Since I’ve had such a great record making predictions it’s time for another one about 2014 Nebraska football.
The Huskers will easily roll over the remainder of the B1G West (me and a few random guys often the street could win that division) and so will continue to be a one loss team. They have a 45% chance of winning B1G since Michigan State is way over-rated and will be banged up by then, plus what few tricks MSU could possibly do they’ve shown in the first game.
So let’s just go ahead and assume they win that one too and therefore end the season as a one-loss team. Given the opinion the opinionaters have of B1G, they won’t, however, be ranked in the top-4 and may be lucky to even be in the top-10. But for sure they won’t get picked for the playoffs with the usual preference for SEC still dominating and then maybe letting in a Pac12 team. So Nebraska won’t get a chance to show how badly beaten they’d be by a quality team.
And therefore the fans, with their usual sense of championship entitlement, will scream bloody murder at the raw deal their obvious national champion team got. Everyone knows Huskers are national champion every year but someone always screws them out of it. The fact that B1G and this year even more so the Huskers play 1930s football (they should go back to the classy leather helmets to really do the part) just never registers with the fans. In Nebraska football is timeless so all the newfangled plays, like passing, are destroying the purity of the game, which is, of course, the QB runs every play behind a massive O-line.
But the thing the Husker fans miss is the money at the national level. Who wants to see a boring championship game? So even if somehow the Huskers did deserve to be in the playoffs that would cut the revenues a lot and since TV dominates everything, forget it Huskers. Until you have exciting style of play your audition for prime time will elude you.