Interesting season for my Nebraska Cornhuskers. Thanks to the Big Ten adding stupid Maryland and stupid Rutgers (grrr…), we have Ohio State, Michigan, and Penn State off our schedule. Hmm, aren’t those games the reason we joined the Big Ten?
We got rid of Pelini, who had seven straight 9+ win seasons. But each also had 4 losses, including many blowouts. Was he unfairly fired for “only” winning 9 games? That Nebraska’s standards are a little too high, and most programs would kill for 9 wins?
Let’s just say he was also a complete asshole. An absolute public embarrassment, screaming and cursing all the time. He even held a private meeting with his players after he got fired cursing out the AD. I think it’s telling that no programs desperate for 9 wins picked him up, but fell down to Division I-AA coaching.
So, now we have Mike Riley out of Oregon State. He seems to be the anti-Pelini, a very nice guy in the mold of Tom Osborne. He wasn’t particularly successful at OSU, but I think his demeanor tells me he was brought in to fix more than X’s and O’s. We lost so many key players that it may not be realistic to declare “10-3 or bust”. But if he can keep from losing to Wisconsin 70-31 and 59-24, I’ll be happy.
We’re unranked and host BYU on TV this weekend.