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Friday, April 18, 2008

The Sisters of Mercy just released their Top 10 worst mismatches of the upcoming college football year. Oklahoma vs. Chattanooga? Charleston Southern vs. Miami (FL)? Southeast Missouri vs. Missouri? Impressive. What is Nebraska's non-conference schedule you ask? Tougher. I think.

Nebraska vs. Western Michigan (8/30)

WMU has true 6'6 sophomore Colin Kaepernick, who threw for over 2100 yards and 19 TDs in 8 games, battling it out with future NFL QB Nick Graziano, who threw for 1200 yards and 10 TDs in only three games last year before injury. WMU finished 5-7 last year but returns a heap of talent and should contend for the West MAC title. The most intriguing part of WMU for Husker fans could be watching what they do at Buffalo 10/11. Ball State? Remember?

Nebraska vs. San Jose State (9/06)

Old U. of Arizona coach Dick Tomey begins his 4th year at SJSU. Remarkably, in his first year in 2005, Tomey lead the Spartans to their first back to back wins since '97 and then followed it up with a bowl appearance in the inaugural New Mexico Bowl where they defeated New Mexico in '06. Tomey has coached 5 first round NFL players, 20 All-Americans, and 43 All Pac-10 players. I'm not saying SJSU is good, but gotta love a coach who finished 12-1 and finished 3rd in the AP in 1997 at a football powerhouse like Arizona. Hungry for more? Check it out. However, they are not as hungry as Jenn Sterger who is a huge DXP fan.

Nebraska vs. New Mexico State (9/13)

When Wikipedia has nothing on your football program that means you are not good. New Mexico State, however, does have some significant Nebraska ties. Tony Samuel was in Tom Osborne's first recruiting class and coached the linebackers at Nebraska for ten years. In those ten years Samuel coached 6 first team All-Americans and 12 NFL players. The juggernaut Aggies fired him despite a 15-20 record over his last 3 years. Kenton Keith, an Omaha Benson grad, is the second string running back for the Indianapolis Colts behind Joseph Addai and had barely over 2,000 yards for his injury plagued career at NMSU. Keith is probably most known as the two time MVP of the Council Bluffs Rams 'Iowa Friendship Bowl'. I am most known for the two time MVP of the Council Bluffs 'Razzle Dazzle Credit Card Bowl'. Eerie.

(side note: Tony Samuel coaches Southeast Missouri now who plays Missouri as mentioned above. GO REDHAWKS!)

Nebraska vs. Virginia Tech (9/27)

You'll win.

DXP wishes to give all of those affected and struck by the tragedies of the horrific events that took place on April 16, 2007 our deepest condolences.

However, this guy packs some serious heat. Herbie was born in September.