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Join hosts Jake Sorensen and Steve Sipple of the Lincoln Journal Star for our morning Husker sports show.

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    • Oct 26, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
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    • 2,077 EPISODES

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    The Spillover with Connor Happer & Mike Schaefer

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 11:05


    -Do you guys have any idea why Nebraska opened as a 7-point favorite against Purdue? -Did you watch Saints/Seahawks last night on Monday Night Football? Show sponsored by GANA TRUCKING  

    Robin Washut (Husker Online) / Shut Up Sipple (sponsored by Bagels & Joe)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 19:47


    -We have actual basketball TOMORROW (well, an exhibition)…what are you watching for in Peru State/Nebraska? -How do you properly assess expectations for Bryce McGowens? Could it take him a while to get comfortable? What about Breidenbach? -Is there a player that you think will surprise in a good way this year? Show sponsored by GANA […]

    Lance Leipold (Kansas Head Football Coach)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 24:12


    -The concept of moral victories is not one that coaches like…but what's the takeaway after a close loss to Oklahoma? -What does hanging in a game like that til the end do to a team's confidence the rest of year? -Have you ever seen a play like what Caleb Williams did in stripping the ball […]

    Texas Tech fired Matt Wells despite him being 5-3 this season so far!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 8:17


    -Wells is 13-17 overall at Texas Tech, but the Red Raiders blew the game in the 2nd half on Saturday in losing to Kansas State and falling to 5-3. Seems a bit odd, right? -Also, SONG OF THE DAY (sponsored by Sartor Hamann Jewelers) Show sponsored by GANA TRUCKING

    Rick Kaczenski (Former Nebraska/Iowa DL coach)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 14:55


    -There are 2 outcomes this Saturday for Nebraska football; what's the response from the team for either? If they lose, a bowl game is pretty much all but out of the equation -What do you think is going through Trev Alberts' head as we enter the final 4 games of the year? -Frost said yesterday […]

    Updates from the podium on Monday show a starting safety will be out and what else?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 32:20


    -Scott Frost said that Deontai Williams will be back sometime this season but it won't be on Saturday….as Nebraska tries to find ways to stop David Bell and company -As Frost pointed out, Purdue gave the ball away 5 times against Wisconsin and doesn't expect that to happen again. -Nebraska had their best full performance […]

    The Spillover w/ Connor Happer & Mike Schaefer

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 11:56


    -Jake's anti-jinx worked for the Braves! First World Series appearance since 1999 -Highlights of the bye weekend were…?? Show sponsored by GANA TRUCKING

    Does anyone find it odd to see Nebraska as big of a favorite as they are against Purdue? / Shut Up Sipple (sponsored by Bagels & Joe)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 16:03


    -We just mentioned last segment of things that are going well for Nebraska but things that are not going well, too -A 7 point favorite for Nebraska? Purdue just throttled Iowa 2 weeks ago…this seems steep Show sponsored by GANA TRUCKING

    The Journal Star laid out exactly what Nebraska has to do on the field to get to a bowl game…can they do it?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 22:48


    -Parker Gabriel wrote a great article that actually had many surprising stats, like Nebraska having the 2nd most offensive yards per game in the B1G (477.5 ypg); 2nd in conference play in scoring per game (30 ppg); and the third-best red zone scoring rate in the conference (63.2%) -A big thing: Nebraska leads the B1G […]

    NFL Week 7 Winners and Losers

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 11:17


    -Oh, no—it's 6 straight losses for Jake's Dolphins. But they aren't the biggest losers this week! -Also, SONG OF THE DAY (sponsored by Sartor Hamann Jewelers) Show sponsored by GANA TRUCKING

    A look around the B1G shows that Ohio State is on an absolute roll

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 11:04


    -Look at the Buckeyes—they had zero test from Indiana in a 54-7 win on the road. -Also, 9 OTs for Penn State/Illinois?! And…Illinois WON?! -Also—Sip was watching Purdue/Wisconsin…what happened to the Boilermakers? Show sponsored by GANA TRUCKING

    Jake spent the bye weekend witnessing what was almost one of the greatest upsets in college football history

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 35:54


    -No Husker football this weekend? No biggie—there was still football to be watched, and Jake saw it in Lawrence, Kansas, with the Jayhawks owning a 10-0 halftime lead and pushing Oklahoma to the end -The atmosphere was bizarre and the game was incredible—Jake has stories for listeners -Also, Nebraska, at 3-5 on the season, opens […]

