Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead has already missed one game this season due to a sprained MCL. Most likely, he will miss at least one more.
On Thursday, coach Bo Pelini said that Burkhead was doubtful for this Saturday’s game in Lincoln against Arkansas State. The concern, Pelini explained, was bringing his star running back before he was ready.
“I would say right now he’s doubtful,” Pelini said. “I want to make sure he’s absolutely 100 percent before put him back there. But you know, he’s camping at the bit to get out there. We’ll just see how the next 48 hours play out.”
The senior back suffered the knee injury in Week 1 during a win against Southern Miss.
The Cornhuskers have had no problem running the ball without Burkhead. In a 36-30 loss to UCLA, Nebraska rushed for 260 yards with both Ameer Abdullah and quarterback Taylor Martinez eclipsing 100 yards in the game. If Burkhead misses another game — heck, even another one against Idaho State — it’s no big deal. The concern is the Cornhuskers defense and Arkansas State has been averaging almost 600 yards a game through the first two weeks.
(Hat tip: the Journal-Star)
Turns out Steve Spurrier isn’t the only iconic college football figure to retire this week.
Texas announced Tuesday evening Bevo XIV has been diagnosed with bovine leukemia and has been retired to his pasture, effective immediately.
Bevo XIV missed Saturday’s stunning upset of then-No. 10 Oklahoma with what the school called a “life threatening” illness, and rumors circulated around the internet this week he had passed away.
Bevo XIV officially hangs up his horns with a 106-41 record with two national championship appearances.
There is no word at press time on a possible debut of Bevo XV.
Urban Dictionary defines “Clemsoning” as “the act of an inexplicably disappointing performance, usually within the context of a college football season.”
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was asked about the phenomenon following the Tigers’ destruction of Georgia Tech Saturday and promptly went off. The question, asked by ESPN’s David Hale, was in reference to Swinney’s program shaking the label – Saturday marked Clemson’s 34th straight win over an unranked opponent – but Swinney didn’t see it that way.
Armed with some new facts (Clemson SID Tim Bourret noted 50 teams have fallen as ranked opponents to unranked foes since the Tigers last did so on Nov. 19, 2011), Swinney again targeted the “Clemsoning” label.
“I think it’s an agenda. It’s just bias,” Swinney told the Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier Tuesday. “People are uneducated. They’re just ignorant and lazy because they’re not looking at the facts. If they did, they’d be focused on other schools and not Clemson. They’d be dialed in on what Clemson has done. There aren’t three other schools in the country as consistent as Clemson, in all aspects.”
I hate to break it to you, Dabo: you are absolutely correct, but the term, as they say, has been coined.
Just go beat Florida State, beat South Carolina, win the ACC and win a national title and maybe Urban Dictionary will delete that pesky page out of a sign of respect.
Also, No. 5 Clemson hosts unranked Boston College on Saturday. This would be a very, very unfortunate time for the Tigers to suffer an upset.