You Big Ten people haven’t been told the full story of Nebraska football.
Sure, the Cornhuskers have been one of the most-successful programs in the nation over the last half-century. But they haven’t pushed around the Big Ten.
In fact, NU (sorry, Northwestern) has losing records against six of its 11 new conference mates. Including (hold on to something here, people) Indiana and Minnesota.
Nebraska’s records vs. the rest of the Big Ten:
Michigan State 5-0-0
Ohio State 0-2-0
Penn State 6-7-0
The story was a little different against the programs from the Big 12 that it just left. Sure, that’s because Nebraska was playing those teams the last several decades, while its games against the Hoosiers and Gophers were almost entirely long ago. But why split hairs?
Indiana hasn’t beaten Nebraska since 1959 if we want to get into details. And their last meeting was a 69-17 Huskers triumph in Bloomington in 1978. But Indiana scored wins by scores of 54-13, 54-0, and 54-14 in 1943, 1944 and 1945. The real Big Red then was the crimson of the Hoosiers.
Anyway, Nebraska is 476-178-16 against the 11 teams it shared a conference with last year. Included is 86-17-2 against Iowa State.
However, the Huskers are:
38-45-3 vs. Oklahoma
4-10-0 vs. Texas
0-3-1 vs. USC
2-6-0 vs. Florida State
5-7-0 vs. Syracuse
6-15-3 vs. Pittsburgh
Nebraska has only played Pitt twice since 1958, but every game counts. Right?
By the way, you can find info like this and a lot more at College Football Data Warehouse. I love that site.
Oh yeah, this breaks my promise last week to back off a little on writing about Nebraska in the offseason. I don’t care.