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I don't think we will ever be able to compete for a national championship again. Too much going against us. Talent disparity, other teams upgrading their facilities, every game now on television...I wonder what real advantages we have anymore.
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Unless the NCAA and college football as a whole are willing to commit to developing a more equitable system, then I tend to agree. I don't necessarily think Nebraska will compete for a title. At least not with any measure of consistency.
I readily acknowledge that CFB is cyclical, but the disparity between programs is not getting any better and it's at perhaps its worst point in history. Nebraska had half the formula figured out in 2009 to compete for a national championship. Even an average to above average offense could've meant a national title berth. It didn't happen, and unless we're able to catch lightning in a bottle again, I don't see it happening.
I wouldn't say "never". That's an awfully long time.
But, what we need to be working towards is being that 9-3 or 10-2 team regularly. If we can get to that point, it's possible to every once in a while have that special team that gets into the playoffs. If we can do that, anything can happen.
I firmly believe there is no reason why we can't be that 9-3 or 10-2 team consistently.