World-Herald staff writer Jon Nyatawa identifies five things we learned (and five things we still don’t know) coming off Nebraska’s 38-17 loss to Iowa. Get full coverage of the game on Omaha.com/bigred.
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FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED
1. Nebraska’s players love their head coach. Support for Bo Pelini within that locker room continues to be strong.
2. It’s difficult to surprise an opponent with a fake punt when that same opponent had just called a timeout to discuss the possibility of the fake.
3. Michael Rose is going to have fun playing against these pro-style Big Ten offenses for the next three years.
4. Ball security is still an issue for Ameer Abdullah. A fatal flaw for an otherwise dominant workhorse.
5. Just because there’s a trophy at stake doesn’t mean it’s a rivalry. Nebraska-Iowa needs more juice.
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FIVE THINGS WE STILL DON’T KNOW
1. Judging, fielding and securing punts is not easy. But why hasn’t Nebraska managed to find an answer at that spot?
2. Did NU place too much faith in its receivers this season? So many times, those guys were asked to make unbelievably brilliant catches in traffic.
3. What’s the ceiling for Vincent Valentine? He won’t run over linemen every single play, but he could be a game-changer.
4. How different would this season have unfolded with a healthy Taylor Martinez? NU could have used some big plays to overcome the miscues.
5. Is Nebraska destined for a future filled with mid-range bowls and occasional Big Ten title runs? What’s the program’s realistic potential?