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and The Morning After

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Scott Frost going undefeated in his second year at University of Central Florida might have been the worst thing for the Nebraska fan base.

It has possibly skewed the expectations about how long it may take to get the program humming again.

Are we two years away? Five? Maybe eight years away from getting things turned around? That appears to be the discussion among fans as we can all agree on one thing. We are not there now.

While Nebraska was out-classed in every facet, I do not believe that Nebraska is as far behind Ohio State as the 38-0 first half score indicated. They are behind, don’t get me wrong but the gap is not as wide as that score indicates.

In order the win the game, Nebraska had to play almost mistake-free football and get some breaks. Instead, Nebraska turned the ball over three times in the first half and the snow ball starting rolling down the hill and Nebraska couldn’t stop it.

Turnovers are the great equalizer. When the undermanned team is the one turning the ball over then a blowout should be expected. At this point the talent and execution is not to the point that Nebraska can overcome the turnovers against a team like Ohio State. We have seen that Nebraska can overcome turnovers against teams like Illinois.

The gap can be bridged, but it remains to be seen how long it may take.


The Morning After

Steven M. Sipple: A Big Ten monster spoils Big Red party, but Huskers can't let it ruin season | Football | journalstar.com
Ten hours before kickoff Saturday, Nebraska football coach Scott Frost seemed loose. He smiled during his appearance on ESPN's "College GameDay." He seemed at ease.

But he also said something that gave me pause as he discussed quarterback Adrian Martinez.

Just a Single Takeaway from Nebraska's 48-7 Loss to Ohio State | Hail Varsity
Normally, this story gets published with three takeaways from the game that was. We’re changing it this week.

Because in Nebraska’s 48-7 loss to No. 5 Ohio State (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten), there’s only really one take that matters.

Huskers see Buckeyes where they want to be - 24/7 Nebraska
Sometimes the defeat is so severe, the difference between the teams so stark, the losing side must come to grips and simply say it about the other guys: That is what we want to look like. Or at least sit where they sit.

Report Card: Ugly loss, ugly marks - 24/7 Nebraska
An ugly night unfolded in the confines of Memorial Stadium as the Huskers struggled against a very good and very game Ohio State team.

Here's the grades for Nebraska.

Notable quotes from after Nebraska and Ohio State- 24/7 Nebraska
Nebraska football suffered a disappointing 48-7 loss to Ohio State on Saturday night in Lincoln, and after the game, head coach Scott Frost and Nebraska's four captains met with media to discuss the loss.

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The Buckeyes went on the road to Lincoln and thoroughly dominated the Huskers

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After a 4-0 start to the season, many ‘analysts’ wondered from their couches if Ohio State is actually legit, or if the level of competition has just been subpar. With College Gameday in attendance, Nebraska was expected to be the first true test for the Buckeyes in the 2019 season. If that was what a test looks like, then Ohio State passed with flying colors, as the good guys went into Lincoln and dismantled the Cornhuskers 48-7 in a hostile environment.