When realizing the reaction of fans, it's kinda like what Bo Pelini happened to say after Nebraska's 3 point victory against Wyoming on Saturday night, a game that brought back stats and feelings from last December/January.
".. it's never as good or as bad as you think it really is."
Now, to be honest, I'm not a happy guy about what happened Saturday night either. I do hope that the game was a one time issue combining things like nerves, youthful mistakes, and adrenaline that just happened to mesh and make a game that should have been a somewhat challenging test a nail biter.
While Nebraska's end year goals have not changed (BCS bowl and/or a B1G Championship), some folks have gone to the social media vents to let their voices be known. Some have gone with the numbers...
... while others have just made statements to clear the air and called it good.
Taking a wait and see approach with the #Huskers. Recommend it. Much healthier than alternatives. Don't burn your gear just yet.— Matty O (@MattyOwensSr) September 3, 2013
To be honest, I am mad, but I know that everything is still in front of this team right now, as a win by 1 is a whole lot better than a 1 point loss. However, like most of you, the performance didn't really inspire me. So I asked 2 questions of those of you that follow me on twitter. The first question was about UCLA.
If we are 2-1 after a UCLA mauling and SoMiss looking tolerable, would you be okay with it? Yes or no and why. #Huskers— Brian Towle (@btbowling) September 2, 2013
The answers went a basic way:
@btbowling no. If we lose to UCLA by more than 14 giving up 600+ again we have a serious problem. I'm getting a little tired of that.— Justin Sommerfeld (@JS_Husker) September 2, 2013
@btbowling No because UCLA is our only true test until Northwestern comes to town— Patrick Shannon (@_PatrickShannon) September 2, 2013
@btbowling Program would be subject to deserved criticism as it would point to failure to address glaring issues.— Mike Willard (@myke22) September 2, 2013
@btbowling no, and it's not going to happen. Bo is a film guy, we always struggle first time out with no new year game film.— Curt Cutler (@cccutler) September 2, 2013
I don't necessarily agree with the last one by Curt, only because we're not guaranteed that UCLA last year will be UCLA this year. The Bruins will have 2 weeks to prepare for Nebraska, and there's no reason to NOT worry about that game, regardless of how Southern Miss works out.
So then, with the info from the first question, this second question went out.
Alright, another Q.. If Neb loses to UCLA with a terrible D showing (numbers or points), is Bo on the hot seat? Yes/No and why? #Huskers— Brian Towle (@btbowling) September 2, 2013
Responses to this question were mixed and interesting in what focal points were being used.
@btbowling no. Everyone knew this would be a struggling D this year. By yet expectations are still high for him.— Adam Gilmore✌ (@backspace911) September 2, 2013
@btbowling Both. He would be temporarily, but all could be forgiven with a B1G title. Title isn't likely though if an egg is laid vs. UCLA.— Zach Peterson (@MidwestDrummer) September 2, 2013
@btbowling It depends on how close the game is. If it's a blowout, it can be assumed the worst is yet to come.— Connor Dennhardt (@Connord64) September 2, 2013
@btbowling depends how the defense plays...if they give up 600 yards and 40 or more points in a loss then I say yes.— Bill Grip (@HuskerGrip) September 2, 2013
@btbowling No doubt. NU will put the boo is boosters. After sat I think the villagers are looking for fire wood. Bad loss to UCLA = Flames— Husker Tweets (@huskers_tweet) September 2, 2013
@btbowling it'd heat up, no doubt, but not as much as if it happens against Michigan, PSU, NW, or worse - one of the lesser B1G teams.— Andrew Weldon (@kungfusquirrel) September 2, 2013
Those weren't all the answers obviously, but I do agree that, while Bo would catch some hell over losing to the Bruins the same way that the Cowboys challenged Nebraska's Defense, it's ultimately the B1G title game that would be still the goal for Nebraska along with that BCS game.
Now, I know that Jon is reading this and chortling like Verne Lundquist on a Saturday afternoon on CBS, because his opinion about twitter (and something I don't disagree with to a fault), is that twitter is like a bar with opinions that not every one wants to hear. However, considering the NU fan sites melted down harder than Chernobyl and message boards on fire, twitter comes off as somewhat of a rational method.
Granted, I'm just as thankful that Facebook and twitter weren't around in the '90's. I mean, could you have imagined the internets the night of the Arizona State shutout in 1996, or the Big 12 title game that December? Holy crap would RSS or HuskerBoard be ablaze with folks that had some hot takes.
This has been a trying 72 hours in Nebraska sports, and things like Pinnacle Bank Arena, the verbal of Peyton Newell and such were forgotten for things on the field. Let us all remember than we're a 1-0 team, that it's better than Purdue and Iowa, and that the slate is clean to be 1-0 after next weekend regardless if you believe Bo's coachspeak or not, and if you believe it was a one time thing or a complete meltdown that will last all year.
It's a long season, take it week by week and day by day.