Nebraska football tailgate Week 7: Buckeyes come to Lincoln

(Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
(Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images) /

Nebraska football fans haven’t had a lot to cheer about this season, but a big upset win over Ohio State could make up for that.

Last week wasn’t easy to stomach for Nebraska football fans, but it wasn’t all bad when you realize it was only 17-24 in the 4th quarter. It was like dinner at the in-laws. You have to go through it, you may have some good stuff, it usually doesn’t end well, and you’re glad when it’s over. There were still some positives that came out for the Huskers.

On to this week and Ohio State. I won’t call it “the.” That’s pretentious. And Oklahoma State was “OSU” before the Columbus gang put it on swag. I guess you can kind of tell that I’m not an Urban Meyer fan. I’m not a fan of OSU fans particularly either based on some unfriendly experiences. They can be pretentious too.

However, I’ve met a couple that I can handle but that has more to do with the fact they’re good people despite their team loyalty. All kidding aside (Trey & Josh), Buckeye fans should come experience our hospitality. Everyone has a great time at our Husker tailgates!

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I’ll admit it wasn’t easy to find my words this week. I don’t think there is much tailgate cooking with a buckeye and that leaf that looks like it’s still only used for “medicinal purposes.” But it’s fall and that means cooler temperatures, pumpkin flavored stuff, and apples everywhere.

No, I’m not going to pumpkin you only because it’s a night game this week and pumpkin is for morning coffee. A 6:30 pm kickoff and the game will be on FS1 for those of you who won’t brave a little rain and cooler temperatures in the lower 60’s. Bring your layers and your rain poncho.

During fall apples are as abundant as Wisconsin rushing yards. (sorry, those things need to get out of my gray matter) I found some amazing dips to take some of the healthy out of it for my Husker tailgate. My favorite is Peanut Butter Apple Dip from allrecipes.

1 cup peanut butter

1 cup brown sugar

1 (8 oz) cream cheese package, softened

1/4 cup milk

Mix all of it together in a bowl until smooth. Chill it and serve it with sliced apples. Don’t forget to toss the cut apple slices in lemon juice to prevent browning or soak them in ginger ale. Another tasty apple dip involves Cool Whip. Check it out here.

Speaking of Ginger Ale, it’s one of the ingredients in my Husker jello shooter for Saturday. I’m calling it the “Shot in the Dark.” I was inspired by how I describe our chances for a win this week. I’m tossing in a little intrigue too. Much like a rainy, slippery field kind of twisty intrigue that may even some things out on the playing field.

Photo by Kelli Anne,
Photo by Kelli Anne, /

I closed my eyes and grabbed a liquor and decided to go with it. I grabbed Rum! My Shot in the Dark is 1 package dark cherry Jello (sugar free of course), 1 cup ginger ale, and 3/4 cup of Rum. Heat up the ginger ale and mix with the jello. It will foam up a bit so be patient as you stir. Stir in the rum and pour into shot cups and chill.

We will learn a lot about the Huskers on Saturday. I already know they won’t quit. I already know they will return yards on the punt from Ohio St. (they haven’t had that happen yet this year). And I already know the tailgate will be epic. We ALWAYS win there!

I have friends in town from Wisconsin, Columbus, and Virginia. Be kind to the visitors, bring munchies for the tailgate and leave with a thank you for your hostess. Most of all GO BIG RED!

Don’t forget to hit me up on Twitter with photos or recipes from your tailgate @Kelian_NE.