2011 Nebraska Football: Anything Less Than a National Championship Is a Failure

Kyle SurfaceCorrespondent IJuly 31, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 04:  Head coach Bo Pelini of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads his team against the Oklahoma Sooners at Cowboys Stadium on December 4, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. The Sooners beat the Cornhuskers 23-20.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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The days are long, the skirts are short and the temperature is hot.  Nebraska football frenzy is about to take full effect.

As a child growing up in the Cornhusker state, one of my most vivid recollections is being seven years old and asking my father who he thought we would play in the national championship game. The catch was that it was only the second game of the season.

There used to be a cockiness about Nebraska football. It was never a matter of "Can Nebraska make it to nine wins?'".  It was "Who is the one team that stands in our way of the title game". I say it is about time to bring that cockiness back.

As we enter the fourth year of the Bo Pelini regime, it is time to take the training wheels off of our expectations.  Ohio State is in the basement, Michigan doesn't know which way is up and a little critter called a Wisconsin Badger is supposed to be our biggest fear. Really? Where I come from, we use to take care of badgers with a garden hose and a shovel.

Tim Beck has been handed a loaded weapon on offense, and all he needs to do is aim and pull the trigger. Taylor 'T-Magic' Martinez is healthy and will be running an offense suited to his strengths, Jamal Turner is going to be the most electrifying true freshman in college football and Rex Burkhead is going to win the Heisman.  For the first time in a awhile, our offense has no excuses. 

On defense, Jared Crick is going to anchor the D-line, Cameron Meredith's mustache is going to land him the cover of GQ, Lavonte David is going to make himself a top-5 pick in the NFL Draft and Bo Pelini is going to work his magic to ensure that the nation's 5th ranked secondary doesn't skip a beat after losing its core to the NFL.

As we gear up for the 2011 season, it is time for Husker fans to raise the bar on our expectations. This is Nebraska football.  We are supposed to be national championship contenders every year. That is the way it was, is and always should be.

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose.