Nebraska had the most dominant run in college football in the past forty years. Between 1994 and 1997 Nebraska won three of four national championships. It’s really astounding that a school in the middle of Bumfuck Nowhere could even field a competitive Division I team, but Nebraska was on top of the world in the mid-nineties.
Their dominance and downfall coincided with Nebraska joining the Big 12 conference. The Big 12 conference killed Nebraska, and they will never win a football national championship again. Their national championship teams of the nineties were built on what were then called Prop 48 athletes. Most conferences allowed schools only one or none of these so called non-qualifiers. Nebraska built their team with these people and also gave scholarships to in-state athletes that wanted to play football at Nebraska. It was called their walk-on program. The Prop 48 athlete is now a thing of the past. Supposedly, every team now operates form the same sliding scale, so athletes from Florida and Texas and California no longer have to go to the desolate children of the corn fields of Nebraska to play football unless they can’t graduate from high school. Therefore, Nebraska is reduced to offering scholarships to 11 Texas high school running backs for next year’s recruiting class. Hell, even TCU wouldn’t just throw offers out like that.
Not only did Nebraska build their teams with athletes that couldn’t get in anywhere else outside of Louisville and Fresno State, they allowed them to stay on the team with multiple legal infractions including dragging young women by the hair down staircases. This points directly at Tom Osborne. He was lenient on his team because his team consisted of Prop 48 athletes that shouldn’t have been in college in the first place. He needed to protect them because he knew they were incapable of college work and dragging a woman down the stairs by her hair was normal to them. Remember, most of these athletes, and they were great athletes, were recruited by Nebraska and maybe some school like Fresno State. Most universities would not accept more than a couple of the key players on Nebraska’s championship run. Most schools required their players to at least have an SAT score.
Last year, Nebraska was pathetic. They went 2-6 in conference and in non-conference games had lucky wins against Ball State and Wake Forest. The team would give up if they trailed by anything. This led to the dismissal of savior Bill Callahan and the hiring of Bo Pellini. Usually, a team with the recent success of Nebraska wouldn’t take a gamble and hire a coordinator as their head coach. But, after Bill Callahan drove the program into the ground, Nebraska was desperate to try anything. Everyone outside of Nebraska knows that the reason for their recent failures is that they are located in Nebraska and that they can no longer admit players that can’t get into 100 other Division I schools.
To my knowledge, there’s never been a good looking woman attend the University of Nebraska that didn’t get beat up by a football player. I don’t know this for a fact, so please correct me if I’m wrong.
In non-conference play, Nebraska plays four home games, and should win at least half of them. They play Baylor killers San Jose State, the Aggies of New Mexico State, and Western Michigan. They should win two of those three games. They will get destroyed by Virginia Tech in Lincoln on September 20th. They face Texas Tech in Lubbock and Oklahoma in Norman and Baylor at home for their games against the south. They will lose two of those games and the Baylor game is a tossup. Deathburger predicts that Nebraska will beat Baylor for their only Big 12 win. They will finish 3-9 for the season. New coach Bo Pellini will be under fire after only one season.
On offense, Nebraska has Marlon Lucky, Joe Ganz will control the backfield, but the receivers are a weakness and teams will concentrate on the run. Defensively, Nebraska has a decent line but needs to find some linebackers. The main thing about this team is that they just gave up in games they trailed last year. Maybe Bo can change this. Maybe he can’t. Deathburger predicts a humiliating loss to Iowa State and a team that follows the Callahan tradition of quitting in tough games.
This will be a down year for Nebraska. The challenge for the Cornhuskers will be to pass Iowa State and not be the worst team in the north. They seem to be way behind every other team in the north. The will never finish consistently above Colorado in the north as long as Colorado stays in the conference. A good goal for Nebraska will be to competitive with Kansas State over the next few years and remain above Iowa State in the standings. The problem is that Iowa State appears to have hired a better coach.
Scott Frost and Tommy Frazier were two of the greatest quarterbacks to play college football since 1990. Tom Osborne is temporarily running the show in Nebraska under different rules than when he could assemble dominant teams. Johnny Carson and Warren Buffet attended Nebraska. Nebraska’s overall sports programs used to be the best in the Big 12, but now they are mired in mediocrity. Nebraska is now an afterthought in Big 12 championship discussions, and they probably won’t win another football championship in the next 30 years.