Just a couple of days after picking Georgia to beat Clemson…
Daily Archives: August 29, 2021
I found this an interesting Twitter discussion between Gator fans.
Hindsight is as undefeated in Gainesville as it is everywhere else on the planet. I love how the dude’s argument quickly morphed in the face of David’s rebuttal from coaching the talent up (how far up is your fourth string QB gonna go?) to it being a recruiting failure.
Players and coaches spent the offseason focusing on the errors that have contributed to Nebraska going 12-20 with three fifth-place finishes in the Big Ten West Division since Frost returned to the program he quarterbacked to a national title in 1997. Frost felt he had his best team entering the season, one with the experience and maturity to play cleaner games in a conference that punishes the error prone.
But Huskers blunders contributed to almost every Illinois score on Saturday, starting with Cam Taylor-Britt catching a punt inside of his 2-yard line and being dropped for a safety while attempting to fling the ball out of the end zone. Nebraska appeared to be in control up 9-2 when Taylor-Britt intercepted a pass from Illinois backup quarterback Art Sitkowski. But linebacker Caleb Tannor was flagged for roughing Sitkowski, and also received an unsportsmanlike conduct foul on the play. The Illini drove for a game-tying touchdown.
Disaster struck in the final minute of the first half as Martinez fumbled and Illinois’ Calvin Hart Jr. recovered and raced 41 yards to the end zone. Nebraska’s lone turnover along with five penalties and two missed extra-point attempts from Connor Culp, the 2020 Big Ten Kicker of the Year, all contributed to the program’s first-ever loss in August.
Nebraska lost to an inferior opponent by 8 in a game where it missed two PATs, gave up a cheap safety on a misjudged punt and a touchdown on a scoop and score. Frost got outcoached by Bert, who hadn’t coached a college game in three seasons. Four years into his term and his team looks like a complete mess.
Worse, though, is how you go about replacing him as the season goes south. He’s got a huge buyout and if the hometown hero can’t fix things, who’s out there who can?
The only fans who are less happy than Husker fans appear to be Georgia fans who believe that a head coach who can’t enjoy some level of success over his first five years against Nick Saban is a failure.
Color me more surprised that nobody picked Alabama than Corso picking the Dawgs.