Bo Pelini, Nebraska's new head coach, embraces tradition and understands how much the state's identity is wrapped up in football. As ESPN.com's Elizabeth Merrill writes, he's landed in Lincoln to a warm reception.
Arizona State entered its first Pac-10 test with an unblemished record and plenty of skeptics. After a convincing second half, the Sun Devils retained their perfect record and may have gained a few believers.
Nebraska fans ask for very little -- 10-win seasons and respect. Under Steve Pederson and Bill Callahan, they received little of either. But Tom Osborne's return harkens back to the good ole days of Nebraska football.