November 23, 2014

Pelini won’t fully commit to saying “Yes, Ameer Abdullah will play Saturday” (AUDIO

Tomorrow, the weather forecast for Madison Wisconsin calls for cloudy skies and a high only of 30 for tomorrow’s kickoff between the Huskers and the Badgers. NU spent some time outdoors this week getting ready for the weather, but Bo Pelini doesn’t buy too much into that.

I’m still not sold Ameer Abdullah is playing this week for Nebraska. I felt like Pelini has danced around the subject all week. Yesterday he was asked again if Abdullah was playing.  I hope I’m just reading into this way too much…but not once I have heard a definitive yes Ameer Abdullah is playing. How will the rest of the backs respond and more importantly, does the defensive line show up to shut down Gordon.

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Eight-man football quarterfinal scores from 11/11/14

Class D-1

Tuesday’s quarterfinal results
Elm Creek 30, Creighton 8
Hemingford 56, Fullerton 6
Guardian Angels CC 46, Friend 26
BDS 24, Heartland 20

Monday’s semifinal games
No. 3 Hemingford (11-0) at No. 5 Elm Creek (10-1)
No. 5 Guardian Angels CC (11-0) at No. 2 BDS (10-1)

Class D-2

Tuesday’s quarterfinal results
Exeter-Milligan 28, Humphrey SF 26
Falls City SH 62, Kenesaw 46
Anselmo-Merna 44, Sandhills/Thedford 8
Maxwell 32, Garden County 28

Monday’s semifinals
No. 7 Falls City SH (9-2) at No. 1 Exeter-Milligan (11-0)
No. 1 Anselmo-Merna (11-0) at No. 3 Maxwell (10-1)

Pelini sounds “iffy” when talking about Abdullah’s availability for Saturday

Bo Pelini says Abdullah will play, but didn't sound confident on Monday.

Bo Pelini says Abdullah will play, but didn’t sound confident on Monday.

Since 1901, Wisconsin and Nebraska have met a total of eight times on the football field with each school winning four games apiece.

Now, this season, this game will feature two of the top running backs not only in the Big Ten, but in country. Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin has over 1,500 rushing yards, Ameer Abdullah with over 1,200 rushing yards, but will Abdullah play after getting banged up against Purdue? Bo Pelini says yes, but watching Pelini at his press conference, he looked fidgety. Abduallah hasn’t taken any practice reps yet.

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If the Huskers are going to have any success against Gordon, who rushed for 202 yards on 25 carries last week against Purdue, it will be important for the front four to tackle well.

Nebraska-Wisconsin to play for the Freedom Trophy

Freedom Trophy

Freedom Trophy

Wisconsin and Nebraska always have plenty to play for when the two Big Ten rivals meet on the football field. Now, the Freedom Trophy can be added to that list.  The trophy will be on the line for the first time on Saturday, Nov. 15, when the Badgers host the Cornhuskers at Camp Randall Stadium.

“Trophy games are part of the tradition of college football, and I’m thrilled that we’re going to be introducing one into our rivalry with Nebraska,” Wisconsin Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez said. “The Freedom Trophy brings recognition to two historic football venues and it honors our nation’s veterans. It is something I know the coaches, student-athletes and fans of both programs will embrace for years to come.”

“We are honored to partner with Wisconsin in an annual Freedom Trophy game, as both of our football programs and stadiums have rich histories and traditions,” Nebraska Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst said. “The Freedom Trophy provides a unique opportunity for us to pay special tribute to the brave men and women who have and will continue to defend our nation’s freedom.”

The Freedom Trophy, designed and sculpted by Harry Weber of Wright City, Mo., features a bronze football stadium with an American flag extending from the center. One half of the outside of the stadium depicts the North section of Wisconsin’s Camp Randall Stadium (built in 1917) and the other half the East side of Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium (built in 1923, East side expansion in 2012). The stadium and flag sculpture sits on top of a wooden base that has dedicated space for future Wisconsin-Nebraska game scores. With the Big Ten establishing East and West divisions for football prior to this season, the Huskers and Badgers will now play each other every year as members of the West Division.

The base also contains an identical inscription on two sides that reads:

“The Freedom Trophy pays tribute to the brave men and women who have fought in our nation’s wars. The University of Wisconsin’s Camp Randall Stadium, built on what was once a Civil War training ground, and the University of Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium, dedicated in honor of our nation’s veterans, stand as proud monuments to those who have sacrificed so much in the name of freedom.”

Since 1901, Wisconsin and Nebraska have met a total of eight times on the football field with each school winning four games apiece.

Huskers and Wisconsin kick time set

The Big Ten Conference announced late Saturday night that Nebraska’s game at Wisconsin next Saturday will kick off at 2:30 p.m. CT. The game will be televised nationally on ABC.