The Buckeyes are back on the road this weekend as they head to Lincoln (Neb.) to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers. It has not been a great season for Ohio State's opponent with a shocking loss to Northern Illinois during the non-conference season coupled with a tough loss a week ago to Wisconsin where the Badgers ran all over the blackshirts and handed the Huskers a 38-17 loss in a game that might not have even been that close.
Due to divisional play and a 14-team Big Ten, it has been six years since the Buckeyes have played at Nebraska. Luke Fickell was the interim head coach, the Buckeyes held a 27-6 lead 37 minutes into the game and then the bottom fell out and the Buckeyes ended up losing 34-27 as Nebraska scored 28 unanswered points during the final 23 minutes of the game.
That was a long time ago and things appear to be different for the road team who is marching into Lincoln as better than a three-touchdown favorite in this game behind an improving offense and stout defensive front.
But what do we know about the Cornhuskers? Are they better or worse than their 3-3 record indicates, or is that pretty spot-on? We are catching up with Sean Callahan, the publisher of HuskerOnline.com to find out more regarding the Cornhuskers as the Buckeyes get ready for their next game (7:30 pm - FS1).
BuckeyeGrove: How would Nebraska fans summarize the move to the Big Ten from a football sense and is there any sort of regret among fans?
Sean Callahan: I don’t there’s any regret at all, because quite frankly they had to get out of the Big 12, and when the Big Ten offers you almost have to take the invite. Do fans miss the short 2 to 3-hour road trips for road games? Sure. But they also are smart enough to understand what the Big Ten provides for Nebraska.
As for the football side of things, Nebraska has nobody to blame but themselves. They are in a division where they have the biggest stadium, most tradition, resources, best fan base and they recruit the highest ranked players, but still can’t develop a winning formula. That is probably what is the most frustrating thing for a lot of Husker fans. Especially when Iowa and Wisconsin win with a style Nebraska fans would love to win with.
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