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    1997 NU vs Mich 032412.jpg

    Let's get back to football.

    So I did this graph a few years back during a similar discussion. Sagarin Predictor uses margin of victory. 97 NU had an average mov of 30.2, whereas UM has an average mov of 17.3, thus no surprise NU averages higher. However, I would say it's more than that. NU destroyed aTm and Tennessee their last 2 games and was peaking at the right time. Michigan was solid, but unimpressive their last 3 games, but give them credit for taking care of business against Penn State. Michigan fans like to point to the Colorado game as a direct comparison / bragging rights, however, Mich played CU at home the first game of the season, whereas NU played the last game, and of course it was a rivalry game. NU had big wins over very good teams like Kansas State (11-1), aTm (9-4), and Tennessee(11-2). Penn State (9-3) was Mich's only statement game. NU pretty much kicked butt all season except for the Missouri and Colorado games, whereas Mich played solid but not dominant football, and of course hung on against WSU.

    Advantage Nebraska.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redroy View Post
    1997 NU vs Mich 032412.jpg

    Let's get back to football.

    So I did this graph a few years back during a similar discussion. Sagarin Predictor uses margin of victory. 97 NU had an average mov of 30.2, whereas UM has an average mov of 17.3, thus no surprise NU averages higher. However, I would say it's more than that. NU destroyed aTm and Tennessee their last 2 games and was peaking at the right time. Michigan was solid, but unimpressive their last 3 games, but give them credit for taking care of business against Penn State. Michigan fans like to point to the Colorado game as a direct comparison / bragging rights, however, Mich played CU at home the first game of the season, whereas NU played the last game, and of course it was a rivalry game. NU had big wins over very good teams like Kansas State (11-1), aTm (9-4), and Tennessee(11-2). Penn State (9-3) was Mich's only statement game. NU pretty much kicked butt all season except for the Missouri and Colorado games, whereas Mich played solid but not dominant football, and of course hung on against WSU.

    Advantage Nebraska.
    Nice work, Redroy.
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    U of M fans just learned one of the two facts. The first is never get involved in a land war in Asia; the second is never get in fan poll with NU fans when football is on the line.
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    I'm tired of winning virtual titles

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    Quote Originally Posted by unmartin View Post
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    Amen!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by unmartin View Post
    I'm tired of winning virtual titles

    Exactly what virtual titles have you won?
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    Michigan can complain all they want but we got the better trophy.

    Also, I would wager that Nebraska managed to stay more relevant than Michigan since 1997. Yes, the 2001 season was kind of a debacle, but we still managed to scrape our way to the title game. By comparison, Michigan fell off the map after 1997 while Nebraska sort of slowly slid into mediocrity.
    5 National Titles. 9 Undefeated Seasons. 50 Bowl Appearances. 43 Conference Championships. 10 Division Titles.

    3 Heisman Winners. 54 Consensus All-Americans. 28 Major Award Winners. 23 College Football Hall of Famers.

    There is No Place Like Nebraska.








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