    The Spillover w/ Connor Happer & Mike Schaefer

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 11:40


    -How do you intend to spend your non-Husker football bye weekend? -What games of interest do you care about in the sports landscape this weekend? Show sponsored by GANA TRUCKING

    Lee Sterling (Paramount Sports) / Shut Up Sipple (sponsored by Bagels & Joe)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 19:29


    -Ohio St (-20  ) vs. Indiana -Michigan (-23') vs. Northwestern -Ravens (- 6' ) vs. Bengals -Chiefs (-4') vs. Titans -Falcons (-2'  ) vs. Dolphins -Iowa St (-7) vs. Oklahoma St Show sponsored by GANA TRUCKING

    Gerry DiNardo (Big Ten Network)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 28:00


    -Wisconsin/Purdue tomorrow…if Purdue wins, do they become the favorite to win the West? -Is this the year Michigan beats Ohio State or will the Buckeyes still hold serve? -What is your read on Scott Frost in Lincoln? 15-25 so far through 40 games but losing all close ones this year.. Show sponsored by GANA TRUCKING

    Derek Bombeck (Lincoln Convention & Visitors Bureau)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 9:00


    -Zombie Hunt, PBR at PBA, and Boo At The Zoo -Also, SONG OF THE DAY (sponsored by Sartor Hamann Jewelers) Show sponsored by GANA TRUCKING

    Let's take a look at this weekend's B1G football slate…what's the interest level?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 8:48


    -Not a great slate of games, with Wisconsin at Purdue being the game of most interest -Also, Northwestern/Michigan; Illinois/Penn State; Maryland/Minnesota; and Ohio St/Indiana -Also, Jake is going to Lawrence tomorrow for Oklahoma/Kansas, because why not? Show sponsored by GANA TRUCKING

    Do you approach the Husker bye week with relief of avoidance of a potential gut punch or sadness because you can't watch Husker football?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 34:22


    -There are optimists and pessimists in every phase of life. Jake and Sip are curious about where fans are at as we approach the bye weekend tomorrow. -Are you sad you can't watch Husker football this weekend or relieved that you don't have to sit through another potential gut-punch loss? It's probably an interesting mix […]

    The Spillover w/ Connor Happer & Mike Schaefer

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 9:05


    -Broncos/Browns tonight in Cleveland…the Browns are a mash unit right now…don't the Broncos have to win to earn some actual respect? -Baseball update…? Show sponsored by GANA TRUCKING  

    Mike Schaefer: Part 2 / Shut Up Sipple (sponsored by Bagels & Joe)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 17:21


    -It sounds like Frost wants to take more transfers in this next class, is that the way you think they need to go? -Expert projections have Nebrasketball 12th or 13th so far out of 14 in B1G play…is there an expectation for this season that they are more competitive than that? Show sponsored by GANA […]

    Mike Schaefer: Part 1 (Sponsored by Trek CBD)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 26:28


    -If you were convinced about Scott Frost being able to get it done at Nebraska following the Michigan loss, do you stand the same after the Minnesota loss? -What's the appropriate response to Nebraska losing Hayden Schwartz from their 2022 recruiting class? -At this point, after Purdue's rout of Iowa, who is going to win […]

    Rick Hamann's (of Sartor Hamann Jewelers) Song of the Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 10:19


    -What's next on Rick's ‘Hidden Gems'? Will Sip get trivia right? Show sponsored by GANA TRUCKING

    Bill Bender (The Sporting News)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 13:56


    -Nebraska is 15-25 under Scott Frost and 3-5 this season…what kind of hot seat do YOU have him on? -Is the B1G Ohio State's for the taking this year or is someone else going to get in their way? -How close to Georgia is Alabama this year? How much better is Georgia than everyone? Show […]

    Scott Frost addresses PJ Fleck's comments and also discusses recruiting plans going forward

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 32:46


    -Frost spoke yesterday and said he hadn't heard the Fleck comments yet and thinks Nebraska's culture is pretty strong and also said that Minnesota has good talent -Also, Frost hit on a pretty important thing when talking about recruiting, saying they really want to focus on more guys that are ready to play vs. younger […]

    The Spillover w/ Connor Happer & Mike Schaefer

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 10:00


    -NBA season started last night and has a full slate tonight…what's your interest level? -Anything learned yesterday from Nebrasketball media availability? Show sponsored by GANA TRUCKING   

    Parker Gabriel (Lincoln Journal Star) / Shut Up Sipple (sponsored by Bagels & Joe)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 10:38


