Those reporting on the Nebraska Cornhuskers are rarely without a story about the state’s favorite team. The 2013 season was an eventful one. Whether it was injuries, scandals or speculation over Bo Pelini’s future as the head coach, there was plenty to banter about not even including the on-field performance of the Huskers.
Some, especially Pelini, might consider the majority of the dialogue to be detrimental to the well-being of the program, but there is no doubt that the top two stories thus far in 2014 have been nothing but positive and should provide the perfect launching pad for a Huskers program poised for major improvements in 2014.
The first is of course the Huskers’ fantastic performance in the Gator Bowl. Nebraska traveled to Florida after it was widely reported that neither the Cornhuskers nor the Georgia Bulldogs were too thrilled with the matchup. This pairing was a rematch of the 2013 Capital One Bowl. Ticket sales did not meet expectations for the Big Ten vs. SEC matchup.
In the end, both teams had a respectable showing considering the less-than-desirable weather conditions. Leaving a frigid Lincoln Nebraska for warmer Jacksonville Florida seems like a no-brainer, but unfortunately for Huskers fans who made the trip, they were forced to sit through cooler temperatures in a rainy environment.
Those fans saw their Huskers play an exciting football game that resulted in Nebraska knocking off their SEC opponent, a feat that is greatly appreciated not only by Huskers Nation, but also by the rest of the Big Ten supporters around the country who revel in seeing the mighty SEC falter.
The game featured exciting plays, including a 99-yard touchdown pass to senior wideout Quincy Enunwa. The young defense put an exclamation point on their season, which began with low expectations and well exceeded them. Huskers fans should also be proud of their often-criticized coaching staff, who should hold their head high after it was clear that they out-coached their opponents on the day.
Next to follow was some hard work by the coaching staff as the Huskers are still putting the finishing touches on their recruiting class for the season. They got their biggest recruit and the best story of the year from within their own team as junior I back Ameer Abdullah committed to returning for his senior season.
It is hard to imagine 2014 getting off to a better start. Expectations for the rest of the year will be high, but with Abdullah and Pelini secure in their positions, they will not be unobtainable.