So how do you guys really feel about Huskers coming to town?

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So does Formo post over here anymore? Met him at a tailgate in Nebraska years ago, met quite a few good Minnesota fans as they were invited to our tailgate, our only complaint was you guys ate all of our homemade chocolate chip cookies. Wisconsin and Iowa fans suck but that just me preaching to the choir.
Now I feel like I need to bring some cookies tomorrow AM… 😂😂
 

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For a large state with only 1 FCS football team, the Tigers have an inexplicably poor following. They hold the attention of their state about as much as Illinois does in IL (small regional interest rather than statewide), except there is actually significant population in Central Illinois.
I would assume that, in both cases actually, it really has not much more to do with a long history of losing. Probably also coupled with KC and STL (and Chicago) being strong pro team markets.
 

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Nebraska was in 4 "national championship" games in 5 years winning three of them. I should have included Miami, Florida State is close to that (might have been included), and Tennessee is no where near that level.
The period you cite is 1993-97.

Two things:
1) it wasn't until the following season (1998) that the BCS started and thus were guaranteed #1 vs #2 matchups in bowl games, and
EDIT: importantly, there was still a Bowl association prior to the BCS, which was trying to accomplish the same thing, and it had all the big conferences at that time - including the Big Eight - but just lacked the Big Ten and PAC-10, who finally joined in 98 and made it the BCS -- so actually I have to concede this point as invalid, for the most part

2) the first three seasons of this period (93-95), Nebraska was still playing in the weak Big Eight. And actually, the pickup of the Texas schools for the last two seasons ultimately mattered little save for losing to Texas in the conf champ game in 96.


So let's look at these seasons:

1993 - went 11-0 with a fairly weak schedule, facing only two ranked teams during the regular season: Colorado in Boulder (CU was actually very good in the early 90's, I give the B8 credit for that) which they won by 4, and OU in Lincoln which they won by 2 TDs. End regular season #2 and happen then to play #1 Florida State in the Orange Bowl. Fair enough, though they lost.

1994 - went 12-0 with a tougher schedule, vs #24 West Virginia played at the Giants (NFL) stadium, and at home vs #13 UCLA. At #16 K-State, and got #2 Colorado in Lincoln. OU down that year. Most of those were nice wins. Played #3 Miami in the Orange Bowl. They would've had to play Penn State for an actual title game. But they were given the #1 ranking by the voters.

1995 - went 11-0, no ranked teams in non-conf, for conf games had #8 K-State at home, went to #7 Colorado, and got #10 Kansas (oh hey, Mason) at home. Ended up playing #2 Florida in the Fiesta bowl. Agree this was a real natty.


1996 (Big XII) - actually, their only loss during the regular season was at #17 Arizona State. Had at #16 K-State and home vs #5 Colorado. Maybe could've still made the natty, but they lost in the Big XII champ game to Texas. So ended up #6 after beating #10 VT in the Orange Bowl.

1997 (Big XII) - won at #2 Washington in Seattle, great game obviously, then home vs #17 K-State was their only ranked regular season game. Beat #14 Texas A&M in the Big XII champ game. Then beat #3 Tennessee in the Orange Bowl. The AP voted #1 Michigan as national champs (not surprisingly, this was also their last national title, like Nebraska), while Neb had to settle for the lower Coaches poll #1 spot. So I don't even necessarily recognize this title, as they would've probably lost to Michigan.



After going through this exercise, I admit I have more respect for it than I thought I would going into it.


But I still hold that this is not some special feat.

Nebraska benefited massively here from having a very weak conference schedule, which included Oklahoma being down for the last 4 of these 5 seasons. They only had to get up for a handful, at most, games per year.

And of course we know how openly they bent rules or outright cheated. Steroids, and who knows what else. Using players that would not be allowed in today's rules.


I highly doubt they survive these years so cleanly with a 4-team playoff of the top 4, at the end of each year, as well.
 

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But we can see that this period, is entirely what their fanbase, and indeed the rest of the national college football media, who just can't give up their romantic fascination with Nebraska, are living off of.

Coming up on 30 years ago ...
 



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I don't think they believe they deserve elite status, but there are some who won't settle for anything less, but that's their problem IMO. Not sure why it bothers others so much - if they want to be miserable forever that's fine.

