Samuel McKewon covers Nebraska football for the Omaha World Herald. He joined me on the radio show to talk about Mike Riley and the Nebraska-Oregon football game in Lincoln, Neb. on Sept. 17.
Said McKewon: “”Everybody has circled that game because it’s personally important to Riley.”
On how Riley’s first season was received in Lincoln:
“Nobody is happy with 6-7 at Nebraska. I think there there was going to be some natural transition between Bo Pellini and Mike Riley, but I don’t think anybody was expecting 6-7 … it’s a big year and the schedule is actually harder this season than it was last season because Oregon is on it, Ohio State is on it… that Oregon game is big.”
On the facilities comparisons between Oregon State, Nebraska and Oregon:
“There was so much money being poured into Oregon that wasn’t being poured in to Oregon State. Mike makes a great point — it wasn’t just the facilities. It was the facilities combined with Chip Kelly. And let’s be honest, anybody in college football could have hired Kelly… Oregon State could have hired that guy. Nebraska could have hired that guy, but didn’t… I think he would concede that Oregon deserves credit. Not just for what Chip Kelly did, but for recruiting Marcus Mariota… nothing fancy brought that guy to Oregon. It was just good scouting.”
On what the biggest football question Nebraska faces is:
“First question is, what are they going to do on the defensive line? Two of their top defensive lineman declared early for the draft… they basically have to replace a complete starting four on the defensive line. There’s the number one question: What the heck are they going to do there?”