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Lightning or Not, Nebraska Football Is Back

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 23 Nebraska at Iowa Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It’s finally time!

Nebraska Football is back!

I am taking over this column from Nate this year, letting you know why Nebraska will win each week.

I am here to reassure you that you can relax, because Nebraska is going to win.

#1: SCOTT FROST DOESN’T LOSE SEASON OPENERS (LIGHTNING DOESN’T COUNT)

Looking at Scott Frost’s record as a head coach, he is 2-0 for season openers. While he was at Oregon, from 2012-2015, they were also undefeated in their season openers. Now you may be thinking what about last year? Lightning doesn’t count, because Mother Nature always wins.

But man was that stadium fun, while the fans were trying to wait out the delay.

Let’s never forget Toto:

#2: THE PLAYERS ARE READY TO PUT ON A SHOW

The only lightning we want to see on Saturday is Adrian Martinez and crew flashing all over the field.

This team has been working hard this off season and these players are ready to show us what they can do in a game.

Some quick Martinez to JD Spielman, Jack Stoll and Wan’Dale Robinson touchdowns can start us out. Mix in a couple more by Dedrick Mills and Maurice Washington and Nebraska will be on top.

The defense can step up with a couple Mo Barry sacks and a pick six from Dicaprio Bootle. And then we can see what our second and third string players can do.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 03 Nebraska at Ohio State Photo by Adam Lacy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

#3: SOUTH ALABAMA IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SUNBELT CONFERENCE

The Jaguars have their own “Thunder and Lightning” with Tra Minter and Kawaan Baker. But, that doesn’t change the fact that they are last place in their conference.

South Alabama is only projected to win two to three games this year and Nebraska isn’t one of them. Vegas has them as the 36 point underdog.

The only other time South Alabama and Nebraska have met was in 2015 and the Huskers won 48-9. This was Mike Riley’s first win, weeks after his team was the first in 29 years to lose the season opener. (I’m not bitter or anything.)

Additionally, Nebraska is 9-1 all time against current members of the Sunbelt Conference. That one lose coming last year to Troy.

#4: NEBRASKA IS 13-0 IN ALL-TIME IN AUGUST

Looking back, not only has Nebraska has won all games played in August, they’ve won most of them by a large margin. Only three of these games were won by less than two touchdowns. The closest of those being a Husker team led by lightning fast Taylor Martinez, against Wyoming on August 31, 2013. Nebraska won that game 37-34.

In 2002 the Huskers played two games in August. They beat Arizona State 48-10 on August 24th and Troy State 31-16 on August 31.

August is a great month for Nebraska.

#5: THE KOOL-AID TASTES TOO GOOD

Nebraska has had a lot of hype swirling around them in this preseason.

Adrian Martinez is in early talks for a Heisman. Nebraska has been picked to win the Big Ten West, and the idea of being Big Ten Champions has been thrown out as well. There has even been talk of Nebraska possibly entering the College Football Playoff.

While these are high expectations for a young team that finished 4-8 last season, we created the Kool-Aid here in Nebraska so why shouldn’t we drink it up.

Scott Frost’s second season playing at Nebraska ended in a National Championship. Could lightning strike twice in his second season as coach?