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Creighton’s late-season surge not surprising to Erstad

Nebraska coach Darin Erstad had three firsthand looks at Creighton’s baseball team this year, which is why he’s not surprised to see the Bluejays playing in the NCAA tournament.

“The formula’s been pretty well set in stone,” he said. “If you can pitch and play defense — which they can very well — whoever gets hot swinging the bats in tournament time is going to be successful. … That’s a good combination for winning in the postseason.”

Regional play begins today. The Bluejays (26-28) visit No. 2 national seed UCLA at 9 p.m. The Bruins (42-14), like Erstad, are well aware of Creighton’s recent hot streak (read Steven Pivovar’s preview story).

The Huskers won two of three against Creighton this year, but NU’s …

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Recruiting: Spring meeting helped sell Rose (again)

There was one point in the recruiting process when linebacker recruit Michael Rose remembers he was seriously uncertain about whether Nebraska was the right choice for him.

It was some time in March last year, after the Huskers had announced their revamped defensive staff — most notably in Rose’s mind, hiring Ross Els to coach the linebackers.

Basically, Rose had lots and lots of questions. “I was just like, ‘What is going on?’ ”

So on the day of the Red-White spring game, he sat down with Els in the linebacker position room. They talked about Els’ background. About Xs and Os. About defensive philosophy. About Rose’s skill set — positives and negatives. Els never gave Rose any guarantees.

It was what Rose needed.

“Me …

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Pigskin Pulse, Nov. 14

We’ll have a somewhat abbreviated version of the Pigskin Pulse on this Monday as we inch closer to the start of coach Bo Pelini’s weekly press conference.

Before that begins, here are a few links to check out…

>>> Sam McKewon, in his Monday Husker Rewind, said Nebraska was the perfect opponent for Penn State, considering the emotional nature of last weekend’s game.

>>> Dirk Chatelain kicked off his Brunch Bites Monday by detailing the five different possible endings to the Huskers’ regular season (and the likely bowl destinations based off those scenarios).

>>> Nebraska’s focus is on Michigan, but the Huskers have to keep one eye on Michigan State going forward. The Spartans are standing in the way of a Big Ten

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Pigskin Pulse, Nov. 4: Examining Burkhead’s consistency

Rex Burkhead carried the ball 35 times against Michigan State last weekend and never had rush longer than 13 yards. Only twice was he stopped behind the line of scrimmage.

My colleague Dirk Chatelain wrote about Nebraska’s ground game earlier this week, comparing it to last year — the total yardage averages are similar, but the Huskers have gone from a hit-or-miss attack to a grind-it-out, wear-you-down approach.

Why? Better O-Line play? Or better blocking schemes? Or better play-calling? … Maybe it’s just Burkhead.

Chew on these numbers: Burkhead has 165 carries this year. He’s been tackled behind the line of scrimmage 11 times (once per 15 attempts). Just five of his carries have gone for more than 20 yards, which is probably the biggest …

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Conference realignment: Is Missouri about to play the SEC’s fool?

The University of Missouri could be on the verge of making a stupendous mistake of impatience, borne out of a handful of university and state leaders wanting to wipe egg off their face from last year’s Big Ten debacle with a move to the SEC, a league that has neither the academic pedigree nor the competitive atmosphere suited for such a starchy Midwestern institution.

Mizzou in a ditch fight with SEC programs who embrace cheating and slippery ethics like a favorite uncle? The Tigers’ so-so fan base traveling to South Carolina, Georgia and Auburn? In trade for what? A little more TV money? Long-term security?

See, this is how powerful people get. They beg for one thing — the Big Ten — get shut down …

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Pigskin Pulse, Oct. 6

We burrow into another day of the Pigskin Pulse!

>> Bo Pelini was tenacious and unrelenting at Ohio State, practically running the defensive meetings because he knew it so well. Dirk Chatelain offers a portrait of a guy who was smart and hard-headed even in his college days, winning an argument with Ron Zook — yep, that one — to get a starting job.

>> Enjoy our Big Ten Preview with Lee Barfknecht — this week with two extra Big 12 bonus games!

>> Our Big Red Today show breaks down the Nebraska-Ohio State game. The Buckeyes’ defense is doing just fine despite a 3-2 record this season.

Now on to more college football news:

>> Fresno State’s Derek Carr won’t take down a Boise …

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