    -If Nebraska doesn't beat Purdue in 2 weeks, does the dam just break in November or do you think this team still fights to the end? -With the loss of Hayden Schwartz's commitment, how would you describe Nebraska's momentum in recruiting right now? -Who is going to win the Big Ten West after the Purdue […]

    If you were Trev Alberts right now, how would you assess Husker athletics?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 30:46


    -Alberts told ESPN for the Michigan game that he was committed to Scott Frost, but then the Minnesota game happened. You do have to wonder what would happen if the dam collapses on this season in November -Also, what about Husker basketball? What exactly do we think Trev thinks of that program? Does he believe […]

    MAILBAGGGG!!! Your questions, our answers

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 9:48


    -As always, email your questions for Sip & Jake to earlybreak937@gmail.com or twee them -Also, SONG OF THE DAY (sponsored by Sartor Hamann Jewelers) Show sponsored by GANA TRUCKING   

    Sean Callahan (Husker Online)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 11:55


    -Is Nebraska closer to getting over the hump, or closer to the dam collapsing on the season? -When you're 5-17 in one-score games, how do you just all of a sudden fix that? Or is that who you are? -Hayden Schwartz decommits from Nebraska…do they have any momentum at all in recruiting? Show sponsored by […]

    Nebrasketball met with the media yesterday…do you drink the Kool-Aid or have the past few painful seasons taught you your lesson?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 33:46


    -There's a lot of belief from fans that this season might be good for Nebraska, but it hasn't been so far through 2 seasons of Fred Hoiberg. Yet, with the general uptick in recruiting, that might be why he gets a pass -That's where we ask, what if Nebraska is where KenPom projects of 13th […]

    The Spillover w/ Connor Happer & Mike Schaefer

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 10:16


    -If Cincinnati is No. 2 right now and they go unbeaten, they can't be left out of the playoff, right? -Nebrasketball is projected 12th or 13th right now in the B1G…what are you expecting? Show sponsored by GANA TRUCKING

    Robin Washut (Husker Online) / Shut Up Sipple (sponsored by Bagels & Joe)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 18:08


    -Early projections are out and have Nebrasketball 12th and 13th in the B1G this year….are you expecting that? -Nebrasketball target Simeon Wilcher commits to North Carolina…did you think he'd end up here or not? -Bryce McGowens is being projected already as a first round pick…what can we expect from him this year? Show sponsored by […]

    The biggest thing going against Scott Frost is that it is NOT a talent issue at Nebraska

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 23:38


    -Think about the conversations we had after Oklahoma and the other games this year, how Nebraska proved the talent is good enough to hang but they just aren't winning -When the talent's not good enough, it is on the coaches for poor recruiting, but also on the players for not being good enough -When the […]

    If Cincinnati is No. 2 right now in the nation, how could they get left out in the College Football Playoff if they go unbeaten?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 10:05


    -The thing with UCF a few years ago was the fact they never got that high in the polls—if Cincinnati is seen right now as a Top 2 team in football, they CAN'T be left out if they go unbeaten, right? -Also, SONG OF THE DAY (sponsored by Sartor Hamann Jewelers) Show sponsored by GANA […]

    Rick Kaczenski (Former Nebraska/Iowa DL coach)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 13:46


    -Is Nebraska closer to a breakthrough or to the dam completely breaking badly? -Can you blame a lack of luck for all these close losses or what's the biggest issue? -Can people expect things to change in terms of closing out games next year and beyond? Show sponsored by GANA TRUCKING

    As we assess the rest of season and the future, is it possible for a coach who has been bad in one-possession games to automatically resolve those issues?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 31:17


    -Say what you want about Nebraska, but they have been close in all their losses this year. Frost is now 5-17 in games decided by 8 points or less at Nebraska, which is an incredible amount of the games he's coached -What changes in a bye week or one month or an offseason to help […]

    The Spillover with Connor Happer & Mike Schaefer

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 13:05


    -What kind of clarity do we have, if any, about Nebraska football for the rest of season? -Any NFL/college football revelations over the weekend of action? Show sponsored by GANA TRUCKING

    You know what makes it really hard to get to 6 wins? Not being able to make kicks / Shut Up Sipple (sponsored by Bagels & Joe)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 17:27


    -The kicking game is so weird. Culp makes a 50-yarder early, and then misses an XP, a 27-yard FG, and barely makes his 2nd XP. -The little things still matter in close games. And Nebraska still can't rely on kicking. Show sponsored by GANA TRUCKING

