Nebraska Football: Now Isn't the Time for Finger Pointing, Only Acceptance

J.P. Scott@TheJPScottSenior Analyst IOctober 7, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 6:  Head Coach Bo Pelini of the Nebraska Cornhuskers checks on one of his injured players during a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on October 6, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Nebraska 63-38.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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How did you think an inexperienced, inconsistent, Bo Pelini-coached Nebraska football team would fare in a prime time game against a Top 10-caliber team in one of the most historically difficult places to win?

How did you think it would go?

If you've watched any Nebraska football during the Pelini era, you understand that Saturday night's game with Ohio State went exactly the way you should have expected it to.

For the next two weeks, Husker players, coaches, fans and media will do a lot of talking. They'll talk about what went wrong, what could have been done better and what needs to happen to prevent what happened in Columbus from happening again.

But it will only be talk.

The fact is, these are your Bo Pelini-era Cornhuskers. This is what you get—nothing more, nothing less. 

You get nine wins, three or four losses, a shot at a division title and a second-tier bowl game.

The Huskers will lose one game every season that most fans think they should not have lost. Make no bones about it, Saturday's game was not one of those—it better not have been.

Let's not point the finger at how careless Taylor Martinez is with the football during big games on the road. We already knew that. We accept it.

Don't point the finger at the mental mistakes that lead to field-position shifting penalties. That's Bo Pelini football. We see it every week. We accept it.


Please, do not point the finger at Nebraska's inability to stop running quarterbacks. Come on, people. You know better. Bo Pelini has one victory over a running quarterback. That was Robert Griffin III during his freshman season at Baylor. We accept it.

Don't point the finger at a defensive coordinator with a resume no more impressive from a football standpoint than that of over half the people reading this article. If you've done your research, you already knew about it and were alright with it. He's Bo's "yes man." We accept it.

Whatever you do, don't point the finger and complain about Ohio State running up the score with a dive play courtesy of is third-string tailback. Idaho State called. They want to know how it tastes.

It's time for Nebraska fans to understand, once and for all, that history entitles you to nothing. Nobody cares about national championships your team won decades ago. Nobody cares about your traditions, your three Heisman winners, your sellout streak, your walk-on program—nobody. Nobody except Nebraska fans.

None of that entitles you to compete for conference or national titles. The college football landscape has changed. Nebraska is a slightly-above average football team in an average football conference. Every once in a while, Nebraska might field a team with conference championship aspirations. More often than not, they'll field a nine-win team with Capital One Bowl aspirations.

This is the Bo Pelini era. This is the new Nebraska football. It's time we all accept it.