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Nebraska Cornhuskers news: A reason for confidence with Jeff Sims, plus volleyball wins state title



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Aug 31, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Jeff Sims (7) hands the ball off to running back Rahmir Johnson (14) during the second quarter against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Huntington Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

Why Nebraska football fans should be optimistic about Jeff Sims this weekend, plus the Nebraska Cornhuskers rolled in volleyball.

We are now just two days away from Nebraska football vs. Colorado. It’s going to be a fun game and the eyes of the college football world will be on Boulder.

I know Alabama and Texas go head-to-head on Saturday, but this game could rival that for the most-watched. Steve Spurrier even said Nebraska-Colorado was a bigger game.

Whatever the case, the hype is real and Folsom Field is going to be rocking on Saturday, hopefully, with a Sea of Red like the last time.

As far as Nebraska football’s chances of winning. The Huskers are a 3.5-point underdog, but they match up well with Colorado and do have a path to victory. Yet, the Huskers will need a better effort from quarterback Jeff Sims who had three interceptions in his Nebraska debut.

However, on that front, there’s a reason for optimism regarding Sims. Zack Carpenter did some digging on Sims and found that he had just one three-interception game in his career. That came against Tony White at Syracuse.  Sims threw four interceptions in that game.

It’s how Sims responded that should catch your attention. He accounted for 313 yards and tossed three touchdown passes the next week with zero turnovers.

Honestly, I don’t see Nebraska throwing the ball nearly that much. They’ll want to control the clock as much as possible, but Sims will need to make plays and at least he has a history of bouncing back from a bad game.

Nebraska Cornhuskers volleyball team wins state title

The Huskers squared off against in-state rival Creighton on Wednesday night in a battle of ranked teams at the Devaney Center. To their credit, the Blue Jays were the first team to take a set off the Huskers this season, but Nebraska won in four sets by the scores of 25-9, 25-13, 23-25, and 25-20.

With the win over Omaha, it makes Nebraska volleyball the champion of the state. That’s one nice goal to achieve. The next are winning the Big Ten championship and the national title, which is totally possible this season for the fourth-ranked Huskers, who have an incredible amount of talent.

Freshman Bergen Reilly had her first double-double on Wednesday night with 42 assists, 11 digs, and two aces. Merritt Beason led the way for the Huskers offensively with 17 kills, seven digs, and three blocks. Lindsey Krause was also stellar hitting .478 with 12 kills and three blocks.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers had a 52-42 advantage in kills. Freshman standout Harper Murray added 10 for Nebraska, which improved to 6-0 on the season. Next up is Long Beach State on Saturday at 7 p.m.

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Chris has worked in sports journalism since 2005 writing for multiple newspapers and websites such as the Bleacher Report and Fansided before starting Husker Big Red, A fan site for hardcore followers of the #Huskers offering articles, podcasts, videos and more exclusive content on all things Nebraska