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Holiday Bowl: Washington vs. Nebraska

This game seems familiar, like we’ve seen it before. We have? Right, back in September — I remember now. Didn’t Nebraska take Washington behind the woodshed? I believe the final score was Cornhuskers 56, Huskies 21… or something along those lines. Well, hot dog, this was a game I was simply dying to see replayed. Thank goodness for those wise bowl committees; without them, I’m not sure if I’d even know what to think. See, before I heard that the Holiday Bowl would be a rematch, I thought the earlier date between these two teams was one of the ugliest, least exciting games of the season. I must have been wrong. Why else would the Huskies and Cornhuskers meet again?

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    Locker Gets His Mulligan

    We can pinpoint the moment when Jake Locker’s Heisman candidacy went up in smoke. Already flimsy, his quest for national hardware took an unsurvivable blow on the third Saturday of the season: Nebraska 56, Washington 21. It wasn’t merely the final score that sent Locker to the back of the line, but the ease with which Nebraska made the perceived top N.F.L. draft pick look ordinary, pedestrian — if not worse. When the dust cleared, Locker was left holding one of worst quarterback lines of the 2010 season: 4 of 20 for 71 yards with a pair of interceptions.

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      A Most Unhappy Holiday (Bowl)

      Washington hosted Nebraska in September. The Cornhuskers return the favor next September. In between, the two will meet in next week’s Holiday Bowl. Three games in a calendar year? I suppose there’s reason for each program to be upset about this development, though one — Nebraska — has a bigger gripe than the other. Washington wants another shot at the Cornhuskers; the Cornhuskers just want to get to the Big Ten, sooner rather than the later, putting the final chapter in a messy divorce behind them.

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        The Countdown

        A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.