- Motivation Nebraska has dump-truck's full of it. CU has little, if any. They're talking a great game in Planet Boulder, about how "this is Nebraska," and all that, but they're secure in knowing that they're going to the title game, and they're smug. In their minds, CU is already making plans for Oklahoma. They have absolutely nothing to gain in this game, and that will show. NU has those ghosts to put to rest. In Colorado, they like to talk about how star runner Chris Brown is such a "quiet" guy. If memory serves, he wasn't mute after last year's game. I tend to think that his post-game comments about Nebraska being "scared" last year may appear on a bulletin board or two in Huskerland! Will there be a more motivated person on the field than Craig Bohl? Given a chance, Frank Solich would have his offense go for 80 points on CU.
- Memorial Stadium. There's a reason that NU has lost twice in ten years at the place Jim Rose calls "Grandma." The atmosphere is big time - and this Friday, it will be a touch nasty, too. CU folded like a tent in a similar setting against Oklahoma, and the Buffs have exactly zero quality wins in "hostile" environments this season. There can be no comparing CU to Texas, and NU played the Longhorns off their feet a few weeks ago at home. The horrible struggles of this season have been on the road. Nebraska is a different team at home, where they can beat anyone.
- Robert Hodge. The Colorado Quarterback-by-default is CUs weak link. He has played no better than a second-stringer in each of his starts, and has been downright awful at times. His lack of big time experience (and talent) will be exploited under the difficult conditions he'll face in Lincoln. People like to think that Nebraska is a one-dimensional offense. Colorado is far more so. Put eight or nine men in the box to take away the run, and the Blackshirts will shut down Colorado's offense. And don't look for CU Coach Gary Barnett to pull out any stops with OU watching!
They will appear even weaker when the Huskers beat them on Friday. Remember those five simple words!
THE WORD I'm getting is that there's no way Kevin Steele, or Tommie Frazier for that matter, are coming back to Lincoln. If Solich opts for a new D-Coordinator, he'll have to look elsewhere. Here's a name to think about: Ron McBride. The fiery head man at Utah is about to lose his gig, and will be available. His teams always play tough, physical defense, and he has the fiery personality to light a fire under the Blackshirts. We need to wait and see, of course, if Craig Bohl can save his job this week and in the Independence (?) Bohl game!