The University of Nebraska men’s football team, known by fans as the Cornhuskers, was once a perennial power, a top ten team that compiled winning records with regularity and played in the country’s best bowl games.
But nothing lasts forever. The team from the Midwest fell on hard times (relatively speaking) for several years. And while this proud program managed to get invitations to bowl games almost every season, they weren’t the “top bowl games.”
The football team’s fortunes took a turn for the better in 2014. Under new Head Coach Mike Riley, who replaced Bo Pelini in mid-season, the Cornhuskers compiled an encouraging 9-4 Won-Loss record (5-3 in the Western Division of the very tough Big Ten Conference) and earned an invitation to the Holiday Bowl where it was defeated by the Trojans of the University of Southern California (USC).
Coach Riley and his team approached the 2015 Season with high hopes and expectations. However, the squad lost its first game last week at home to Brigham Young University (BYU) by a score of 33-28. It was disheartening, but the Cornhuskers remain confident.
The team will play six more games at home in this 2015 Season. They will host the University of Southern Mississippi in the school’s “Homecoming Game” on September 26th. Nebraska will also receive a visit from the very tough and highly-ranked Wisconsin Badgers on October 10th, Northwestern on October 24th, Michigan State’s fifth-ranked Spartans on November 7th and the University of Iowa on November 27th.
The squad’s five road games feature battles against some very difficult Conference foes. For instance, Nebraska will travel to Illinois on October 3rd to do battle with “The Fighting Illini.” They’ll visit the University of Minnesota on October 17th, the Purdue Boilermakers on October 31st and the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers on November 14th. There is also a tough game on the schedule on September 19th. That’s when the Cornhuskers will take on the University of Miami in South Beach.
The loss of the season’s first game at home was definitely not what the team’s players and Head Coach expected. The shocking loss could easily impact the entire schedule, but it is unlikely because this group of Cornhuskers is mentally tough and very confident.
It remains to be seen if that kind of positive attitude will translate into wins on the gridiron. The guess is that the proud Cornhuskers will have a winning season and that good fortune for this squad will begin at home this Saturday, against the University of South Alabama.
Solid coaching, quality players and unshakeable determination could, and should, produce positive results.
Courtesy of University of Nebraska-Lincoln