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2013 our schedule is easier. That doesn't mean we will be better. I fear that fans will continue to be totally content with bo and this program not taking the next step in recruiting or on the field because probably in 2013 we will look better record wise we should be better cuz no Wiscy or Osu. But I don't really know if we will be better we just play worse teams.
Bo needs to prove himself now. He is in year 5 and should get the credit this whether good or bad. Yes tough schedule but other teams have tough schedules.
This post was edited by Scooby 21 months ago
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Normally the 5th year I would agree is put up or shutup. Not in this situation and for all the reason you would expect me to come up with. Mostly though the conference transition. It affects how we recruit and where our players fit into how we play our schemes on offense and defense. This doesn't take time to transition....?
BTW, completly agree with you on 2013 SOS. We will look better simply because of the schedule. I do believe the team will be improving though.
This post was edited by beardown2489 17 months ago
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Yes, fans should be fairly content with Bo and the program, because it's still winning 70% ofit's games, and it has played for Conference Championships two of the last four years.
Will we win the NC? Probably not any time soon, but it's much easier to make the jump from a 9-3 or 10-2 season than from 5-7 or 7-6.
Will we win B1G Championships? Yes, but we will no longer dominate the conference like we did when Oklahoma was the only real opposition.
Will we get back to the Nineties? Highly unlikely, as the circumstances were uniquely situated for the Huskers. Those circumstances no longer exist.
So what if the schedule is easier in 2013? If they win the conference they'll have won the conference.
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Thanks for correcting. It seemed to me that the Spartans had a real heavy duty month of Oct last year whereas the Huskers caught a break at a very good time.
Everyone's schedule gets easier in '13 when you consider PSU is about to fall off a cliff.
Both MSU and Nebraska add IL and Purdue instead of tOSU and Wisconsin. With PSU being crap, Nebraska's cross-over game gives them 3 mediocre Leaders opponent. MSU keeps IU also giving them 3 weak opponents.
This is really where Michigan's protected rivalry with tOSU comes back to bite them. They have PSU and IU, 2 games they should win, but tOSU in year 2 of Urban Meyer should be pretty darn good. Whereas I'd expect Nebraska and MSU to sweep their Leaders opponents, UM could well go 2-1. That gives MSU - Nebraska essentially a leg up on the Wolverines.
Same thing in '14.
I have to say, I do like divisional play. Makes the schedules VERY interesting.
Michigan State does not and will not run the 3-4 defense.
Yea, same rough Oct. for MSU, though Nebraska's 2-game stretch vs. Wisky and @tOSU is no picnic either.
The silver lining is that IF MSU survives the Oct. stretch, it sets them up very well for the Big 10 title game. The last 3 weeks are BYE, Northwestern, @Minnesota. Dantonio has Fitzgerald and Northwestern figured out and Minnesota, though improving, is still a bad team. All in all, it looks like a 3 week period where MSU can rest and get healthy for the CCG . . . if they don't already have 3 Big 10 losses at that point
Nothing irritates more than when someone tells Nebraska fans that its not the 90s and we should curb our expectations. Duh, of course it isn't the 90s. That's a once-in-a-lifetime dynasty for any program. I'm not asking for another dynasty. I don't think anyone with a decent IQ is. Just the opportunity to finally see Nebraska be relevant on the field and in the polls again. You don't have to be a dynasty to achieve that. You just have to be good.
Hey DA, I agree with a lot of what you've said here.
Are you saying that a 9-4 record is bad? He shouldn't have said that" Nebraska is back and we're here to stay" but to me a 9-4 season is pretty good. I would prefer a 13-0 record but that may be beyond our reach for the next two seasons but we'll get their very soon.
There was a contingent of fans that said the same thing about Tom Osborne heading into his 5th year. After the season he interviewed with Colorado.
...It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to.
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Just think how badly that would of turned out for the huskers if TO had actually left the program.
