Goodbye Big 12: A Nebraska Husker Fan's Farewell to Each Big 12 Team
It's time to say goodbye.
After 14 years in the Big 12, Nebraska will be leaving the conference, along with teams it has played against for the last century.
I was born in 1991, so most of my football memories are from the Big 12. Every football season I knew who we were playing; we always played Missouri, Colorado, Kansas, Kansas State and Iowa State. Then we had the rotations of the Southern teams.
While this last season has been messy, I will miss the relationships and matchups that the last 14 years have brought.
I have never had a beef with you, probably because you never beat us in my lifetime. You were the underdog that I always rooted for, no matter who they were playing (with the exception of Nebraska).
The program has made great strides under Art Briles. I hope he commits to your program for the foreseeable future. Robert Griffin III is a beast. If you had him the last time we played, you probably would have beaten us.
Next year looks good for the Bears. I wish you the best of luck in the future.
I would feel bad, but you are leaving as well, so I don't really feel as bad.
You were one of our rivals; if we didn't beat you, we were in an uproar, and coaches would be yelled at. It will be very different and very odd not playing you every Friday after Thanksgiving.
The older fans see the rivalry as forced, a bad replacement for the Oklahoma game. While I would have liked to have the Oklahoma game every year, I enjoyed the Colorado rivalry game. We both did not like each other, and both teams put their best performances into the game. I will miss it.
You've still got the coolest mascot in college football. Good luck in the Pac-12—maybe we can meet in the Rose Bowl.
Dear Iowa State,
I never had a problem with you until last year, when all I heard about was the upset of Nebraska by Iowa State. Yes, you beat us, but it got really annoying after people kept bringing it up all the time. We beat you this year, but I don't offhandedly mention it all the time. Whatever—it is what it is.
Paul Rhoads seems like a good guy and someone who can consistently get Iowa State to a bowl game. It was really unfortunate what happened to Austen Arnaud. Good luck to you in the Big 12.
Never had an issue with the Jayhawks, except when you ran up the score in 2007, but it helped us fire Bill Callahan so it's all good. Now that you hired former Husker great Turner Gill, I like you guys even more.
We played you guys continuously for over 110 years. I will miss the annual series with Kansas.
This season may have been a disappointment, but if you give Gill some time, he will be a great coach and will bring continuous success to the Jayhawks. Good luck to you guys.
Dear Kansas State,
What can I say? The rivalry became a rivalry in the 1990s, but when Bill Snyder left, it went downhill. It was always pretty fun to play you guys.
I'm kind of disappointed you brought Snyder back. I know he is the greatest coach in Kansas State history, but you probably should have gone after a coach that will coach for the next 10 years, not someone who should be retired. Good luck getting a new head coach once Snyder retires again.
Hope you do well in the Big 12.
We leave you now, just when the rivalry was getting good again. We had some great games between us, and Missouri is definitely on the upswing.
Gary Pinkel might become the best coach in Missouri's history, but he still needs to win a conference championship before anyone can make that claim. You are in the best position out of any of the Big 12 North schools to do well in the future.
Maybe we can play again in the future, which I think will probably happen if the Big Ten expands. I did have issues with some of your fans, but hey, that's the point of being a rival—annoy the other team. Hope you guys can take the next big step. Good luck.
I will definitely miss the Oklahoma game; I grew up hearing about the classics. I spent most of my life in the Big 12 era, so while I will miss the rivalry, it does not mean as much as to me as the older generations of Nebraska fans.
You got the best of us in the final matchup. I guess you just cannot beat that "Sooner Magic."
You are my new favorite team in the Big 12, so I hope you guys dominate and we see you in a bowl game in the future. Good luck, and dominate the Big 12!
Dear Oklahoma State,
Um, I have never had any real feelings towards you. We had a great game this year, but other than that nothing really. I did not like you guys when you beat us, but that's pretty much the same with every team.
You guys do have a really nice stadium, and the fans I have met across the country, as well as on Bleacher Report, have been pretty nice. Mike Gundy has done better in recent years, and the three-headed monster was impressive. Just need to get a defense.
Good luck to you guys.
You always seemed to be our foil. No matter what, we always seemed to blow the game against you guys. I think the last win we had against you was in 1999. This year you beat us in our stadium, and then you had to lose the following five of six games to make the loss feel even worse—thanks for that.
I really wish we had beaten you guys. We had so many close games that came down to the wire, but we just could not win. Just like you guys had issues with Kansas State, we had issues with you.
Good luck to you guys in the future. I heard rumors you guys are going independent. That might work—we'll have to see how things play out.
Dear Texas A&M,
If this sounds like an insult, stop reading, but I always saw you guys like Nebraska's twin. Both have strong traditions with an emphasis on defense. We have the Blackshirts; you have the Wrecking Crew. We both have a mutual disdain for Texas.
We also both share a very successful head coach, Dana X. Bible, who won multiple conference championships at Nebraska and Texas A&M. You also had a bad marriage with a coach recently in Dennis Franchione, kind of like us with Bill Callahan.
I always wanted to go down to College Station, but now it seems unlikely. Good luck in the Big 12. You guys seem to be back on the track to glory.
Dear Texas Tech,
Recently you have had our number, winning four in a row in the series, while we had won the previous seven.
I have relatives that went to Texas Tech and as such are Red Raider fans. They have told me some very good things about the campus and the area. My relatives wanted me to go there for college as well, but I like the in-state tuition in Nebraska better.
I know that this season was not what you wanted, but Tommy Tuberville is a proven coach and should lead you guys to victory, assuming he can create a defense to match the high-powered offense. Good luck to you guys.