Any chance Nebraska loses?

Submitted by orobs on November 11th, 2012 at 12:08 AM

They've sure looked beatable for 5 straight games, but are on a Notre Dame-esque streak of catching breaks.  


They've got two of the weaker B1G teams remaining in Minny and @ Iowa.



November 11th, 2012 at 12:10 AM ^

I mean, anyone can lose. But I predicted at the start of the season that their OL would fall apart with one injury, and instead they've got three walk-ons on the interior who are far better than our all-RS senior 4-star and above interior OL, and the guy who was a starting tackle last year is depth.

Nebraska seems pretty unkillable. But you never know with this conference. BIG TENNNNN!


November 11th, 2012 at 12:22 AM ^

for the B1G in bowl games. I realize the conference is down but Nebraska has been winning on luck and bad calls to the point I have hate for them. If they make the Rose Bowl I hope they play Oregon and lose by 60.


November 11th, 2012 at 9:38 AM ^

I've always hated Nebraska. I was p*ssed when they joined the B1G and even more p*ssed when they were placed in the same division as UM. Now, I am SUPER p*ssed because they have been luck-ing their way to wins the entire season and are probably going to play for the conference championship.



November 11th, 2012 at 12:03 PM ^

The calls that are benefitting Nebraska are borderline inside job.  How is that not a touchdown yesterday........yet they benefit.  They have gotton more breaks than any team not named Notre Dame.  

1.  They benefit from a nerve injury.............and get introduced to Bellamy and not Devin.  

2.  Sparty get hosed on a few calls AT HOME and Nebraska benefits

3.  Nebraska gets the benefit of an obvious touchdown call scored against them as well as a few questionable calls in addition to that.  

This stretch of games was their gauntlet and they made it through 

Yep......I am hating them a bit



November 11th, 2012 at 12:15 PM ^

Yesterday was the worst of all.  That TD was pretty clear.  Either the replay officials are totally incompetent or are on the take.  Neither one is a desirable scenario.

Also, the safety was pretty questionable.  The ref sat there for 20 seconds pondering the ramifications of the call.  On the replay it was apparent that McGloin was outside of the tackle box when he threw the ball (despite what Spielman was trying to convince the audience of).



November 11th, 2012 at 12:33 AM ^

As the great Chris Berman says after a crazy upset,"that's why they play the games." I find it unlikely that they lose another game but you never know. Even if they should stumble what are the chances our defense stops Braxton Miller and the buckeye option attack? I know you throw conventional thinking out for that game but our play against good teams on the road has been a serious issue. Nothing would hurt more then beating Iowa and having the huskers lose only to slip up against Ohio.

I have faith in our football team and the coaching staff. We never give up and I think we will pull out all the stops. Either way I'm still obviously hoping for a husker loss. I just really hope we put away our road woes vs good teams and play Wolverine football. Here's to handing the buckeyes their first loss of the season (hopefully if they don't lose before us)


November 11th, 2012 at 12:36 AM ^

It is unlikely they will in the regular season though nobody thought NW would beat them there last year either.

Not sure the Minnesota 2012 is quite as good as NW 2011 but they are probably not far off.

Also Nebraska could get caught napping and theist few weeks has to have taken an emotional toll on them.

Let's take care of our business and see what happens.


November 11th, 2012 at 1:32 AM ^

Assuming we beat Iowa (knock on wood) they'll be playing Nebraska for their 6th win and bowl eligibility at home. Maybe that's a game Iowa can pull an upset on.


November 11th, 2012 at 1:44 AM ^

to Purdue today dropped them to 4-6, so if Michigan beats them they would be eliminated from bowl contention. Assuming Michigan beats Iowa like they should they Iowa would basically being playing for nothing, except for pride against Nebraska. Normally I would say it is the type of game Iowa could pull an upset in, but at this point their QB has 4 tds for the entire year and they don't a RB left on the roster.

Only hope is that Nebraska commits a ton of mistakes against Minny or Iowa to give one of those team's a chance, which I guess is slightly possibly because Nebraska has been the most mistake prone team in the league. Who knows maybe karma will catch up with them, and they will lose a game they should win, due to bad calls going against them or something.



November 11th, 2012 at 1:52 AM ^

Yes! The whole reason sports are so great is bc of upsets. Who here would've thought ND would be undefeated? Or tamu would beat bama? The pistons to beat la in the finals...? Etc... Nebraska by no means is a great team and they're very beatable... So the chance of them losing a believe is much higher than people think. After all Nebraska is a few good calls away and a injury from being 0-3 last three games!


November 11th, 2012 at 2:12 AM ^

... we had our chance and caught a bad break at the wrong time.  All we can do now is hope the Wolverines win out and someone steps up against Nebraska, but I expect we'll miss out on the championship this year.

Still, 9-3 and a bowl game with wins over MSU and OSU would be better than I hoped for at the start of the year.  Go Blue!

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November 11th, 2012 at 10:17 AM ^

Well NU is playing with fire and finding ways to win close games, at some point they will lose. probably the BiG's luck it will be in the rose bowl.

In 9-3 scenario, we would play in the citrus bowl against the likes of Florida/LSU/Georgia. That's pretty wicked! Les bowl would be a hot mess!


November 11th, 2012 at 4:52 AM ^

Possible but no Probable!! Then again that was the answer on can Michigan Win with 18 seconds to go, down 3 on their own 36 six... Hmmmmm... Possible :)


November 11th, 2012 at 6:02 AM ^

Even using the most recently published Sagarin numbers (which are last week's at the moment, so  this could change some in a couple hours since Minnesota won and Iowa lost), right now Nebraska would be favored by 17 versus Minnesota and 8 points against Iowa if those games were played today essentially. Those seems fairly realistic, especially the Minnesota line since the game is at Lincoln.

Even last week's Massey numbers put out 92% probability that Nebraska beats Minnesota, and I can't imagine this changing much when the numbers update.  The last published number for their game against Iowa was 77%, but after the Hawkeyes' loss to Purdue, that one might even go up a little. Many metrics, I am afraid, would have bleak predictions if you want Nebraska to lose, but anything can - and has - happened in football. 


November 11th, 2012 at 7:25 AM ^

has been a good one, and that we have overachieved, especially as of today. But if we don't beat OSU I don't think we'll have much to complain about; stuff happens. The fact that the third- and fourth-best teams statistically may be duking it out for the B1G championship won't mean much to anyone in ten years. 


November 11th, 2012 at 7:55 AM ^

Doesn't Iowa "hate" Nebraska, in a sports rivalry/kayfabe kind of way?  A rivarly game is always a great equalizer.  Please feel free to insert a cliche here, such as "throw the records out the window."  Brent Musburger used to be particularly adept at variations on this phrase; maybe he should come out of the studio and do the game.

As we saw with TAMU/Bama, even an "unbeatable" team can lose.