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How Lincoln Riley’s hot USC start impacts Nebraska, Urban Meyer

Former Ohio State and Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer is once again drawing pleas from a desperate college football fan base — this time from Nebraska. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

The day’s biggest headlines were written Saturday morning in America’s heartland before a minute of football had been played, when a confluence of unfortunate events led to a rowdy crowd of Nebraska fans feeding the ever-hungry ego of college football’s most controversial iconic former head coach.

“We want Urban!” they chanted toward the smug and smiling Urban Meyer, who had his back to the adoring throng on the set of Fox’s Big Noon Kickoff weekly pregame show in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Like everything that happens in the sport these days, some of this scene was simply made-for-TV. Even the Fox crew egged on the Big Red faithful, who entered Saturday’s meeting with old rival Oklahoma still reeling from their team’s loss to Clay Helton’s Georgia Southern Eagles a week prior. The result triggered the immediate firing of Nebraska alum Scott Frost.

But some of the love showered upon Meyer, the former national championship-winning coach at Florida and Ohio State, was also very real. They. Do. Want. Urban. Despite all of his past issues — and the inevitable baggage that comes with him.

Why?

If you found yourself confused, it should have started to make more sense as the rest of Saturday’s slate unfolded — especially how it ended, with Lincoln Riley’s No. 7 USC Trojans methodically putting down one of the most ferocious underdogs out there — the Fresno State Bulldogs — 42-17 in front of a national audience.

In just its third game under Riley, USC was cold in its precision, which, of course, is exactly what it paid for last November when it pried Riley out of Oklahoma in the dead of night.

The Trojans, who will…


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Author : LA Times

Publish date : 2022-09-18 11:30:04

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