Trying to hum that popular tune from '83

2013-07-20T09:54:00Z 2013-07-20T10:59:13Z Trying to hum that popular tune from '83By BRIAN CHRISTOPHERSON JournalStar.com

Tim Beck obviously is a man with great confidence about his offense heading into this fall.

Nebraska's offensive coordinator recently joined Twitter (@NU_speed_kills). And I have to say the coach has caught right on, already proving to be an interesting follow.

These tweets from Wednesday particularly caught my eye:

"Hard to believe 30 yrs ago - 1983 - THE Scoring Explosion took place in Lincoln - EARTH (Rozier), WIND (Gill), and FIRE (Fryar). Best ever!" Beck tweeted.

Then he brought it to the present with his next tweet.

"30 yr reunion. Getting the 'band' back together to honor '83 Scoring Explosion : EARTH (Abdullah), WIND (Bell), n FIRE (Martinez)."

That might seem like a lot of pressure to live up to. But then, when is there not pressure involved with Husker football?

While Nebraska fans wonder and concern about what the defense will look like, the popular belief seems to be that this offense should fly very high. So expectations are going to soar whether you want to put nicknames with this year's 'O' or not.

And considering Nebraska enters this season with a headline player at QB, RB and WR on what happens to be the 30-year anniversary of "The Scoring Explosion," those comparisons are going to be inevitable.

I also don't think it's out of line.

Recently, I made a preseason list of my Top 20 players in the Big Ten. I wanted the most true list and looked up and down the rosters of all the teams. After doing so, I legitimately believe there are four Nebraska offensive players in that Top 20.

With media days set to begin in Chicago on Wednesday, here's a revisit of that list again: Click on a player in the picture gallery here and you can read a summary about why they were ranked where they were. 

Most of the players on the list will be the headline makers in Chicago:

20: Jordan Hall, Ohio State RB

19. James White, Wisconsin RB

18. Spencer Long, Nebraska OG

17. Kain Colter, Northwestern QB

16. Isaiah Lewis, Michigan State S

15. Cody Latimer, Indiana WR

14. Kenny Bell, Nebraska WR

13. Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin WR

12. Ra'Shede Hagemen, Minnesota DT

11. Venric Mark, Northwestern RB

10. Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State CB

9. Allen Robinson, Penn State WR

8. Ryan Shazier, Ohio State LB

7. Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska RB

6. Max Bullough, Michigan State LB

5. Bradley Roby, Ohio State CB

4. Chris Borland, Wisconsin LB

3. Taylor Martinez, Nebraska QB

2. Taylor Lewan, Michigan OT

1. Braxton Miller, Ohio State QB

These lists are so subjective and are meant to be debated. But I suspect most would have has Beck's "Earth, Wind and Fire" in at least the Top 14 like the one above.

That list also has Ohio State and Nebraska tied with four players on it, which is fitting I suppose. Those are my two preseason picks to win their divisions and play in Indianapolis.

More on that tomorrow.

We'll keep stuff coming to get you ready for Chicago.

In the meantime, hang tough. List season is almost in your rear view. In six weeks: RVs in the parking lots, pounding drums, a new carpet, a football game.

Reach Brian Christopherson at bchristopherson@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. Follow him on Twitter @HuskerExtraBC.

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