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Nebraska Football: Five Reasons the Huskers will beat Ohio State

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THE FOLLOWING IS A COMPLETELY UNFOUNDED POSSIBLY FALSE RUMOR I HEARD OVER THE WEEKEND. LET ME SAY IT AGAIN, THE FOLLOWING IS JUST A COMPLETELY UNFOUNDED POSSIBLY FALSE RUMOR. I DID NOT ASK ABOUT THE SOURCE OF THE RUMOR.

But I want to make a point nonetheless. Even if in the end it is a pointless....point. Hopefully, you get my point.

This weekend a friend told me he heard that the Scott Frost to Nebraska deal has already been officially agreed upon, and the remaining details are whether he would coach next year or the year after.

I know there is a large segment of the Nebraska fan base which wants to hire Scott Frost after this season. In fact, there are even some who are rooting against Nebraska the rest of the season so there isn’t a way for Mike Riley to hang on for at least one more year.

I get it. Scott Frost has done nothing at Central Florida except win, and by a wide margin.

But lets say that there is in fact a deal already in place between Nebraska and Scott Frost. It is my opinion that it would be a perfect anecdote for everything that is wrong with Nebraska Football.

Because who really would have made the decision to hire Scott Frost? It isn’t me, and it isn’t 99.9% of the fan base.

It also wasn’t the Athletic Director. Because we are currently paying a search firm $125,000 to find somebody who is willing to work here. (Still waiting)

I doubt it would have been the President or Chancellor, in their official capacities, who called Scott Frost and offered him a contract. They want to stay employed, and if things go wrong then we would end up finding out sooner or later. So who and where does that leave us?

The boosters. The nameless faceless boosters.

The program isn’t about Nebraska or its fans, it is about the boosters demonstrating how much power they have over a football team.

We haven’t won a conference championship since 1999. That’s quite the track record for our powerful boosters.

Hire the best Athletic Director we can find, and then let him or her make the decision on the future of Nebraska football.

(REMINDER: PLEASE RETURN TO THE FIRST PARAGRAPH IF YOU FEEL THE NEED TO SPREAD THE RUMOR)

On to five reasons....

MIKE RILEY USUALLY WINS ONE GAME A SEASON HE SHOULDN’T

Being a 24 point underdog would definitely fall under a game Mike Riley is not expected to win. Everybody is expecting Nebraska to get crushed under the weight of the juggernaut that is THE Ohio State Buckeyes.

But we were thinking the same thing in 2015 when Michigan State came into Lincoln. Nebraska was 3-6 at that point and nobody expected them to win. But a Mike Riley team showed up and beat the Spartans when nobody expected it.

He did it several times at Oregon State as well. Most notably was the Oregon State win over #1 USC in 2008.

He can do it. Believe.

TANNER LEE’S BEST GAME WAS AGAINST WISCONSIN

Lee’s game against Wisconsin last week was a perfect example of how sometimes statistics do not tell the entire story. He was 16-32 for one TD and one INT.

Lee missed a wide open J.D. Spielman, I know.

But the throw to Stanley Morgan for the 80 yard touchdown was beautiful and he played several balls right in the hands for our receivers which would have changed the course of the game. Particularly the throw to DPE.

Tangent: I don’t yell at the T.V. during Husker football games. I’m just not that guy. But I was yelling at the T.V. last week. In the first half alone, the officials missed four pass interference calls which would have extended drives. It really changed the tone of the game.

I’m sure Nebraska would have liked to take advantage of the officials allowing the physical play between the DBs and the WRs, but when Wisconsin runs it down the throat of the defense 28 out of 30 plays in the second half it makes it hard.

DEVINE OZIGBO RAN FOR OVER 100 YARDS AGAINST WISCONSIN’S TOP 5 RUSH DEFENSE

This is notable, because if we have any chance against Ohio State tomorrow it is because we are going to be able to run the ball. We showed last week against Wisconsin that we can run the ball even against top flight run stopping defenses.

The Ohio State defensive line is special. But after showing success against Wisconsin last week it gives me hope that we could run the ball against Ohio State. The Nebraska offensive line will have to play the best it has all year long.

THE RADD GOT SOME HUMBLE PIE

The Robert Albert Diaco Defense (RADD) got a huge dose of humble pie in that second half against Wisconsin. They were absolutely embarrassed.

The second half was so bad we forgot that the RADD went another two quarters (the first half) without giving up a touchdown.

My hope is that the Blackshirts realized they need to take their game up several more levels in order to compete in the Big Ten. Don’t forget that this defense, as well as the offense is really really young. They have a lot to learn, and they got quite the lesson from Wisconsin last week.

WHY NOT US?

If Iowa State can beat Oklahoma, then why not us?

If David can beat Goliath, then why not us?

If the United States Hockey team can beat Russia in the Olympics, then why not us?

In the words of Herb Brooks from the greatest and yet most underrated sports movie in the history of sports movies.

Great moments... are born from great opportunity. And that's what you have here, tonight, boys. That's what you've earned here tonight. One game. If we played 'em ten times, they might win nine. But not this game. Not tonight. Tonight, we (run) with them. Tonight, we stay with them. And we shut them down because we can! Tonight, WE are the greatest (football) team in the world. You were born to be (football) players. Every one of you. And you were meant to be here tonight. This is your time. Their time is done. It's over. I'm sick and tired of hearing about what a great (football) team the (Buckeyes) have. Screw 'em. This is your time. Now go out there and take it!

- Herb Brooks, Miracle

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