…Last Football Game of the 2016 Season on Friday!…
We hope everyone has had a wonderful Holiday season so far…the one thing that could make it even better is a Husker win this Friday against the Tennessee Volunteers in the Music City Bowl!
The Huskers have a tall order this Friday as they face a good 8-4 Tennessee team that has been hot and cold this season. In some ways the Volunteers season has been very similar to the Huskers…some really good play mixed in with some not so good play. Tennessee’s biggest struggles have come on defense where during the last 3 games of the season, Tennessee gave up an average of over 600 yards per game.
These defensive struggles may come in handy for a beat up Husker offense. Although the starting QB has not been determined, it appears Ryker Fife will start because Tommy Armstrong is still fighting his hamstring injury suffered in the Minnesota game. In addition, Jordan Westercamp will miss this game due to an injury suffered during a practice earlier in December.
The Husker defense has its own challenges going up against a potent Tennessee offense that averages 437 yard per game. The Husker defense will be playing without their star safety Nathan Gerry who was deemed academically ineligible for the bowl game.
The Husker coaches are confident that other players will be able to step up and fill the holes left by some of the starters. One nice thing about all the injuries this past season, some of the backups have gotten a lot of playing time so they should be prepared to fill in.
Statistically, Tennessee is the better team on offense and Nebraska has the edge on defense. Tennessee looks to be the better team on special teams as they are ranking in the top 20 in punting, punt returns and kickoff returns. With the exception of kicking, Nebraska special teams have struggled all season long. The Huskers poor special teams performance lead to the firing of the special teams coach shortly after the Iowa game and that work is now being done by Riley and others.
If the Huskers can win their bowl game, it will give them their best record in 13 seasons. Can they do it? Join us at Dukes and find out. Bring some friends and help us fill the house!
Friday, December 30th Watch Party
Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Tennessee Volunteers
Game Coverage Begins at 12:30 PM PST
After the Iowa game, the Huskers dropped to #21 in the coaches poll, #24 in the AP poll and dropped out of the College Football Playoff poll. Heading into the contest with Tennessee, the Huskers are 6-7 point underdogs. As I mentioned above, with some of their stars out of this game, several guys will have to step up in order for the Huskers to win, but Riley has a great record in bowl games. Just look at last year when UCLA was favored over the Huskers. I’m hoping for another one of those games!
We hope you can join us Friday, December 30th at Duke’s…doors open at 11:30 AM.
Duke’s will be offering a variety of lunch items. Arrive early for good seats! Families with children are welcome, however OLCC rules dictate that minors may not remain if a game goes beyond 9 PM.
That’s all for now…look for another message soon and Go Big Red!