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    Lincoln Journal Star spring Big 12 preview

    Thought you guys would like this.

    No power rankings, no predictions, just a run down of who's gone, who's returning and a spring storyline or two for all 12 schools.

    Spring football Big 12 breakdown



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    Re: Lincoln Journal Star spring Big 12 preview

    I love the way they put knu in the same breath as TU and OU on our schedule.



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    Re: Lincoln Journal Star spring Big 12 preview

    Football? I thought it was still basketball season.



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    Re: Lincoln Journal Star spring Big 12 preview

    Quote Originally Posted by NebrClone View Post
    I love the way they put knu in the same breath as TU and OU on our schedule.
    With the players OU and UT are losing this year, NU could be on par with them in terms of how we match up against them.


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    Re: Lincoln Journal Star spring Big 12 preview

    Quote Originally Posted by NebrClone View Post
    I love the way they put knu in the same breath as TU and OU on our schedule.
    Based simply on returning starters, Bleacher Report (I know, I know, some on CF love to hate Bleacher Report) lists Nebraska #5, Missouri #9, Oklahoma #17, and Texas #20 in their "going into the season" rankings. I really don't think it is too far-fetched for the Lincoln Journal or any publication in the Big 12 to speak of Nebraska in the same breath with both Texas and Oklahoma. There are a lot of people who are picking Nebraska to not only win the North in 2010, but also to win the Big 12 championship. I would guess Nebraska will win the North again, but I'm not ready to say they are going to win the overall conference championship just yet.



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    Re: Lincoln Journal Star spring Big 12 preview

    Quote Originally Posted by NebrClone View Post
    I love the way they put knu in the same breath as TU and OU on our schedule.
    Nebraska looks like they might be pretty good this year. At least we play them in Ames.



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    Re: Lincoln Journal Star spring Big 12 preview

    I count more than 4 returning defensive starters.
    P Neal - 9 starts in 2009
    B Johnson - 8 starts
    R Parker
    L Johnson
    D Sims

    Benton had 4 starts and O'Connell got some playing time as well

    The only spot on defense that we're lacking starts is at linebacker which those guys did see the field quite a bit last year. I'm personally not too concerned with the new defensive players. Coach Burnham had less talent and experience last year and we fielded a pretty solid group.



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    Re: Lincoln Journal Star spring Big 12 preview

    Quote Originally Posted by benjay View Post
    Nebraska looks like they might be pretty good this year.
    Based on what?? (honest question)

    From what I know, which isn't much, they still don't have a proven QB and lost their biggest playmaker on both sides of the ball in Suh. I'm not saying the defense is going to struggle, but the d-line will feel the effects because guys like Crick won't have the 1-1 matchups like they did last year.



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    Re: Lincoln Journal Star spring Big 12 preview

    I think Nebraska is a top ten team next year.



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    Re: Lincoln Journal Star spring Big 12 preview

    I don't have a problem with them mentioning Nebby in the same breath as OU and TX. If I remember they beat OU and nearly TX in the championship game. I realize the lost a lot in Suh but Tx lost Shipley and their all everything QB. I think that OU rebounds next year but they also lost a lot to the NFL.

    My dark horse to win the North is Mizzou. They had NU on their heels last year in the monsoon and I think that the weather hurt MU more than it did NU.


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    Re: Lincoln Journal Star spring Big 12 preview

    Quote Originally Posted by deadeyededric View Post
    I think Nebraska is a top ten team next year.
    I understand some might think this but for me it is hard to make a team tope ten when they don't know who their starting QB and RB will be. It isn't like they have two guys that are great fighting it out. They have two guys that are average at best.

    Throw in losing Suh, and you just don't know how that defense will react. Suh made everyone better on that defense. They return a lot of talent so I think they will be good but will they be as good or better than last season. If not then they are not a top twen team with their offensive woes


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    Re: Lincoln Journal Star spring Big 12 preview

    I like how kNu has 12 "headliners" when everyone else has 4-7. Although, I guess it's fair to say that if they are predicting which players will be headliners in the Lincoln Journal-Star then they probably will have double the number of kNu players headlined.



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    Re: Lincoln Journal Star spring Big 12 preview

    I thought it was a good preview. A few errors (like our defensive starters) but all in all pretty fair piece. I think the rip on Texas' QB was a little tough, considering he played pretty good in the second half for a true frosh that just got thrown into the National Championship game


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    Re: Lincoln Journal Star spring Big 12 preview

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    Re: Lincoln Journal Star spring Big 12 preview

    Nebraska was a very good team this last year, but I'm not seeing what is going to make them better. Suh made that whole team work. This isn't to say that their QB and RB play won't improve, because they could, but it seems to me that he whole idea is predicated on an offense that did next to nothing greatly improving, and the defense staying pretty good.


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