One of my weekly columns here at Corn Nation is to write about Five Reasons Nebraska Will Win, regardless of the opponent. Next week we play Penn State.
So if anybody has some interesting comments about why we will beat Penn State, tweet them at me @nmchugh85 or write in the comments and I might use them in my column this coming week. I think I’m going to need all the help I can get. Thanks in advance.
“One should . . . be able to see things as hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald
Here’s what some of the media had to say:
Steven M. Sipple: Huskers’ embarrassing loss strengthens for ending Riley era, pronto, Lincoln Journal Star
You have to ask yourself — with Nebraska at 4-6 overall and 3-4 in the Big Ten, and with this embarrassing loss in the books — if Riley deserves to lead the proud Husker program in the final two regular-season games.
The case strengthened for ending it now.
Moos has said he's evaluating the third-year Husker head coach's program. Assuming an evaluation really was still taking place, it can cease.
We have enough evidence to make the call, and a meager few would dispute it. Many would celebrate it, which sucks. But it's gotten that bad.
Tom Shatel: Huskers showed lack of heart, a sign the Riley era should end now, Omaha World-Herald
What’s pertinent now, today, is that Nebraska football is a mess and all of their fingerprints are on this and more changes are on the way.
Probably as soon as today.
There are only two weeks left in this sad season, and so you can make the point that you could hold on until after Thanksgiving, that removing Diaco or Riley today will not change the world.
But given the level of performance, and effort, that was witnessed out of Nebraska at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, you make a move just on principle. To show that you care. To show this isn’t acceptable.
Brandon Vogel: Nebraska Football is a Boat with no Oars, Hail Varsity
There is no enthusiasm unknown to mankind at Nebraska in 2017. Very little winning of the days, scant doing of the jobs. A process? Doesn’t seem to be one. If there’s a boat, it doesn’t have any oars. The Huskers are just out there in the middle of a sea of heartbreak, left to drift wherever their opponents take them and deal with whatever the elements dish out.
Chip Scoggins: Given opportunity to succeed, Demry Croft runs with it for Gophers, Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Take that, 84-13. OK, this wasn't necessarily your equal in calamity, but the fine folks in Nebraska now have their own boogeyman to haunt their memory for generations to come.
Gophers 54, Nebraska 21.
The lack of competitive fight should be sobering to loyal Cornhuskers fans who felt the thud of crash-landing on rock bottom Saturday afternoon at TCF Bank Stadium.
GopherNation: Minnesota Football beats Nebraska 54-21 by running all over the Cornhuskers, The Daily Gopher
From the opening kickoff through the final seconds this was a Gopher domination. Minnesota, broke a 2-game losing streak and earned their 5th win of the season with a 54-21 win over Nebraska. The 54 points scored by the Gophers was the most scored against Nebraska since they won 61-7 in 1945.
And now some reactions from 18-22 year old college students who play football at the largest educational institution in the state of Nebraska.
Nebraska DE/OLB Ben Stille: "They definitely ran more of the option stuff than we were expecting Their quarterback keeping the ball was a little more than we were thinking, too. Not too much other than that." #huskers— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) November 11, 2017
Patrick O'Brien: "We play every single week for the state of Nebraska....we need to get back to that tradition."— Megan McGill (@MeganMcGill_owh) November 11, 2017
Nebraska LG Jerald Foster: This is still a Nebraska team. We hold that strong. I want everybody to know that we care. We know our fans care, we know our coaches care, as players we all care.— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) November 11, 2017
And now some reactions from the media on twitter..
Nebraska's rush defense is now giving up an average of 5.25 yards per carry, which ranks 114th. Only 27 of 130 in FBS are giving up more than 5 a rush.— Brian Christopherson (@Husker247BC) November 12, 2017
Minnesota’s drive chart against Nebraska. pic.twitter.com/xQUMfJ1TyF— Brian Christopherson (@Husker247BC) November 11, 2017
Minnesota, which nobody would confuse with a great team, has 30 points and more than 300 yards at halftime against Nebraska. Hope Bob Diaco rented instead of bought in Lincoln.— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) November 11, 2017
Pretty sick feeling. Wow.. 53 to this team given the personnel > hurt than 77 in Lubbock..— Damon Benning (@damonbenning) November 11, 2017
Thoughts as Nebraska is getting whipped: The head Moos might want to look into getting alcohol for Black Friday.— Mike Schaefer (@mikejschaefer) November 11, 2017
Man that stadium on Black Friday is going to be a fascinating study in fan support.— Mike'l Severe (@MikelSevere) November 11, 2017
All jokes aside.... there isn’t any quit in Tanner Lee & JD Spielman. #Huskers fans should watch every game just for those two.— Nick Gregath (@Husker_Nick) November 11, 2017
Final AP Poll in 1995 with 2017 records:— Matt Smith (@MattSmithCFB) November 11, 2017
1. Nebraska (4-6)
2. Florida (3-6)
3. Tennessee (4-5)
4. Florida State (3-5)
5. Colorado (5-5)