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  1. I would happily trade an ultimately meaningless P5 noncon game in Sept for a better shot at a playoff run. Buzz off, Josh.
  2. Feels kinda similar to the last handful of years where anything between 3-9 and 9-3 seems pretty plausible. Just find a way to 7 to secure a bowl and winning record and find a way to win at least one of the final 5.
  3. Good question. Trying to think back across all sports. I remember Callahan’s throat slash gesture got some scrutiny. Frost had a couple icy/childish moments, but nothing too crazy. But really aside from Bo I can’t think of anything major.
  4. This is an excellent one. I’ve often thought about how things would’ve gone if Bo had gotten it in 2003. In some ways it’s kind of amazing it didn’t happen. So Steve fires Frank with allegedly an NFL head coach waiting in the wings. I believe this was alluded to by Harvey Perlman in an article a while back, he claimed it was going to be a “wow” hire. I think in a later article it was said to be Mike Sherman who was with Green Bay at the time. Obviously doesn’t happen. So Steve is getting turned down left and right. Zimmer. Houston Nutt. Etc. I believe the search took over 40 days. He clearly had no plan and was caught completely flat footed. Steve had to have known this coaching search was becoming a disaster. He had to have known he made multiple critical mistakes. And the whole time he’s got a young, hot shot, fan favorite, D Coordinator that took over as interim and led the team to an inspired bowl win. Talk about an escape route. Why wouldn’t Pederson just hire Bo? He could’ve sold it pretty easily. A young NFL defensive assistant, comes to Neb as a savior DC, takes over the head job and becomes the face of Neb’s future. If Bo got the job I think he probably keeps most of the staff in place. Recruiting probably doesn’t drop off much, if at all, possibly even improving a bit under the new energy from the Bo hire. At worst they probably hover in that 7-5ish range with Bo never fully able to get over the hump. At best they could have very well made the 2005 or 2006 B12 Title Game, maybe even have won it in 2006 since OU was pretty pedestrian that year. Bo probably gets poached or given an extension and stays thru the B1G conference change and leaves some time around 2016, give or take.
  5. Rolling into next season with two true freshman and HH for QB scares me a bit. Kinda hope they get a portal guy post spring. Doesn’t have to be a world beater, just a guy for depth.
  6. Absolute hose job at the end of the game with that spike. Don’t know why that never gets much attention. Manning - Leaf is the obvious comparison. But that Tennessee team was stacked. Manning, Jamal Lewis, Peerless Price, Marcus Nash, Cedric Wilson, Shaun Ellis, Terry Fair, Leonard Little. A 5 point win over a team whose best player was one of the biggest NFL busts of all time… Or an absolute beatdown of a team stacked with NFL talent, draft picks and one of the best QB’s to ever play the game. It’s not close.
  7. I’ve never understood why the Minnesota comparison is so prevalent when discussing Neb’s modern day struggles. Acting like a program whose dominant era predated integration and any resemblance of the modern day game is somehow comparable to the what cfb has been for the last 40-50 years makes absolutely no sense to me. Some food for thought. From 1962 to 2003, Neb didn’t have a losing season. One .500 season in there, but never a losing season. No program can say that, let alone any of the 7 other blue blood programs. I also think the “Neb has been bad for 20 years” trope is largely overstated. Yes, we took a step back. But I ran the numbers in another thread a while back and from 2003-2016, Neb kept pace with most of our B1G peers for wins, losses, bowl games and top 25 finishes. The lion share of our “terrible” 20 year stretch is mostly indistinguishable from the likes of Iowa, Penn St and Michigan. It’s obviously been historically bad since 2017. But Blue blood status doesn’t just go away because of a couple bad coaching hires and a bad 7 year stretch.
  8. Certainly a possibility, but I was thinking more along the lines of chasing off our solid QB commit because a high profile QB flirted with us and we end up with neither. The Dylan news is certainly exciting and it’s fun to speculate. But it is not a done deal. This can go sideways quickly.
  9. We lose Kaelin. Dylan stays with Georgia.
  10. Ah, so this is how it blows up in our face.
  11. If only there was an example of a QB recruit initially spurning Neb and TO, only to come back. Guess we’ll never know.
  12. The chatter about Jim Tressell coming to Neb after the Bo firing was a pretty wild, though short lived, time.
  13. Yup. And the manner of the losses as well. Pretty difficult to feel much confidence after 4 one score conference losses largely from self inflicted wounds. Essentially a mirror image of what we’ve seen since 2018.
  14. That’s why I used the word “probably.”
  15. Agreed. It’s a wild thing to say at this point. Playing it simple there probably gets this programs first bowl appearance in 6 years. It was a breathtakingly stupid decision.
  16. Haven’t been to a bowl in 6 years. Currently sitting at 5 wins, best since 2019. Opponent hasn’t won a game since September.
  17. Welcome back to the B1G, Matt.
  18. We haven’t been to a bowl in 6 years. So freaking what if HH’s best win is NW?
  19. The handwringing over HH does seem a little over the top. He was never meant to be the guy and assuredly won’t be next year. The only reason he’s the guy right now is because the current and previous staffs flat out whiffed on their QB management. He wasn’t the hand picked guy, he’s the guy that’s the best of a really bad bunch. Not to mention the monstrous lack of talent/starters around him, and he’s still on the cusp of leading Neb to its first bowl in 6 years.
  20. Sims was the hand picked portal transfer who was effectively brought in to be “the guy.” Haarberg was the plucky home state kid who was 4th or 5th on the depth chart last year. Sims has had his chances and if he can’t fully separate himself from Haarberg by now, that’s his own fault. I think it’s safe to say Haarberg was never brought in with a full intention of being the full time starter. At best, I think his initial trajectory was to have a few nice moments in mop up duty, grad transfer to a smaller school and then he goes back to Kearney to sell insurance. Haarberg is winning and he’s a nice story for now. If he can get us back to bowl eligibility, he’ll retain a special place in the heart of Husker Nation forever. I think Rhule and Co take one, possibly two portal QBs next year and he goes back to being a backup.
  21. The decision definitely isn't wrong. In fact, it should've happened a while ago. The timing just seems interesting to me. Why do it in the middle of the season when they still have plenty to play for? That being said, as much fun as it is to dunk on Brian Ferentz, I think their offensive woes go well beyond him. The last few years QB has been terrible to average, OL has noticeably regressed, RB's and WR's range from non-existent to below average, and TE has been generally solid. Brian has definitely been a major problem, but I think it's safe to say there's plenty of blame to go around.
  22. This is interesting. I was initially under the impression this was a mutual parting of ways. But that statement reads like she just straight up fired him. Barta was the one that restructured Brian’s contract. I believe she still has the interim tag, so she could have very well sat back and let Brian fail, and then let him go with the “my hands are tied” excuse. While the Iowa offense is terrible… Iowa is tied for first in the West, the only bowl eligible team in the West, and could very well win out to get 10 wins and a B1G title game appearance. Why do this now?
  23. There’s a path to victory in all of these games. Just find one.
  24. Both but Neb is definitely improving. The B1G has done a good job of marketing itself as this “tough” and “gritty” league. Which to a degree is true. But it’s also a lot of very, very, very bad football.
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