Nebraska fans – rejoice.
Saturday’s 35-32 win over No. 22 Oregon was a good one. Maybe even will be considered a “great” one down the road. Time will tell. Until then, sorry if I’m not going to shed a tear of joy.
I hate to be this guy.
Nebraska’s win over Oregon will cause a lot of overreaction. Everyone will likely be guilty of it - the media, fans, recruits, etc.
There will be hot takes bundled inside questions.
Has Nebraska turned the corner?
Are the Huskers a playoff contender?
Can Nebraska finish with a top ten class?
I’m a Riley guy. I think he will get it done in Lincoln. I have been from the very beginning. And I didn’t even back off those thoughts after a 6-7 opening first-year.
So with the same caution, I’m going to say slow down on the Oregon win.
Some reasons why:
1.) Oregon running back Royce Freeman exited the game in the first quarter. He’s an All-American. After all he’s rushed for 3,200 yards the last two seasons. Injuries are part of the game, but the Ducks were forced to put the ball in an inexperienced quarterback’s hands a lot more than they probably wanted to.
2.) Stupidness is also part of the game, but how does Oregon leave points off the scoreboard with their two-point attempts? Anyone else playing Huskers straight up has that game in overtime.
But here is the biggest.
3.) The Ducks flying V isn’t exactly what it used to be. You do realize they went 9-4 last year and returned just 11 starters? A good portion of the Oregon fan base wouldn’t be upset if head coach Mark Helfrich was told to walk. This isn’t Oregon five years ago. In June I actually made the case the Ducks would be only Nebraska’s fourth toughest opponent. Let’s put it this way…if the polls had not come out until the beginning of week three, Oregon wouldn’t have likely been ranked. Wins over UC Davis and Virginia didn’t exactly please the masses.
Next up Northwestern. They are down. But it is also a squad that beat the Huskers last year. Nebraska is just 3-2 over the Wildcats since joining the Big Ten. The record could easily be 2-3 without some magic from a backup walk-on quarterback and a guy named Westy.
Enjoy the win Nebraska fans. You definitely deserve that much. I’m not trying to be a Debbie Downer. I’m just trying to be realistic. The Huskers beat a team that will probably win 8 to 9 games in their home stadium as the Vegas favorite. You did realize Nebraska was the favorite, correct? Judging by some reactions, I doubt it.
Don't get snatched up in the overreaction college football cycle.