The Nebraska Cornhuskers took a road trip the Rose Bowl this weekend and things definitely did not go according to plan. The UCLA Bruins took it to the Cornhuskers in all phases of the game, especially in the second half.
After a disappointing group effort and a few days to take a step back and re-evaluate, fans must learn that this is not the end of the world. The Cornhuskers did not start 2-0 for the first time since 2004, but that does not mean the season is ruined.
A shame, yes, but the world is not ending; at least, not yet. Fans know that this team is not national championship caliber. The offense is still inconsistent, and the defense is the same way. Only Taylor Martinez was claiming this off-season that the Cornhuskers are going to win a national championship. Quite a lofty goal for a young team that has not proven anything.
The good news about Saturday’s loss?
The Cornhuskers can still win the B1G 10 title. Being an non-conference game, the loss merely means pride and a chance at that national title. The Huskers can regroup, refocus, and still go out and win the conference. They do not have to worry about being a game behind anyone else.
Coach Bo Pelini is going to make sure the players “trust the process” and practice and prepare how they should. Players this off-season have been talking about how the team is more together than last year.
After an adversity like last Saturday night, we will know this coming weekend truly how much better this team can be compared to prior seasons.