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|1 day 3 hours ago||Ah yes, the eternal "Is 9-4 acceptable at our program?" question||
Well, 9-4 every year won't win many conference titles and no NC's, but it's a 69% winning record. Michigan is 73% all-time and Nebraska is 70%, so its hard to say its unacceptable or even below the standard.
This is discussed all the time on Nebraska boards, with fans pretty split. Guess it depends on how much you value consistency over titles. We Husker fans certainly feel like a few titles are overdue, but we've seen droughts in the past and have been in several conferance championship games in our "down" period.
Personally, I'll take 9-4 every year as the standard and titles when we get them without falling on my sword....as long as its not too long in between. GBR!
|1 week 5 days ago||Bo Pelini came out of the tunnel walk||
with Bo Pelini's Cat
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Weird factoid...strange days||
0 teams from Illinois or Indiana, 2 teams from Nebraska…….wouldn’t have ever predicted that!!
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Well, we're kinda more of a||
football school you see
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Nebrasketball||
has never won a NCCA tourney game. Ever.
Yes, a tourney bid would be a big deal.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Thanks for the shout out...I'm here for||
No Sit Sunday
|6 weeks 6 days ago||As a Nebraska fan, I'm fine with it||
What do we have, the 3rd best record in conference play since joining? And playing the hardest schedule, plus transitioning to a new conference.
Played for a B1G title once, contended for the division all three years, have scoreboard or split against eveyone except Wisconsin. And played for and barely lost 2 conference titles before joining the B1G.
Would we prefer 11, 12, 13 win seasons, BCS bowls and national championships? Sure. But only a handfull of other programs in all of CFB have strung together at least 9 wins as long as Bo has. When 9 win seasons are your program's "down" period, that's how you end up as one of the all-time winningest programs.
All after our own disasterous RichRod period with Bill Callahan. It's not easy finding another Tom Osborne or Bo Schembechler. Therein lies the problem - one UM fans have struggled with as well since the Bo S era.
I know there is a split in both the Husker and Wolverine fanbase over whether this is "good enough" and "up to XXXX's standards", but I'm cool with it.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||I think most of us Husker fans are expecting a loss in AA||
Both teams are pretty evenly matched, you are very tough at home, and as I mentioned on another thread, half our starting offense is out with injuries, including Martinez, all-American lineman Spencer Long, and all-B1G receiver Kenny Bell.
Our D is talented but very young, so inconsistent. Getting better. One thing they've done well is get turnovers, so we're looking to get some more against DG.
Though you deserve to be favored, Nebraska has a lot to play for. For some reason we've had State's number and we play them at home. So a sweep of the Michigans would likely mean the Legends title for us.
Funny how similar the negativity, "can't settle for mediocrity" and "fire the coach" thinking on this blog mirrors Nebraska forums. I happen to think it's overblown as far as Pelini.
Anyway, may the best team win, next time we meet might be in a B1G title game.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Huskers have 6 1st string Offense players out with injuries,||
including Taylor Martinez and all-American lineman Spencer Long and all-B1G receiver Kenny Bell. Taylor has injuries to foot, shoulder, and hip and has been playing hurt since the opener, so we've using our 2nd and 3rd string QB's most of the season. No excuses, that's football, but all in all, 6-2's not bad.
Our D is very talented but very young, so inconsistent. Getting better. One thing they've done well is get turnovers, so hopefully that continues against DG.
Yes, most Nebraska fans expect a loss in AA ( and did in preseason even when handicapping at full strength), but the team is still playing to win the division and Michigan we know won't lay down because they're Michigan. Should be an exciting game, wish I could attend.
Also, appreciate the sportsmanship on this thread about Martinez being out, I expected no less from Michigan fans.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||As a rival fan, I can only say||
he was fantastic and fun to watch. Wow!
We'll have to shut him down somehow on 11/9
|26 weeks 4 days ago||You nailed it||
but I also presume to think UM fans hearts are with the D as well.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||Bring it on,||
always fun competing against you guys.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Michigan fans: heed this cautionary tale:||
To this Nebraska fan, most comments and attitudes here are eerily similar to some of our own equally proud and demanding fan base.
