One of the new panelists on the 2009 Harris Interactive Poll, commissioned by the BCS (Bowl Championship Series), is also one of its most uniquely qualified voters.
He is, after all, former Nebraska All-America quarterback Tommie Frazier, who finished second to Eddie George in the 1995 Heisman Trophy voting.
Frazier is uniquely qualified because he led the Huskers to back-to-back national championships and was arguably the Most Valuable Player in three consecutive national championship games.
In his new role on a panel of former players, coaches, administrators and current and former media who are committed to ranking college football teams each week, Frazier is staying closer to the game than he ever has.
This week, he shared with Huskers.com his views about Saturday's regional telecast involving top 20 teams Virginia Tech and Nebraska in Blacksburg, Va.
Frazier talked about Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech's dual-threat junior quarterback, and what kind of problems he presents to Nebraska's Blackshirts.
He mixed the term Bo Ball into his discussion of Beamer Ball, which describes the style of Frank Beamer-coached Virginia Tech teams.
Frazier also described what he thinks are the keys to the Nebraska-Virginia Tech game.
All of that is included in a short highlight of our 7-minute interview with Frazier.
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Frazier will provide periodic updates on his college football views with HuskersNside throughout the season.