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Saturday night football

Just before the kickoff of the Nebraska-USC game on ABC, we were treated to a low-angle shot from behind the Trojans' kicking team. Long shadows on green grass, set against a stadium filled with red-clad fans. If ever a moment said college football, that was it.

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But soon enough we were reminded of the brutality of the game. Though it was replayed just once, the gruesome image of USC running back Ryan Powdrell's broken leg was hard to erase, especially seeing his foot turned past 90 degrees in relation to his knee.

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We were told Nebraska cornerback Andre Jones had guaranteed victory. What does that even mean? Is he giving up his scholarship because the Cornhuskers lost? Or he'll wear a cheerleader's outfit on the plane ride home? Or he'll be taking biochemistry next semester? The victory guarantee has become the most meaningless boast in sports.

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If you watch TV long enough, you'll see everything. Case in point: Snoop Dogg teasing to a breakdown of "Separation Saturday" by Brent Musburger and colleagues. Musburger and Snoop, followed soon by Flavor Flav joining Dick Enberg.

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Speaking of Musburger, here's his take on the ineffective West Coast offense run by Nebraska: "You have to ask yourself, which West Coast? Australia?"


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