In just over a month, the college football season will be in full swing with the Nebraska Cornhuskers much-anticipated arrival in the Big 10. Nebraska has a 39-6 record (.867) against current Big 10 teams since 1962, with 11 victories and only one loss since 1985 (a 40-7 blowout suffered at Penn State in 2002). However, the team only has a record of 78-68-9 (.532) against its 11 new conference rivals all-time. Nebraska's school record against its slate of Big 10 opponents in 2011 is 64-56-5 (.532) with winning records against Michigan State (5-0), Iowa (26-12-3), Northwestern (2-1), and Wisconsin (3-2), and losing records against Penn State (6-7), Minnesota (20-29-2), Michigan (2-3), and Ohio State (0-2). The Cornhuskers also have a winning record against Illinois (7-2-1) and losing records against Indiana (7-9-3) and Purdue (0-1).
Much has been made about Charlie Crist's political transformation from Republican to independent to Democrat en route to winning the Florida GOP and Democratic gubernatorial nominations over a span of eight years. Party-switching aside, Crist is also vying to become just the second Florida governor to serve two interrupted terms. Democrat William Bloxham was the first - serving four year terms from 1881 to 1885 and then 1897 to 1901. Florida did not permit governors serving consecutive terms for most of its 123 years prior to changes made in its 1968 constitution. Since then four have done so: Democrats Reubin Askew, Bob Graham, and Lawton Chiles and Republican Jeb Bush.
Defeating his Tea Party primary challenger Milton Wolf with just 48.1 percent of the vote, Pat Roberts narrowly escaped becoming the first elected U.S. Senator from Kansas to lose a renomination bid in 100 years. The last - and so far only - elected U.S. Senator to lose a Kansas primary was one-term Republican Joseph Bristow in 1914. Bristow was defeated by former U.S. Senator Charles Curtis who went on to win three terms before becoming Herbert Hoover's running mate in 1928. Only one other U.S. Senator from the Sunflower State has lost a primary since the passage of the 17th Amendment: Sheila Frahm in 1996. Frahm was appointed to fill Bob Dole's seat earlier that year and finished 13.2 points behind Sam Brownback in the three-candidate primary field. Overall, incumbent senators from Kansas have won 29 times against two defeats in the direct vote era. (Curtis also lost a primary in 1912 to Walter Stubbs, one year before the nation moved to direct elections).
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