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How bad is this loss to Illinois?

BubbaGene

Fossil
10 Year Member
I'm trying to wrap my brain around ranking these bad losses. Most need more post season reflection to really determine how it ranks, and there is context and criteria that need to be defined. In my simple mind, that great '83 team losing to Miami in the OB was worse than yesterday. Yesterday to me was just another loss for a underperforming, perplexingly coached football team. What did Nebraska lose yesterday? A grip on third to last place in the conference?
 

Bigger Ed

Red Shirt
2 Year Member
I'm trying to wrap my brain around ranking these bad losses. Most need more post season reflection to really determine how it ranks, and there is context and criteria that need to be defined. In my simple mind, that great '83 team losing to Miami in the OB was worse than yesterday. Yesterday to me was just another loss for a underperforming, perplexingly coached football team. What did Nebraska lose yesterday? A grip on third to last place in the conference?
For me, it's more how the loss affects the program than the game/season. Yes, losing to Miami in '83 was a disappointment. The team underperformed. That happened. But it wasn't the last straw that broke the camel's back.

IMO, yesterday's loss opened the door to legitimate concerns regarding Frost's coaching acumen and his tenure at NU. It's not that we lost a game we should have won; it's more that it's not surprising that we did.
 

BubbaGene

Fossil
10 Year Member
For me, it's more how the loss affects the program than the game/season. Yes, losing to Miami in '83 was a disappointment. The team underperformed. That happened. But it wasn't the last straw that broke the camel's back.

IMO, yesterday's loss opened the door to legitimate concerns regarding Frost's coaching acumen and his tenure at NU. It's not that we lost a game we should have won; it's more that it's not surprising that we did.
I can truly see what you're saying, but for me those doors to legitimate concerns about SF were already wide open. And because I am not surprised by the loss.... well... it's just another loss, not really any worse than losing at home to Troy, for example. In other words, a this point in futility ... a loss is loss is a loss....
 
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Hooked on Huskers

I'm old as a rock
5 Year Member
Not even close against weaker and weak Illini team. At home.

More pouring salt in an open wound.

I'm tired "Next Season"
 

HuskerWeatherman

Feral Cat
20 Year Member
There were 2 such games in 1996. ASU and Texas
In 1992 NU was a 29 point favorite over ISU
Thanks for helping me remember those games
Yeah, I definitely should have remembered the 92 ISU one, as that was Osborne's only loss to a team with a losing record.

ASU is 96 ended up being a great team, but no one knew that when we played them.
 

Scott in NY

Recruit
2 Year Member
For me, it's more how the loss affects the program than the game/season. Yes, losing to Miami in '83 was a disappointment. The team underperformed. That happened. But it wasn't the last straw that broke the camel's back.

IMO, yesterday's loss opened the door to legitimate concerns regarding Frost's coaching acumen and his tenure at NU. It's not that we lost a game we should have won; it's more that it's not surprising that we did.
This. Osborne didn't get fired two years after that loss. Frost might.
 
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