The Nebraska Cornhuskers were one of the few teams who played well over the weekend, throttling Southern Mississippi 49-20 in a game where Taylor Martinez had a coming out party to the nation.
After the weekend of play, the Huskers did not move much in the polls, which is both disappointing yet not unexpected. Many voters are still basing their polls off their preseason projections. While certain teams ahead of the Huskers struggled with lower level opponents, Nebraska thoroughly put the beat down on.
The Cornhuskers even did so without star running back Rex Burkhead for most of the game. So what gives?
I do not think people voted low for the Huskers lack of play, but rather because it is just a single game. Sure, Martinez can throw the ball well against Southern Mississippi, but how will he handle it against Wisconsin, Michigan, and the rest of the Big-10.
There is no shame for the Huskers, however. There is nothing wrong with being under the radar. If anything, it gives the team more motivation. The Huskers have little respect outside of schools that have watched their tape so far.
And what better opportunity do they have than to go to the Rose Bowl and put a hurting on UCLA?
Nebraska is hoping to make two trips to southern California this fall, but if they cannot prove themselves this weekend, there will be a lot of question marks if they can make it back.
The football season still has a long way until the bowls are determined. A win this weekend could go a long ways to help the perception come then.