Nebraska prepares for life in the Big Ten

The Nebraska Cornhuskers hope its first season in the Big Ten will be "Legendary", but the Huskers certainly have their work cut out for them if they are to reach the Big Ten championship game. Consider the following.

The Huskers haven't won a conference title since 1999. They also have not beaten a top ten team away from home since the 2000 Fiesta Bowl. They haven't won a road game against a top ten team since winning at the Washington Huskies in 1997 (the last season under legendary coach Tom Osborne) and haven't won a road game against a team which finished in the top ten since 1995 when they won at the Kansas Jayhawks. Note Nebraska visits the Wisconsin Badgers in their very first Big Ten game (a Saturday night game on either ABC/ESPN/ESPN2).

Nebraska Cornhuskers
In Last Eight Losses

Since the start of the 2000 season, Nebraska is 2-19 against top 15 teams, 2-14 against top ten teams and 1-9 against top five teams, with the lone win coming at home against the Oklahoma Sooners during the 2001 season. Of those nine losses against top five teams, seven of them have been by at least 17 points. As the numbers suggest, they can't break through against the upper echelon teams in the country.

Then there are the offensive woes. In their last eight losses, Nebraska has scored a total of five offensive touchdowns (11.3 PPG) and committed 24 turnovers. Making matters worse, of those eight losses, five have come by a FG or fewer and they have allowed under 17 points in half of those eight losses. In fact the defense has allowed an average of 17.5 PPG in those eight losses.

Unless the offense improves, odds are a loss will find them in Madison, against the Ohio State Buckeyes or both.