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Nebraska Football Tailgate Talk: Season spoiler alert

Nebraska Football plays its final game of the season against Iowa at 3 p.m. in Iowa City. The weather will be fantastic for November with an early temperature expected to be in the mid 40’s. The game will be broadcast on the B1G Ten network. It’s Rivalry Week and I think it’s time to broil that bird even though the Huskers are 10.5 point underdogs.

Last week’s game against Wisconsin… so another lead blown to crap because the offensive can’t get a 1st place. I honestly find it worse to lead at half-time only to see the game go down the drain at the end. Defense went nuts (again), but having those Wisconsin BIG bodies leaning on you all game has a cumulative effect. It’s tough surviving so many minutes on the field. It’s like that feeling you get after your third piece of cake after Thanksgiving dinner. You know what I mean…wish you hadn’t seen and was on the verge of vomiting.

All that’s left for the Nebraska soccer team now is to beat Iowa and spoil their chance of going to Indy in the championship game against the victorious East. I’m totally fine with this idea. Indeed, if coach Mickey Joseph can win against Iowa, it will make up for a lot of other things that have happened in the last five years. And if it keeps Iowa from going to Indianapolis, I won’t lose sleep over it.

That last game is always tight and usually to the hilt. I hope the day before’s celebration catches Husker’s offensive coordinator Mark Whipple and reminds him that a winning combination of any production is sticking to the tried and true. Just like a turkey and mashed potatoes, Whipple should call the equivalent of football – running plays and short passes. It’s really okay to get 3 yards a play instead of panicking and having to throw it deep. My math isn’t great, but 4 times at 3 yards each time = a 1st down.

On the plus side, it looks like Huskers QB Casey Thompson has another chance to run for his life from a tough defense and play on Friday. I hope he spoils us with 3 touchdowns and the kicker can pin the rest. It was exciting to watch him this year. Thank you transfer portal.

Iowa hasn’t changed. They love to run with the ball, they have good defense and their pesky special teams seem to create their own scoring chances.

Christmas is just around the corner, so here’s part of my wish list, Santa Claus. I want Nebraska football to be flawless and not its own worst enemy. I want Garrett Nelson to get a fumble-caused dismissal. I want Rahmir Johnson to score a quick touchdown. I want special teams to get everyone in Nebraska to stand up and shout good things. I want the O Line to be great. I mean if I want to do it B1G.

After all, I’d be remiss if I didn’t say THANK YOU to Coach Mickey Joseph. Watching him over the past few months has been refreshing. He mentioned at his last press conference that it was a “joy to return to Nebraska.” He said he would “not trade those memories.” Having his smile, energy and amazing character out there every week was a PLEASURE for this fan (and many others I suspect). It was written this week that this is a better Huskers team than when it was acquired. How could it not be? But I think we ALL are better when we have him on top. Thanks for trusting him, Trev. The next Huskers head coach should be just as epic.

There won’t be much room in the fridge for jello shots this week, so I made a dip out of some of the leftovers. Mix 8 ounces of cream cheese with 2 cups of shredded white cheddar cheese. Fork out a can of cranberry sauce, the one with berries in it, or use the leftovers from the day before. Place in an ovenproof, non-stick square dish and then in a 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes. Be careful of the edges so they don’t get too brown. Finish the top with a little more cheddar cheese and put back in the oven to make it gooey. It will not take long. Serve with bread, pita chips or crostini. Enjoy!

It’s been a long and bumpy ride this season. There’s a new trainer on the horizon. (Tick tock, tick tock) There’s no off-season in Nebraska Football Country. I’ll do my best to like whoever takes over next. And I will continue to do my part as a fan and cheer for them in the spring and then again next fall. But first, Huskers, hit Iowa!

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