Nebraska football fans sweltered in upper-90-degree temperatures to watch NU’s season opener against Wyoming in Lincoln. But the real sweating didn’t start until late in the fourth quarter, well after the sun had gone down.
Nebraska held off a furious Wyoming rally, winning the game 37-34 to make NU 1-0 in the standings, but it left fans with a sense of deep foreboding for the season to come. After all, in the past three games, Nebraska has surrendered an average of 610 yards per game. And after a tune-up (we assume, perhaps rashly at this point) against Southern Mississippi, UCLA comes to town. You know, the UCLA squad that just racked up 58 points and 647 yards against Nevada in the Bruins’ season opener.
One of the reasons for Nebraska’s poor performance, of course, was an influx of new and inexperienced players. So let’s take a look at how those new starters graded out. As regular readers are aware, I am a soccer fan as well, so the grades will be on a soccer-style 1-10 scale.
Also, when I am referring to “new starters,” I will be including players who have had a start or two previously. But proceeding under the assumption that starting in the season opener suggests that Bo Pelini and Co. have plans to increase a player’s time on the field, I think it is fair to include those players as “new” starters with regard to a change in their roles for 2013.