Published on 01-07-2014 11:56 PM
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It has been said that bowl games originally served as vacation inspiration. Fans of teams in cold weather states should take a trip over the holidays to watch their beloved school play a game in some warm and sunny city (Pasadena, Miami, San Diego, Tempe, etc.). Along the way, the idea got all twisted and confused as decidedly non-exotic vacation destinations like Boise, Shreveport, and Detroit also got bowl games. But it is tough to argue with spending a week or two in sunny Florida - unless you're in Jacksonville during what appeared to be the rainy season.
Despite the relatively poor weather, it appeared as if the Huskers had a good trip. Players were rewarded for a good (but not great) season, the seniors got one last chance to play with the "N" on their helmets, and most importantly, the team got an extra few weeks of practice that can only help their chances in 2014. Being able to beat a ranked team from the SEC? That is a just a cherry on top.
There are some who say that bowl wins don't matter, but I disagree. This was a good win, for reasons we'll dig into below. Besides, it is good to return to the days when Nebraska was regularly beating the SEC in bowl games. Hopefully next time it will be as meaningful as the victories over LSU, Alabama, Florida, and Tennessee that helped Nebraska win four of their five national championships.
So what did we learn?
Husker Nation's glass will be half full until the Red/White Scrimmage, if not August 30. There is nothing like a bowl win to raise the mood of the fan base and their opinion of the program - especially when that win is over a ranked team from the big, bad SEC. The Huskers' win ensures that the discussions around the team will be more positive than negative, which has a huge impact on the collective mood of the state.
Don't believe me? Just think of the doom and gloom being proclaimed from the radio hosts, message boards, bloggers, and print media writers if Nebraska had blown that lead against Georgia. What would your opinion of Pelini and