It’s both a happy and sad week for many Husker fans. While the joy of starting the season 5-0 still burns brightly in the soul of die hard Big Red fans, there’s also an empty feeling knowing the Huskers won’t be taking the field this Saturday.
It’s sort of like a cold, breezy, yet middle of August waiting for camp to end feeling.
But, there’s no need to dread Nebraska fans! Despite the fact NU won’t return to the field for another eight days, there’s plenty to distract you this weekend in and around Omaha.
Here’s five suggestions for things to watch/do/keep and eye on to get you through the bye week.
Iowa vs. Minnesota - Saturday, 11 A.M. (ESPN 2)
It’s the battle for the Floyd of Rosedale (more commonly known as “The Pig Game”) between two on Nebraska’s Big Ten West division rivals. Both of these teams are still to come on NU’s schedule, and it’s virtually a must-win for both clubs.
Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner has had no issues voicing his disdain for the Hawkeyes this week, while Iowa running back Akrum Wadley has flat out called the game a “must win” for the Hawks.
If nothing else, Husker fans should have no problem finding someone to root against in this one.
Tennessee vs. Texas A&M - Saturday, 2:30 P.M. (CBS)
It’s the lone top ten showdown of the weekend, and it should be a good one. If Tennessee manages to win, they’re virtually assured to win the SEC East. After next week vs. Alabama, the Vols finish the season with South Carolina, Tennessee Tech, Kentucky, Missouri, and Vanderbilt. Not exactly a murderer’s row.
If the Vols lose, it opens up a fascinating scenario where Florida could sneak back into the title game picture, even if they never make up the game against LSU which has been postponed due to Hurricane Matthew.
USC vs. Colorado - Saturday, 3 P.M. (Pac-12 Network)
Yeah, I know, you probably don’t get the Pac-12 Network. But…if you happen to be out someplace that does….
I’m rooting for the Buffs this year. They can really score, and have shown at least a heartbeat on defense the past few weeks. If Colorado wins, its time to start looking at them as a legit Pac-12 South contender. It’s a great comeback story, and they’re just a fun team to watch.
Miami vs. Florida State - Saturday, 7 P.M. (ABC)
Speaking of being a legitimate contender, that’s what Miami will likely be considered if they manage to win the sunshine state rivalry game Saturday night.
The Canes look like the better team right now, and would solidify their place in the top ten with a win here.
Weather figures to be somewhat of a factor, depending on what Hurricane Matthew leaves behind, so that could play into things as well.
Keith Urban ripCORD World Tour - Saturday, 7:30 P.M. (Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln)
If you’re looking for something non-sports to spice up your weekend, this is a pretty solid option. I’ve seen Urban a handful of times, and he’s one heck of a performer, whether you’re a fan of country music or not.
The show starts at 7:30, but theres a couple of opening acts. My guess is you can get your fill of college football, and still make the show by the time the headliner takes the stage.