There are plenty who turn their nose up at a school like ours, which is annoying, but whatever.
I don't think most Nebraska fans expect a return to 70's-90's Nebraska. I think they want to be a Wisconsin/PSU type team. They recruit well enough to settle in there. The issue for the last while has been horrendous player development under Riley. Frost seems to have taken the Fleck approach though and went very young early on.
 

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Nope, I don't think the W/L record has much to do with it at all. I hate Badger fans way worse than I hate Ohio State fans, or Michigan fans, etc. I think most Gopher fans have memories much further back than the Fleck years.

Yeah, exactly. You're posting another reason why Gopher fans SHOULD treat Nebraska fans more cordial than Iowa fans. They didn't do steal our goal posts, Iowa fans did. You know the ones you were saying we should hate as much as we hate Iowa?

I hate Iowa fans and Wisconsin fans more and I always will. I did when I was in college (and we had success against Iowa) and I will regardless of how we do against Nebraska.
Badger fans, and Iowa fans to a slightly lesser extent, are their own category of awful.
 

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This, obviously, is the Gophers most important game of the year.
1. It is PJ's championship week.
2. We have so many questions about who we are. Beat Nebraska and we are gonna win the West.
Lose to Nebraska and the car salesman crowd gets all frothy with I told you so's.

Did they "fix" the offense best they can with Sanford over the bye?
Will we score points on offense or have to rely solely on turnovers to stay close?
Is there something going on behind the scenes with a mid season transfer, complete melt down versus Bowling Green and other hmm's? Or is it just the nature of a roller coaster season?

Big game. Lots of questions. The results will help determine what direction it feels like the Gophers are heading.
 

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This, obviously, is the Gophers most important game of the year.
1. It is PJ's championship week.
2. We have so many questions about who we are. Beat Nebraska and we are gonna win the West.
Lose to Nebraska and the car salesman crowd gets all frothy with I told you so's.

Did they "fix" the offense best they can with Sanford over the bye?
Will we score points on offense or have to rely solely on turnovers to stay close?
Is there something going on behind the scenes with a mid season transfer, complete melt down versus Bowling Green and other hmm's? Or is it just the nature of a roller coaster season?

Big game. Lots of questions. The results will help determine what direction it feels like the Gophers are heading.
If the Gophers win this game, everything (other than the national championship) is still in play for the rest of the season. They can beat teams like Maryland, Illinois and Northwestern and the games vs. Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa just got a lot bigger. If they lose - they will be fighting for a 6-6 type season and a shot at a very mediocre bowl game. It is actually a very big game for them.
 



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This is Nebraska's best team since Pelini - solid, physical, much better on defense (may give Morgan fits) and Martinez may be the best dual threat QB in the nation and can make big plays out of nothing. Gophers have been inconsistent, lackluster in MAC games, lost top two running backs, are last in the B10 in passing, and generally a question mark - play-calling also sub-par. Huskers should win by a couple of touchdowns unless Gophers can run (with 3rd and 4th stringers) and play their best game of the year so far. Nebraska has had much tougher competition, so stats don't mean much. Their Oklahoma, MSU and Michigan games were impressive and made the statement that they are back.
 

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I see a lot of similarities between what Husker fans are experiencing now to what Gopher fans experienced in the late 70’s through the early 90’s.

Baby boomer Husker fans recall the years of Devaney and Osborne the same way the Greatest Generation remembered Bernie Bierman and Murray Warmath at that time.

Some circumstances that are responsible for these programs cycling out of their dominant phases are ever similar. Some are very different.

One thing is certain though: whoever is dominating college football in 2052 will not be whoever it is today. Not only will the game be unrecognizable, but football fans under 50 will probably be laughing loudly at elderly Oklahoma, Clemson, Alabama and Georgia and Ohio State fans for thinking they should be competing for national championships again.
 

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This, obviously, is the Gophers most important game of the year.
1. It is PJ's championship week.
2. We have so many questions about who we are. Beat Nebraska and we are gonna win the West.
Lose to Nebraska and the car salesman crowd gets all frothy with I told you so's.