And I suggest you calm down, step away from your blue kool-aide and look at things differently.
Huskers fans are in a froth over a coaching staff that took over a storied program that was run into the ditch, and since then in 5 seasons has played in 3 conference title games, been one of only a handful to win at least 9 games, and played in a bowl each year. But some doubt the staff and want firings over occasional tough loses, lack of conference titles, etc., and yearn for the days of their beloved program-defining coach because "it's not up to ______ standards"
|31 weeks 1 day ago||I just meant Lloyd seems unappreciated by many UM fans||
considering he won so many games. And seemed like many were glad to see him go. Always found that puzzling. Maybe I'm wrong about that though.
If Bo can produce the same body of work during his career that Lloyd did - including winning the right way like Lloyd - I'd be one very happy Cornhusker fan.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||That goes without saying||
So far I guess Pelini is NU's Lloyd Carr.
Actually, I never understood why the attitude of many UM fans about him, but it's your program and team so that's your business not my place to have an opinion.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||NU officials ready to put this behind them||
And turns out Tom Osborne knew about the tape over a year ago and discussed with Bo.
"We are prepared to put the matter to rest," University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman and NU athletic director Shawn Eichorst said in a joint statement released Wednesday. Coach Pelini has given us his assurance that he understands the seriousness and inappropriateness of his comments. We believe he is sincere in his apology and in his regret."
And now, back to football.
|31 weeks 2 days ago||Bo has moved 58 spots from #68 to #10 at Coaches Hot Seat||
He has a .708 winning percentage at Nebraska.
Mack Brown is #1 on the Hot Seat and also #1 in WP with .770.
I guess I can understand coaches making comments like that in private, or at least thinking them.
|31 weeks 3 days ago||To put his comments in context:||
He said this during an off-air moment when the discussion turned to fans leaving the 2011 OSU game at halftime with the Huskers down 20-6.
Some will be offended. Personally, I thought the same thing about those fans, and I'll bet everyone on this board would say the same about Michigan fans leaving at halftime when trailing an important game. But then we're not the head coach.
And it certainly provides some ammo if NU ever decides to part ways with Bo: Chancellor Harvey Perlman said, "Basically I'm very disappointed and we're considering what to do and what the impact is on our program."
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Who, really, in the B1G hasn't had their problems lately?||
Wisconsin - Best B1G success last 3 years, but always blows Rose Bowl, won nothing before
OSU - last conference title in 2009, but leads B1G in cheating
Michigan - Backed into BCS bowl in 2011, but last title of any kind in 2004, and The Horror
PSU - last conference title in 2008, but then the unmentionable
Nebraska - 3 division titles last 4 years, but no conference title since 1999, and UCLA type games
Yes, some Nebraska fans and players are on the ledge. Some of you guys were on the ledge until you avoided The Horror II and put Akron away. Texas fans want to fire their AD and HC a week after firing their DC.
|37 weeks 5 days ago||He has Michigan and Nebraska losing to each other||
in both their best case scenarios. Brilliant analysis.
Should be an entertaining Division battle, you can make a case for NW and MSU as well. All 4 teams are a bit flawed.
You guys finally have a harder conference schedule, but you get us at home. NW has too tough a schedule for me to pick them. MSU has an easy schedule but I don't think they're good enough to beat everyone else out.
I think it'll go down to rivals week to decide the Legends winner.
|38 weeks 3 hours ago||What he is, is one hell of a college QB||
that won't necessarily be a fit for the pro game, despite his many talents. Different game. Lots of other examples, Tebow, Crouch come to mind.
That said, hope he finds the right position with the right team, sometimes that's what it takes even for the more traditional skillset players. He was fun to watch and I'd like to see some more.
|42 weeks 6 days ago||No suspensions-Ernest Suttles & Thomas Brown kicked off the team||
by Bo Pelini.
Brown is a strongside linebacker redshirt freshman who didn't play due to injury and Suttles is a DE who played as a true freshman.