A 9-4 year again may be a pain for you guys, but given the schedule, would still be pretty solid. I don't see Nebraska as heads and tails above MSU, Michigan, tOSU or Wisconsin . . . but none of those games are definite Ls for the Huskers either.
Big 10 title this year is really more of a "first amongst equals". I think those 4 schools above + Nebraska are all "9-3" quality teams this year. I don't think a single one is elite nationally. The Big 10 champ will likely be 10-2, with probably a fluke bounce or two making the difference in the season.
Andy Staples likes this thread. When being asked about Wisconsin's chances of winning the Leaders division, he just interjected that it'd be either Michigan or Michigan State playing them with no consideration of NU, in a definite manner in which our team wasn't even an option. Kind of pissed me off.
We all know opinions are like ______, but I hope this team uses everything as motivation.
This post was edited by coolsig3 21 months ago
You know what Sccoby, I don't care about downvotes.
If you don't like my opinion then tell me.
Quite the contrary, Blits, a large percentage of fans that came of age during that run in the Nineties actually think that Nebraska should be able to return to that level, if only we get the right head coach.
This completely ignores the realities of recruiting as compared to the late Eighties and Nineties, and the fact that it's much harder to win in today's expended conferences.
Nebraska will be in the running for the division title, and the conference crown this year, next year, and very likely for the foreseeable future, barring the occasional dip after a large crop of talented Seniors graduate.
We have to be prepared for these fluctuations in record every four to five years. That is the current reality of CFB. Few teams have the requisite talent to ride over such fluctuations. Yes,I wish the Huskers were one of those teams, but the reality is we're not. Not anymore.
I like this comment almost as much as your wall decorations.
9-4 is bad when 3 of the losses are blowouts on Nat'l TV and the 4th is to a ballclub that you had better talent than but were outcoached. THAT's when 9-4 is bad.
There are what--100 D-1A CFB programs? And top 20% would be in top 20. Well, the Huskers are there but just barely per the end of the season. Upper echelon would be Top 15 IMO. Nebraska was 9 spots behind Nevada-Reno for Pete's sake. (Oh for dedication to the Pistol offense but that's another thread sometime by someone.)
I hope you're right DA. It'd be real nice to see the boys win a trophy of relevance.
No. We have to prove we belong in discussions about contenders. Until we do, we are right were we should be. We need a chip on our shoulders anyway. You have to earn it. We win, we will get discussed plenty.
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Humble and Gopher in the same day? Is it Christmas?
In point of fact, there are 120 D-1A programs, and that 20% would put them in the top 24, which they have been the last for years.
That leaves one hundred other programs that wish they were as good as Nebraska has been.
Am I satisfied with that? Hardly, but I am realistic, and I do understand the reasons why we haven't been able to crack that top ten/fifteen consistently. I have talked ad nauseam about those reasons, so it's a waste of time to get into them here.
I do think most of those reasons have been addressed, especially on offense. It remains to be seen if the issues on defense from 2011 have been resolved. There are simply a few too many questions that remain. We'll find out this year.
I expect no less than a 9-3 regular season mark, but am expecting at least a 10-2 record,which may or may not be good enough to make it to the CCG. Assuming we do get there, I would fully expect the Huskers to win the B1G, but that's a big if.
Others may not believe it, but my predictions for the regular season the last two years have been right on the mark; ten and nine wins. The post-season has been disappointing both years, but post-season play is frequently unpredictable.
As I said, originally, we are being overlooked. I'm not saying, and have never said, we should be the division favorite.
Far from it. Michigan earned that appellation for their play last season, and MSU probably deserves to be seen as the top contender. However, I think MSU is being overvalued, based on their last two seasons. The problem with that is that they lose so much on offense, I can't imagine how they'll be able to repeat that success this year.
Spartan fans can talk about how their Junior QB is as good as Cousins - really? - or that their WRs and TEs are just as good, but until they show it, the questions are valid.
Just as questions about Nebraska's defense are valid until they show up.
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