Finally the players get to put on their pads, lace up their cleats and Husker Nation will be dressed in red as the Nebraska Cornhuskers begin their 2012 season Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Like it says in the fight song, “There is no place like Nebraska…” No words could be truer on game day in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Nebraska usually opens their season with a couple of tune-up games, before the serious talent appears on their schedule. That is not the case in 2012.
Nebraska begins their season against the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles.
Last season Southern Mississippi was the Conference USA champions with a record of 12-2. They ended their season with a win over Nevada in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.
Southern Mississippi has gone to 10 consecutive bowl games, but the Golden Eagles only return 10 starters from last year’s team.
Their head coach from last season, Larry Fedora, left to take the head coaching position at North Carolina. New head coach Ellis Johnson was on the opposite sideline in Nebraska’s last football game. Johnson was the defensive coach for South Carolina in 2011 (Nebraska lost to South Carolina, 30-13, in the Capital One Bowl).
While Southern Mississippi is an upgrade over the teams Nebraska has began their seasons against in the recent past, the Cornhuskers will match up well against the Golden Eagles on Saturday.
Here is a breakdown of how Nebraska and Southern Mississippi match up against each other….