Nebraska Cornhuskers Salivating Over Big 10 Opponents
In just over a month, the college football season will be in full swing with the Nebraska Cornhuskers much-anticipated arrival in the Big 10. Nebraska has a 39-6 record (.867) against current Big 10 teams since 1962, with 11 victories and only one loss since 1985 (a 40-7 blowout suffered at Penn State in 2002). However, the team only has a record of 78-68-9 (.532) against its 11 new conference rivals all-time. Nebraska’s school record against its slate of Big 10 opponents in 2011 is 64-56-5 (.532) with winning records against Michigan State (5-0), Iowa (26-12-3), Northwestern (2-1), and Wisconsin (3-2), and losing records against Penn State (6-7), Minnesota (20-29-2), Michigan (2-3), and Ohio State (0-2). The Cornhuskers also have a winning record against Illinois (7-2-1) and losing records against Indiana (7-9-3) and Purdue (0-1).
The only thing that matters is what happens starting in October.
Historic statistics are not significant here. However, prospects look good for the Huskers football program this year with Wisconsin having to replace its quarterback and significant others on the O-Line, Ohio State melting down, and getting to play Michigan State and Iowa in Lincoln. However, the other Big Ten teams are no cake walks either, so Nebraska must play very well in all Big Ten games to be its champion and this means playing much more consistently in 2011 which may be more than a little difficult with a new Offensive Coordinator and playbook. If all goes well, though, the Huskers should win most if not all of its Big Ten games if it wants to.