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Nebraska... A Rise To Dominance?

Posted on: September 15, 2009 5:23 pm
Edited on: September 17, 2009 6:46 pm
 

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How long does Bo Pelini have?  No, I don't think he should lose his job, I don't even think his seat is remotely warm right now.  The man is sitting comfortable with a 12-4 all time Head Coaching record at Nebraska, but my question isn't about this season, maybe not even next season.  But in four or five years if Nebraska is still fighting for relevence.  What then?

Pelini has the program headed in the right direction: 9-4 in his first year.  And he is in good company with coaches like Bob Devaney, Tom Osborne and Frank Solich as the only coaches that started with a 9 win season.  So... So far so good right?

I think so, but many others are not convinced.  Nebraska still hasn't beaten a ranked team since a 28-27 win on the road at Texas A&M (Remember a last second fade route to Maurice Purify to spring to a 28-27 shocker over the Aggies?)  But beating a top fifteen team... that would take some serious research. 

Nebraska has delved into a recent pit of mediocrity and with the help Bo looks like they are climbing out.  But being ranked 18th in the nation isn't what Husker fans want, nor what most (born before 1990) are expecting.  Nebraska needs to be in the national spotlight, a team of relevence and of consiquence.  The stuff that makes the talking heads scratch their heads and say..."Nebraska is back?" 

In fact go all the way back to 2001 and that is the last time Nebraska beat a top fifteen team and go back even further than that to 1997 and that is the last time Nebraska beat a top 20 team on the road!  (#3 Washington).  They have had their chances, a Cotton bowl against Auburn (L) an overtime with a good Texas Tech team last season (L) and both of those games should have been Ws but the fact is GREAT teams pull out the wins, GOOD teams come close to getting wins.

Zac That's what makes this weekend's game against Virginia Tech the most important game of Pelini's relativley short career.  At least up until now.  Sure the Gator Bowl was important, but a win against a team like Tech in Blacksburg shouts, WE'RE BAAAAAACK louder than a win over a washed up Clemson team any day of the week.  So can the Husker's do it?  Well, call me a homer but all the evidence points to YES they can, and they NEED to.  It looks like they finally have the Quaterback with the NFL measurables (6'2" 215 pounds) and the arm to make teams secondaries shake in their boots.  Add speed on the edges with Curenski Gillyelin and Niles Paul, and physical toughness with guys like Mike McNeill and Menelik Holt and then top it off with an elite running back like Roy Helu Jr. you have a team that could be BCS worthy.  COULD .

The Problem is the Huskers don't have that marquee win, the win that turns heads and makes other teams nervous.  It isn't enough to say we played "well" against Texes Tech we need that key win.  Could it be Oklahoma?  Yes, but before it is Oklahoma it needs to be Virginia Tech and all the things that point to the win are there.  The issue is the talent needs to be controlled, and it can be, but will Blacksburg get to the new starters?  Will the Defense shake underneath the weight of expectations and will Bo be able to harness the legs of Tyrod Taylor and rely on the legs of Roy Helu?

It all remains to be seen, but before Dominance comes relevence and before relevence comes a game against Virginia Tech.  Win this one and you still have to rattle off plenty more wins in the season, but you will have that monkey off your back and can continue to RISE to DOMINANCE!








Comments

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: September 17, 2009 6:11 am
 

Nebraska... A Rise To Dominance?

Tex,

It's been a long off-season, good to see your writing again.

NC5,

It has been a long off season and I'm glad that you noticed my increased presence.  Summers are brutal here in Texas and even though I've been here going on fifteen years, I'm getting a little older and can't take the heat like I used to.  Just one more reason to look forward to football season.  Man, I miss Nebraska.

I'm going to try to write more often, other than my recaps at the Fanatics Board.  I hope to branch out into other sports as well.  With excellent bloggers like footballnut & BuccinGator, I have some great inspiration.  That and my blog made the Sportsline front page under "Featured Blogs" the other day.  It caught me completely by surprise, as no one told me, but was nice nonetheless.

GO BIG RED!




Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: September 16, 2009 5:51 pm
 

Nebraska... A Rise To Dominance?

Ditto.  The win would be long overdue and would show that we're on our way.  8-0 would not be out of the question, with OU and possibly KU left to measure against.



Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2009 2:36 pm
 

Nebraska... A Rise To Dominance?

Good point and good blog by the way.  I see what you mean.  We win this one and we start inching closer and closer to the top ten.  That would be huge to be in the top ten especially if its earned and not just based on expectations which has been the case since 2001. 




Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2009 1:31 pm
 

Nebraska... A Rise To Dominance?

I see what you are saying, and I agree, but this would be the biggest win in recent history that's what I'm saying.  It would be a win that, at least for a few weeks would put us back on the map of College Football, then we play Missouri, which I think we can beat, the Texas Tech, ISU and Baylor leading up to the Oklahoma game.  All I'm saying is if we go on the road and beat a good VT team in Lane Stadium to go 3-0, it could spring board us to an 8-0 start and that would be HUGE going into Oklahoma, not saying it definately would but I think it is a definate possibility.  From what I've seen this season all Big 12 teams look beatable and that is a good sign for us.



Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2009 12:59 pm
 

Nebraska... A Rise To Dominance?

A win would be nice.  I think it'll be important just to have a good showing though.  We really don't know where this teams at right now.  They beat two decent little schools but how much can you take from those wins.  Last year the buzz around the program heading into the Missouri game was huge, we heard about the new scheme's they were putting in place and Chuck Liddell was there and we all thought alright this it we're back!  And the team went out and looked horrible.  

All I'm saying is maybe we should temper the expectations a bit.  A win would be nice and I think the team expects that, this isn't like when we played at SC uner whatshisname and just wanted to keep it close, this is a team that expects to win but as a fan I'll be happy if we play tough.  
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In my personal homerized opinion though, I do think we win this game.  I think our offense is really good.   




Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: September 16, 2009 9:46 am
 

Nebraska... A Rise To Dominance?

Excellent points from all! 

The defense is going to be the key to the game and the key to the statement "Nebraska is Back".  They will need to shut down opposing offenses like they did in the 90's.  Alabama beat Va Tech with their defense.  Don't get me wrong, the offense will play an integral part in making the defense better.  No short fields due to turnovers.  Score and score again to put additional pressure on the opposing offense.  I have a lot of confidence in the quality of play of the offense along with the scheming of Watson.

The young linebackers will need to mature and the defensive ends will need to do their jobs in order for the defense to take the next step.  Adding Dillard back into the mix will help speed up the maturity and confidence of the LB's.

Adding some special schemes for the defense to use this week will also make a difference.  They have been running pretty bland so far this season, which is understandable against the quality of opponent they've played.

Nebraska may be a year away before we can fully say "THEY'RE BACK", but this Saturday, against Va Tech, will be an important step in that direction.



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2009 9:00 am
 

Nebraska... A Rise To Dominance?

Tex,

It's been a long off-season, good to see your writing again.  I agree with the both of you, however, I don't see this as close as you may think.  I think we win by two touchdowns.  I am very anxious to see the full capability of our offense and defense.  This week will expose our ability or inability.  I think the former will prevail. 

 

GBR!




Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2009 12:53 am
 

Nebraska... A Rise To Dominance?

I think the Huskers can, though their first two games didn't tell us much (probably by design).  All I can say is that if the Huskers fail, don't hit the panic button.  It's a long season and the defense is young.  It's quite likely that Nebraska will improve on its 9-4 mark last year even if they don't win in Blacksburg.

But, ever the Husker optimist, I think they have a real shot at getting that "statement" win this Saturday.

Go Big Red!


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