Pelini said they won't be allowed back with the team. This is very consistent with how he's handled this sort of thing. And there haven't been many incidents during his 5 years.
Good catch by Drkboarder, I upvoted you for hearing about it before I did.
|43 weeks 2 hours ago||Nebraska hasn't been in this much trouble since||
they were caught providing books for student-athletes
|45 weeks 4 days ago||Illinois||
considering the instate talent, resources at their disposal, and quality academics, how can they be so bad to mediocre so often?
|47 weeks 2 days ago||Great post, shows why I enjoy visiting this board as a rival fan||
I get info I didn't know about my own team, or about college football, or something non- sport related that's worth knowing.
Definitely, that was a different era. The game has changed so much. Everybody's on TV, more money, higher stakes, new style of play with different athletes, etc. But in a way it further proves my point: Nebraska figures out a way, and doesn't stay with what worked 40 years ago.
We'll have our new challenges, but we've been excellent too long, and CFB is too highly regarded in Nebraska, to stop us from dealing with the issues as they come up.
|47 weeks 2 days ago||We always did well in TX all the way from Big Eight to XII days||
But one state's never been the key.
Don't know if I'd say we lost our footing in Texas. It's natural that we'd dip a bit there now and pick up in B1G territory. Last three years we've had 11 from Texas and 15 from the B1G. But in 2006, a year we played for the XII Title, we had 1 TX recruit. Like I said, certain states and regions ebb and flow, but that's part of the deal when you cast your net so wide.
I do think, as others have posted, that the trend towards early signing is Nebraska's latest recruiting challenge. But we've always managed to deal with our disadvantages. Still lots of really good players that want to play here.
|47 weeks 2 days ago||Nebraska's a bit of an oddity when it comes to recruiting||
We've historically overperformed on the field compared to our recruiting ranking, even in our monster decade of the 90's. Typically, we've been between 15th and 25th. Pelini is averaging 24th.
See this link for details on the above:
Nebraska has always recruited nationally, since we don't have a home base to draw from. The focus has varied, whether it be California, New Jersey, Texas, etc. Now we're drawing more heavily from the B1G states.
Bottom line, despite recruiting handicaps vs Michigan and OSU, Nebraska always has competed quite well--look at the W/L since the sixties, or break it down by decade - and there's no reason to think that will change.
|48 weeks 1 day ago||We've been pretty consistent since 1987, averaging 18th||
Osborne: 18 (excluding 4 NC game bump)
During Osborne run of 60-3 when we played in 4 NC games, he recruited averaging 11th. Maybe a difference of one 4 star or two 3 stars since then by his successors?
Link to everything you ever wanted to know about Nebraska recruiting history:
|48 weeks 3 days ago||Good points||
as has been commented on before, Nebraska recruiting is a bit of an anomaly as far as CFB kings. Nebraska always has filled their classes late, and typically is more of a top 20 class than a top 5 or 10 class yet we've won more games and have the best winning percentage of any program over the last 50 years.
I think Pelini is doing fine as a recruiter, though. Pretty much par for the course at Nebraska, even if it doesn't live up to Michigan standards.
Since divisions are key now, interesting to note that in the new East-West setup, and taking the last 10 years which has been Nebraska's worse decade of football, NU’s recruiting rankings dominate the rest of the Big Ten West;
Average Rivals recruiting rankings for the last 11 classes, 2003-2013:
I know Michigan fans place a lot of stock in recruiting rankings and expect it to ensure division, conference, and national titles. Based on that, expect to play us in a lot of B1G title games.
BTW, personally I don't take recruiting ranking quite as seriously as some, on the other hand if I was a Michigan fan it would be hard not to be optimistic and I wouldn't mind Nebraska having those recruits.
|49 weeks 8 hours ago||How do you guys rate the top division team's schedules?||
Here's mine, from hardest to easiest:
Michigan: OSU, NWU, MSU on road, MN and NWU crossdivision
Nebraska: WI, NWU, MSU on road, MSU and Rutgers crossdivision
OSU: PSU, MSU on road, IL and MN crossdivision
Wisconsin: NWU on road, MD and Rutgers crossdivision