Did they "fix" the offense best they can with Sanford over the bye?
Will we score points on offense or have to rely solely on turnovers to stay close?
Is there something going on behind the scenes with a mid season transfer, complete melt down versus Bowling Green and other hmm's? Or is it just the nature of a roller coaster season?

Big game. Lots of questions. The results will help determine what direction it feels like the Gophers are heading.
PJ Fleck gave the Bowling Green away on a couple of poor coaching decisions.
 

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This is Nebraska's best team since Pelini - solid, physical, much better on defense (may give Morgan fits) and Martinez may be the best dual threat QB in the nation and can make big plays out of nothing. Gophers have been inconsistent, lackluster in MAC games, lost top two running backs, are last in the B10 in passing, and generally a question mark - play-calling also sub-par. Huskers should win by a couple of touchdowns unless Gophers can run (with 3rd and 4th stringers) and play their best game of the year so far. Nebraska has had much tougher competition, so stats don't mean much. Their Oklahoma, MSU and Michigan games were impressive and made the statement that they are back.

0-3 makes a statement that they are back? Dokay.
 




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Hey guys, been a while, not a whole lot to post about, my team has had it's struggles these last few years but how does everyone feel about this game?
Great after the first half.

please let us know officially when he’s melted!
 

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I’m sure it’s been said but any enemy of Iowa is a friend of mine. Welcome.
 


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Well, that didn't go so well. I'd like to think we left A LOT of points on the field but then again if could have would have he should have. It seems we find new ways to lose every week, not taking anything away from you guys, but a 4 year starter running back into the end zone and THEN throwing it away? That's not how he's coached and he should have more poise as many starts as he's had... he was calmer vs Michigan. Good game, you guys looked to play a good clean game, congrats and beat Iowa and Whiskey
 

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Well, that didn't go so well. I'd like to think we left A LOT of points on the field but then again if could have would have he should have. It seems we find new ways to lose every week, not taking anything away from you guys, but a 4 year starter running back into the end zone and THEN throwing it away? That's not how he's coached and he should have more poise as many starts as he's had... he was calmer vs Michigan. Good game, you guys looked to play a good clean game, congrats and beat Iowa and Whiskey
Class post.

Sincere questions for you. Im not trolling.

Does Frost survive the season?

Also do you want him to Survive the Season?
 

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Well, that didn't go so well. I'd like to think we left A LOT of points on the field but then again if could have would have he should have. It seems we find new ways to lose every week, not taking anything away from you guys, but a 4 year starter running back into the end zone and THEN throwing it away? That's not how he's coached and he should have more poise as many starts as he's had... he was calmer vs Michigan. Good game, you guys looked to play a good clean game, congrats and beat Iowa and Whiskey
I hope Frosty and Martinez figure things out going forward and win out! Do us a solid!!
 




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This, obviously, is the Gophers most important game of the year.
1. It is PJ's championship week.
2. We have so many questions about who we are. Beat Nebraska and we are gonna win the West.
Lose to Nebraska and the car salesman crowd gets all frothy with I told you so's.

Did they "fix" the offense best they can with Sanford over the bye?
Will we score points on offense or have to rely solely on turnovers to stay close?
Is there something going on behind the scenes with a mid season transfer, complete melt down versus Bowling Green and other hmm's? Or is it just the nature of a roller coaster season?

Big game. Lots of questions. The results will help determine what direction it feels like the Gophers are heading.
We are in the Big Ten West race!
 



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Class post.

Sincere questions for you. Im not trolling.

Does Frost survive the season?

Also do you want him to Survive the Season?
I dunno, we brought in Trev Alberts as AD and as another former player understands Frost's position and expectations as well, the buyout is our least problem. Who would want the job? It's a tough nut to crack but in the very least I would expect changes for our OL coach and maybe our QB coach, neither seem to deliver. I just want the team to play a disciplined 4 quarter game.
 


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I dunno, we brought in Trev Alberts as AD and as another former player understands Frost's position and expectations as well, the buyout is our least problem. Who would want the job? It's a tough nut to crack but in the very least I would expect changes for our OL coach and maybe our QB coach, neither seem to deliver. I just want the team to play a disciplined 4 quarter game.
Good luck the rest of the way. Beat Iowa!!!
 





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