Nebraska Needs to Keep up With Big Ten's Best Teams

By Connor Muldowney
Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Nebraska is one of the Big Ten‘s best teams. That is quite impressive seeing as they are the conference’s newest team and have already made an appearance in the title game.

Albeit, they lost to the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten title game in 2012, they had one of the best offenses in the conferences all season long, but it was their defense that did them in, losing 70-31. In fact, in their four losses in 2012, they allowed 53.5 points per game– quite the horrid statistic if you’re a Cornhusker.

The Cornhuskers need to rely on what they know– for now. They are an offensive team now with Taylor Martinez leading the way and new starting running back Ameer Abdullah dominating Big Ten defenses. Abdullah had an outstanding sophomore season in 2012 and showed flashes of what Nebraska should expect out of the talented running back for the next year or two.

However, the question remains; can they keep up with the Big Ten’s best teams?

They have a great history of winning, but it’s only a matter of time before Bo Pelini‘s seat becomes hot. He has led a handful a solid Nebraska teams but has never gotten them over the hump to become great.

That was evident last season when they accumulated 10 wins before the conference championship game. They got blown out in the title game and then proceeded to fall once again to Georgia in the Capital One Bowl. That can’t happen for a team looking to rise and conquer.

They return 13 starters next season, including Martinez, Kenny Bell and Abdullah, so they should be set on the offensive side of the ball. If the defense can turn it around, the Cornhuskers will be able to keep up with the conference’s best teams.

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