It’s common — almost guaranteed — that fans go from Kool-Aid drinker to Chicken Little and vice versa faster than B1G teams drop from the ranks of the unbeaten. Husker fans are the most consistent fanbase in all of sports when it comes to packing seats and filling opposing team’s stadiums, but they are no different from other vested fanbases in terms of mood swings. When it comes to fan reactions after a win or a loss we* are as fickle as they come.
Case in point: Quarterback Taylor Martinez throws for 5 TDs in the Huskers’ season opening win versus Southern Mississippi and the Big Red fans clamor “T-Magic” is back and that he should have a website pimping him out for the Heisman instead of Rex Burkhead. His funky throwing mechanics were pretty much fixed! There’s no way he could throw for that many TDs if his throwing motion and footwork weren’t vastly improved right?! Just ignore that Oklahoma State game from a few years back. That was a fluke. This was for real.
Fast forward to a week later. Or 653 yards later. The Nebraska “Blackshirts” defense was torched for 653 yards, the 2nd most yards given up in school history during their 30-36 loss to the unranked, freshman-QB and 1st-year-college-head-coach-led UCLA Bruins. The sky is now falling.
So which is it?
Did Bo Pelini assemble an Oregon Duck East type of offense led by a Heisman caliber QB and RB and last week’s defensive performance was an aberration?
Or do we have a team full of Non-Callahan recruits that are slooooooow on D and unathletic on both lines, that has been giving up yards at a Cosgrovian pace and failed to outgun a freshman QB starting in his 2nd game ever?
The answer probably lies somewhere in the middle — at least we Husker fans hope. Before the season started we chalked up Arkansas State as an automatic win. But after seeing how the “Blackshirts” have performed in the 1st two games of the season, the Red Wolves could make Husker fans have flashbacks to Ball State in 2007. Let’s not forget spread-guru Gus Malzahn is the head man in Jonesboro.
We’ll find out more about the Huskers this Saturday, but we got some answers from Bo today during his press conference. Bo was obviously not satisfied and “sick to his stomach” about his team’s performance, but he also wasn’t shy about telling everyone he’s staying the course when asked about the talent level on his team and his defensive schematics:
I have to hand it to Bo for being calm and collected and not Nuclear Bo at the press conference today but this is now his 5th season as the leader of the program. I don’t live in Lincoln and I’m not sure how open the AD would be to giving the No Coast Bias crew media passes, so I figured the next best thing would be to present some food for thought for Bo on this website and hope he reads.
Bo, what if I told you…
…Ever since you said “Nebraska is back and we’re here to stay” after the 2009 Holiday Bowl, you are a pedestrian 13-9 against BCS opponents.
Bo, what if I told you…
…Your defenses didn’t get better as the season went on last year. A year after you lost a majority of your Callahan recruited defenders (see below).
Wisc – 486 total yards – 48 pts
Ohio State – 351 total yards – 27 pts
Minn – 254 total yards – 14 pts
MSU – 187 total yards – 3 pts
NW – 468 total yards – 28 pts
PSU – 375 total yards – 14 pts
Mich – 418 total yards – 45 pts
Iowa – 270 total yards – 7 pts
USCe – 351 total yards – 30 pts
Bo, what if I told you…
…These coaches have either won a conference title, national title or appeared in a BCS game: Urban Meyer, Kirk Ferentz, Brady Hoke, Bret Bielema and Mark Dantonio.
These coaches have NOT won a conference title or appeared in a BCS game: Bill O’Brien, Jerry Kill, Tim Beckman, Pat Fitzgerald, Kevin Wilson and Danny Hope.
Guess which group you’re currently in?
…50% of your 4-star and higher recruits from your hyped 2011 class are now either off the team or on the verge of eating their way out of ever seeing the field. I’m looking at you Todd Peat.
Husker fans, what if I told you…
…For all this we pay Bo a cool $2.775 million a year. That’s more than multi-time B1G Champions Bret Bielema and Mark Dantonio (see full list of coach salaries below).
- Urban Meyer, Ohio State $4.4 million
- Kirk Ferentz, Iowa $3.785 (WHAT!)
- Brady Hoke, Michigan $3.254
- Bo Pelini, Nebraska $2.775
- Bret Bielema, Wisconsin $2.598
- Bill O’Brien, Penn State $2.3
- Mark Dantonio, Michigan State $2.250
- Jerry Kill, Minnesota $1.7
- Tim Beckman, Illinois $1.6
- Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern $1.5
- Kevin Wilson, Indiana $1.26
- Danny Hope, Purdue $950,000
*Before you rip me in the comments section, I thought I’d mention I’m a 2006 grad and Lifetime Alumni Member. Up until this year, I haven’t missed a home opener since 2001.