Yesterday morning our fearless leader at Corn Nation, Jon Johnston, published a flakes with the following headline: Beat Purdue or Forget This Season. Give it a read.
I disagree, wholeheartedly.
While beating Purdue is probably required in order for Nebraska to get to a bowl game, it does not therefore follow that the season is lost if the Huskers lose.
To be clear, I am in no way predicting the following, but what if Nebraska finds a way to beat Wisconsin and/or Iowa to finish out the season?
Iowa has beaten Nebraska six straight times and Wisconsin has beaten the Huskers seven straight times. Brutal stuff.
What if Nebraska knocks them both down and finishes the season at 5-7? Or even just one of them and finishes 4-8. Does that make it a lost season? Beating a team for the first time in six or seven seasons means something to me.
In gauging whether it is a lost season I think we need to remind ourselves that Nebraska lost to (currently) #4 ranked Oklahoma by seven points. Lost to #6 ranked Michigan by three points. Lost to #8 ranked Michigan State by three points in overtime.
“But they lost,” you might say. “Frost continues to lose one score games, and that’s coaching.” It’s also coaching that he’s been in these games at all.
I am just as disgruntled and disillusioned as the next fan. Last week I was in a dark dark dark place as a Nebraska football fan. I started writing an article that I could only describe as bleak. I ended up throwing it in the proverbial trash can and moved on.
I am in the same camp as Sam McKewon, unless he has changed his mind since, as I also believe this is a two year process for deciding whether Frost is the right guy.
A loss to Purdue does not result in a lost season. A win against Purdue does not demonstrate the opposite. We have to look at the season as a whole and we aren’t to the end yet.
If this does end up being a lost season it won’t be because the Huskers lost to Purdue. It will be because Nebraska lost to Illinois and Minnesota.
Be Curious. Not Judgmental.
What Say You?
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Huskers flex depth in exhibition win over Peru State
Nebraska basketball kicked off its 2021-22 schedule on Wednesday night with a 97-58 exhibition win over Peru State at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Peru State took advantage of Nebraska’s gambling on defense in the first half and made the Huskers pay from beyond the arc. The Bobcats trailed just 39-31 at the half, but Nebraska used an 11-0 run early in the second half and a 33-8 advantage over the final 10 minutes of the game to pull away for a comfortable win.
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Purdue will travel to Memorial Stadium for the first time since 2018 to take on Nebraska.
To get some more perspective on the Boilermakers, HuskerOnline caught up with Gold and Black's Tom Dienhart in this week's "Ask the Expert" breakdown.
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NCAA football: Post-Week 8 bowl projections
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A lot will change over the final month of the 2021 season, but we'll at least have an idea of what the committee is thinking on Nov. 2, when the first set of rankings comes out. Right now, we're just guessing. But we think we have a pretty good idea.
NBA: Ja Morant carries chip on his shoulder
Memphis Grizzlies third-year guard Ja Morant is now widely viewed as an All-Star player. Though he has yet to officially be voted as such, he carries an annoyance with those who are just now becoming believers.
“I feel like it took me averaging 35 points a game to finally get some All-Star recognition,” Morant told Yahoo Sports. “But, I really can’t speak too much on that. I feel like my chip will never leave.”
“STICK TO SPORTS.” Nah.
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Teenage girls are seeking medical care for the sudden onset of tics, such as jerking motions and verbal outbursts, that specialists in pediatric movement disorders say are linked to watching TikTok videos that purport to show people with Tourette syndrome.
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