    So…..a bowl game is going to be really hard to now…how do we assess the expectation?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 24:18


    -Nebraska can lose one more football game if they want to make a bowl game. And 2 of those games will be against Top 5 teams on your own home field. Good luck -Even if they let Nebraska get in at 5-7, it doesn't feel like they deserve it with 6 being the qualifier -They […]

    Jake's NFL Week 6 Winners and Losers

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 10:10


    -Who looked good and who flamed out? Tune in to find out… -Also, SONG OF THE DAY (sponsored by Sartor Hamann Jewelers) Show sponsored by GANA TRUCKING

    We didn't have most of the big names playing this weekend in the B1G…but how were the results?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 9:18


    -Jake thought that Iowa/Purdue would be close…was he right? -Also, Michigan State/Indiana was a pretty ugly game (not surprising)… -Did Army push Wisconsin at all or not? Show sponsored by GANA TRUCKING

    No one makes it look harder to win a football game than the Nebraska Cornhuskers

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 34:59


    -Nebraska had a poor first half, trailing 21-9, but then dominated the 3rd quarter, but only scored 7 points in it. One drive stalled at the one inch line, and another one ended with a missed 27 yard field goal, and then a safety was taken, and the pain continues -They were close in other […]

    The Spillover w/ Connor Happer & Mike Schaefer

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 10:03


    -Happer and Schaefer are both headed to Minnesota this weekend…where does it rank on their favorite B1G road trips? -Any chance of a Kentucky upset at Georgia on Saturday? What about Purdue against Iowa? Show sponsored by GANA TRUCKING

    Lee Sterling (Paramount Sports) / Shut Up Sipple (sponsored by Bagels & Joe)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 19:51


    -Iowa (-11') vs. Purdue -Michigan State (-4') vs. Indiana -Nebraska (-4) vs. Minnesota -Dolphins (-3') vs. Jaguars -Chiefs (-6) vs. Football Team -Oklahoma (-13') vs. TCU Show sponsored by GANA TRUCKING

    Jay Moore (Former Husker/NFL DE)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 19:30


    -Nebraska's defense had some issues with Michigan but has been great the rest of the season so far…what's been the biggest reason why? -This team is too good to NOT make a bowl game…right? -Are you expecting a close game on Saturday against Minnesota or a comfortable win? Show sponsored by GANA TRUCKING

    Aging Gracefully (sponsored by Carriage Glen Independent Living 55+)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 10:46


    What's on Sip's mind this week in how to age gracefully? –Contact Carriage Glen today at (402) 484-5113 to set up a visit -Also, SONG OF THE DAY (sponsored by Sartor Hamann Jewelers) Show sponsored by GANA TRUCKING

    Some marquee names aren't playing this week in the B1G, but could we still see some possible carnage?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 11:44


    -No Ohio State or Michigan on this weekend's B1G schedule…but is anyone on upset alert? No. 10 Michigan State plays Indiana at 11am…could be a sleepy environment and a trap game? -Also, Jeff Brohm is 3-1 against Iowa as Purdue's coach, could the Hawkeyes be in for a tough game? -And don't forget Army at […]

    Jake expected a close game against Northwestern and was wrong…are listeners expecting a comfortable win tomorrow against Minnesota?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 32:10


    -Sip predicted a blowout win for Nebraska over Northwestern and he was right—Jake thought it would be close, he was wrong -Sip has thought the whole week that Nebraska may win by 10 or more, and Scott Frost said Thursday that the team is ready and will pour everything into the game -The offense was […]

    The Spillover w/ Connor Happer & Mike Schaefer

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 11:49


    -Mike and Connor are both going to the game on Saturday…where does Minneapolis rank on their favorite road trips in B1G play? -Bucs/Eagles tonight…what's your interest level? Show sponsored by GANA TRUCKING

    Mike Schaefer: Part 2 / Shut Up Sipple (sponsored by Bagels & Joe)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 16:35


    -What do you tell people that are concerned about the current recruiting class? -How do you think Nebraska should approach numbers of transfer portal players to take? Show sponsored by GANA TRUCKING

    Mike Schaefer: Part 1 (sponsored by Trek CBD)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 24:18


    -Is Nebraska the 2nd best team in the West and is it close or not? -As we assess this team, do we see All-B1G level players and NFL-level talent? -Who is the best team in the B1G? And is Georgia team in the country for sure? Show sponsored by GANA TRUCKING

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