Husker Nation may span coast to coast and around the world, but thanks to the magic of Twitter, Big Red fans and alumni near and far can connect like never before.
Where else do you get to discuss X's and O's (no pun intended) with Touchdown Tommie, get an inside look at a Tim Miles coached practice, and debate the merits of whether or not Bo Pelini is the right man for the program with fans you've never met in person all within a matter of minutes?
It should come as no surprise that the Huskers have a big presence in the Twitterverse, and that fact made our task of identifying the top 100 Twitter accounts to follow that much more difficult. We polled Corn Nation staffers to come up with a group of their recommended follows and then debated the merits of all recommendations to eventually compile THE essential list of Husker accounts to follow for the year 2013. We considered post frequency, entertainment value, timely content, fan engagement, relevancy to 2013, and originality when debating which accounts should be on the list. We also considered the overall variety of accounts in the list before we finally came to a "consensus". Since the list will change year-to-year, we figured we would add a few under-the-radar type accounts that rose to prominence in 2013 as well.
With all that said, we know this list is still subjective so we want to know what you think. Let us know who you feel was snubbed and where we screwed up by leaving us your thoughts in the comments section. The list intentionally does not include any* CN-related accounts, but we encourage you to follow the entire Corn Nation team. You can view all of our accounts at the very bottom of the list.
Presented in random order, we present to you The Corn Nation Twitter Top 100:
The Crème de la Crème (of corn). The tweeters that can't be beat, won't be beat. The Twitter accounts any die-hard Husker fan must follow. We doubt this list will change very much or at all in the coming years.
1. Nebraska Huskers - @huskers
Where else would we start but with the official Twitter account of the Nebraska Athletic Department?
2. Corn Nation - @cornnation
3. Tunnel Walk of Shame - @TunnelWalkShame
If we handed out a Twitter Account of the Year Award, this would be a finalist.
Guessing Carl Pelini's gonna be pretty bummed when he finds out what Cyber Monday actually means.
Guessing Carl Pelini's gonna be pretty bummed when he finds out what Cyber Monday actually means.— Tunnel Walk of Shame (@TunnelWalkShame) December 2, 2013
4. Team Jack - @TeamJackHoffman
5. Fake Bo Pelini - @FauxPelini
You know it's good when the *SPOILER ALERT* ACTUAL Bo Pelini didn't make the list.
6. World-Herald Big Red - @OWHbigred
7. Tim Miles - @CoachMiles
8. UNL News - @UNLNews
You may not have went to school there, but if you plan on coming to Lincoln for a game it wouldn't hurt to keep up to date on all the headlines, happenings and other campus information from the news office at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Plus, it's not all about sports, is it?
The Writers & Publications
If you want opinions and analysis from credentialed members of the media that are actually at the events you just watched, you better be following this group of writers and publications.
20. Jon Nyatawa - @JonNyatawa
Teaser to tomorrow's column: 57 college football programs have recorded an 11-win season since Nebraska last did so in 2001.
Teaser to tomorrow's column: 57 college football programs have recorded an 11-win season since Nebraska last did so in 2001.— Dirk Chatelain (@dirkchatelain) November 19, 2013
The Blogs & Bloggers
For a more "organic" feel to Husker coverage, follow these blogs and bloggers. The writers for the "big" publications can't exactly let their opinions fly as their access to the programs they cover may be cut off, so it's nice to get opinions from those that have a little more freedom.
32. No Coast Bias - @NoCoastBias
35. Brandon Cavanaugh - @eightlaces
39. Brian Towle - @btbowling
Quality accounts from the players that play for the teams you love. We do have one special request: PLEASE DO NOT TWEET AT THE PLAYERS WHEN YOU ARE MAD.
40. Tai Jack Webster - @Tjawtherula
Is this the first Husker athlete to be verified by Twitter BEFORE actually playing a game?
41. Johnny Stanton IV - @johnnystanton5
The Former Players
Quality accounts from the players that used to play for the teams you love.
44. Adam Carriker - @AdamCarriker94
45. Damon Benning - @damonbenning
Stop asking where Randy Gregory is. He has work to do in the run game still. Things like squeezing on the backside & being stout matter.
Stop asking where Randy Gregory is. He has work to do in the run game still. Things like squeezing on the backside & being stout matter.— Damon Benning (@damonbenning) November 23, 2013
The TV/Radio Shows and Personalities
The shows you love and the talking heads you love or love to hate.
66. Katie Falco - @KatieHFalco
These guys don't just run practice drills, they get their tweets on.
67. Rich Fisher - @rfisher88
The B1G Accounts
The best accounts to follow for updates around the conference. Because you can't just live in a Husker bubble, can you?
70. Brent Yarina - @BTNBrentYarina
Want to know where a bunch of 17 and 18-year olds are heading to college, but not in the creepy way? Give these accounts a follow.
The Alumni Groups
You can't stay in school forever, but these guys will keep you updated as if you were.
79. Canadians for Nebraska - @CdnsForNebraska
80. Nebraska Alumni - @NebraskaAlumni
Because imitation is sometimes more interesting and hilarious than reality.
Anyone remember Rod Belding? What a jerk.
Anyone remember Rod Belding? What a jerk.— Harvey Perlman (@Harvey_Perlman) October 7, 2013
83. Fake Shawn Eichorst - @FauxEichorst
The Team Accounts
Get play-by-play updates and breaking team news of some of the Big Red's finest.
84. Nebraska Baseball - @Husker_Baseball
2014 class contains 6 prep standouts that are regarded as top-15 players in their state, including 4 who are tabbed as a top-5 recruits
2014 class contains 6 prep standouts that are regarded as top-15 players in their state, including 4 who are tabbed as a top-5 recruits— Nebraska Baseball (@Husker_Baseball) November 25, 2013
90. The Iron N - Official Student Section @TheIronN
The best accounts that don't quite fit into the categories we've listed, but still bring the goods for Husker fans.
93. HuskerFaithful.com - @HuskerFaithful
94. Huskers Gameday - @HuskersGameday
95. Steve Smith - @RedCladLoon
96. Pinnacle Bank Arena - @PinnacleArena
97. Husk Guys - @HuskGuys
98. Nebraska Compliance - @NUCompliance (just in case you are thinking about taking your fandom a little further...or too far)
99. Random Logic - @therandomlogic
100. Lindsay Lee - @L__Lee
The Corn Nation Team
I love the narrative that Callahan (4 yrs: 2 #1 picks & 1 #2 NFL pick) was a better recruiter than Solich (left BC 2 #1 and 3 #2 picks)
I love the narrative that Callahan (4 yrs: 2 #1 picks & 1 #2 NFL pick) was a better recruiter than Solich (left BC 2 #1 and 3 #2 picks)— Husker Mike (@Husker_Mike) December 5, 2013
Now it's time to get started on the 2014 list or potentially an all-fan edition of the list. It was that big of an undertaking.