Still-To-Be-Named Nebraska Column: Uncertainty And... Softball?

SportMonkAnalyst IMay 31, 2009

JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 1:  Head coach Bo Pelini of the Nebraska Cornhuskers yells to his team during the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium January 1, 2009 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

97 days until Florida Atlantic.

What type of Nebraska team will show up to play? Can Bo whip the boys into shape to contend for a conference title so soon, or are we in for another rebuilding season to undo the damage Callahan/Pederson caused?

I just started my internship with The Oklahoman on Thursday and I've been covering the Women's College World Series here in Oklahoma City, so college football has been fairly removed from my mind.

GASP! I know. It's crazy to think that another sport would ever dominate my mind more than college football. Don't get me wrong–I can't get enough of college basketball, the NFL, the NBA, golf (only when Tiger is playing) and college baseball every once in a while, but college football was always there in the back of my mind.

Maybe this is what the rest of the world thinks like. Frankly, a mind not dominated by college football is a little scary to me. Maybe college football crazies are just the right amount of insane. Who knows.

Either way, I realized there is more to the world than college football. "Come on, now, women's softball? Are you serious?" Watch a few games. You'll be surprised how fun it is to watch. They got me hooked.

But back to the point. Football season is swiftly approaching and there are still too many unknowns for Nebraska. I'm not sure who our starting quarterback is even going to be. And for me, games at Memorial Stadium with Nate Swift not on the field is going to be unnerving too.

We're solid at running back. Between Helu and Castille, that should be a wrap. Until Bo really gets a choke-hold on things defensively, that's always a big question too.

In a time of such uncertainly, what can we grasp on to?

We've been in the preseason rankings anywhere from 24th to 28th, that I've seen. We're on the bubble because the rest of the country is unsure whether or not we'll be a bang or a bust. But we can hold on to the fact that 24th to 28th is as close to being ranked as we've been in what seems like forever.

So Husker fans, we've only got 97 games before we see the new Huskers on the field and only two weeks after that before we see them truly tested.

Sound off.

In other news, I need a name for my column series on Nebraska. Let's make it a contest. The person that suggests the winning name gets...

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