Newby was coming out of high school as well. While I call him far from a bust, he hasn't probably lived up to the "lightning" title he was given heading to Lincoln as of yet.

Big Red Report will have a full report on the senior later Monday night.

Nebraska commits DaiShon Neal (left) and Bussey (right)


HARVEY’S EXTRA DONUTS:

* Running back Ameer Abdullah has been named a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award, joining fellow Big Ten running backs Tevin Coleman and Melvin Gordon. The award is given to the best player in college football, but hasn’t been given to a running back since Penn State’s Larry Johnson in 2002. In 1983, Nebraska running back Mike Rozier won the award.

* Defensive end Randy Gregory was named a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award on Monday. Around since 1995, it’s given annually to the best defensive player in college football. Former Husker defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh won the award in 2009.

* Expect quite a few sighting this week as the Nebraska staff hits the road, with a lot of their attention on the 2016 class.


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