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We won an 'award' sort of speak  Between the paragraphs copied below are several tweets that are amusing to say the least.

 

The below comes near the end of the article after the writer looks at texas, oregon, florida, MSU - and their terrible Saturday games.

 

https://ftw.usatoday.com/2021/11/college-football-results-week-12

 

 

THE MAIN CHARACTER, season-long lifetime achievement award: Nebraska

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In and of itself, the Huskers’ last-minute disemboweller of a loss to rival Wisconsin would count as a difficult Saturday, if not particularly worthy of Main Character recognition. Nebraska, after all, is now 3-8, and nobody spends all that much time heaping national mockery onto teams with such records, unless they’re Texas. (It’s really fun, how bad Texas is.)

Except Nebraska does this every single week. And I dunno about you, but I was tired of mocking this poor team over a month ago. Nebraska has broken the Main Character’s capacity for hateration.

 

Their only loss by more than a touchdown was by nine points to freaking Ohio State. They nearly beat the teams currently ranked No. 2, No. 6, No. 10, No. 12, and No. 18 in the AP. Power ratings like SP+, Team Rankings, and FPI, all of which perform well against Vegas, consider Nebraska a top-35 team, better than some teams with 10 or even 11 wins.

It’s not even a joke. This is the best three-win team ever, at least since teams started playing schedules of more than, like, eight games. What a horrible thing to be.

 

This result had to cut as deep as any of the others, not only because of compounding despair, but because Nebraska should’ve gotten one last chance much closer to the goal line.


 

 
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What do the 2021 Huskers and 25-cent gas have in common?

 

Except for last year’s short season, the last time the Huskers ended the season with 3 wins was... 1961.

 

1961. Gas was 25 cents a gallon. A new car was about $2,500. A new house... around $12,500. JFK became President. World population was 3.1 billion. The Houston Oilers won the AFL title (pre-Super Bowl years).

 

And the Huskers won 3 games and finished 7th in the 8 team Big 8.

 

And Scott Frost would be born 14 years later.

 

But now of course, The Red could just go ahead and get another win.
 

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A couple stats not on there that have been huge are special teams (returns and coverage and FG%) also takeaways, and in our case give aways per game.

 

edited to add penalties!

 

ok did a deeper dive into the stats and the numbers aren’t that bad. But I think the timing of those mistakes were at really crucial times in the game. Turnovers vs Illinois and Purdue lost those games for us.

 

Penalties cost us in others. Special teams cost us vs MSU as well as that INT in OT.

 

mixed bag of Mistakes on important plays.

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1 hour ago, The Dude said:

Nobody is going to remember these obscure stats this time next year.  They'll remember the 4-8 record and Smothers' 4th quarter comeback against Iowa, but that's about it.

Exactly. Stats are what fans of teams who suck at football cling to so they can tell themselves we are good at something. Does anyone remember in 2009 who the top offense in the country was? Nope but I know Bama won the Natty. I know we lost in the last second to Texas. People remember relevant teams in relevant games. 

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24 minutes ago, Huskers93-97 said:

Exactly. Stats are what fans of teams who suck at football cling to so they can tell themselves we are good at something. Does anyone remember in 2009 who the top offense in the country was? Nope but I know Bama won the Natty. I know we lost in the last second to Texas. People remember relevant teams in relevant games. 

I sure as hell remember Iowa State in 2009 like it was yesterday.  Terrible events can be just as memorable and I definitely will remember some of the more ridiculous stats from this year in decade.

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