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The best Nebraska can do now is end the regular season at 9-3, one loss worse than last year. Nebraska played itself out of a conference title game with two embarrassing road losses and a still-mystifying defeat at home to Northwestern.
There’s no way to say that Nebraska’s inaugural season in the B1G hasn’t been a disappointment, based on the expectations the team and the fans had coming into the season yet.
But the season isn’t a failure. Not yet. A win over Iowa in the Corn Bowl (I refuse to use the absurdly self-important moniker given to the game) would still put Nebraska at 9-3, where many commentators (including one pretty smart and good-looking guy) thought it would finish. It would also likely mean a New Year’s Day bowl, and kicking off a series against a supposed rival off well.
But a loss to Iowa? At home? With a trophy on the line? And dropping to 8-4 and getting a serious bowl downgrade? Now that would be a failure of a season.
So I don’t want to hear anything about a letdown after Nebraska’s drubbing at the hands of the Wolverines. NU has tons to play for on Black Friday. We’ll see if they’ve got the character to stand up and win it.
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