Tom's Takes: Enjoy and smile, Nebraska is tied for first place in Big Ten West

by 24USATVOct. 2, 2022, 5 a.m. 21
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1. Go ahead, I said it. Celebrate the moment. Nebraska is tied for first place in the Wild, Wild Big Ten West. The Huskers are 1-1. There are seven league games left. There are no declarations or predictions to be made. The West is not overwhelming, NU did not overwhelm Indiana. The Huskers have five games left against the West and three of those at-bats will be at home. At one time I thought some of the Westies would be able to line up and route the Big Red. None of them looked like that today. It's one day. Take a screenshot of the standings. Enjoy. Smile.

2. The blocked punt that led to a touchdown was such a welcome development. I immediately thought of Barron Miles. That used to be such a weapon for Nebraska. It's such a momentum play. You know, you'd think see more of that in the Big Ten with so much punting. It's not like people are busting big returns every game. The big punt return has seemingly gone away. Maybe more punting means better protection. Anyway, kudos to NU's staff for seeing a flaw in the Indiana protection and going for it. That was a big deal.

3. Indiana, which entered the game averaging 407.5 yards per game and 28.8 points, had 290 yards and 21 points. Good effort by the NU defense. And was the tackling better, or my imagination?

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