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Playing in big-time games can make or break or program.
Every season there are one or two chances to be in a game that can change the perception of your program. The Huskers need a spark to take a step in the direction of improving. Nebraska is entering this game with Oklahoma as a 20+ point underdog. It’s not expected to hang in with a Sooners team that is No. 3 in the country and looking toward another College Football Playoff appearance.
The Huskers get another bite at the opportunity apple this weekend. Oklahoma is currently everything Nebraska wants to be under coach Scott Frost. The Sooners are a national power and yearly contender for the national championship. Coach Lincoln Riley’s team is an offensive-led program known for putting up points in bunches. They recruit elite talent on a yearly basis especially on offense.
Oklahoma looks a lot like what the best-case scenario was for Nebraska when Frost arrived in Lincoln. Most people expected these programs to mirror each other closer when Frost was hired.
The perception right now is that Nebraska will be blown out in big games. That reputation is earned. I don’t believe Nebraska has to win on Saturday to start chipping away at that. A win is the best thing that could happen to the program right now but it’s not required. If the Husker show fight through the whole game and keep the game close, that will show some progress.
The Huskers need a jolt on the recruiting trail too. The team currently has eight commits on the 2022 class ledger. There are no 4-stars in the recruiting class. Fans would feel differently if Nebraska had used the first two chances at visit weekends. There were no scholarship 2022 prospects on campus. The team hosted one official visitor in the first two weeks. Wide receiver commit Victor Jones Jr. is the only official visitor through two weeks. There don’t appear to be many 2022 targets scheduled to visit Nebraska later in the season.
Nebraska needs something to change that up. What better way than to have a good showing in the Big Noon Kickoff game this week?
Nebraska has a tall task ahead to beat Oklahoma. The season-opening loss ensured Nebraska needs to do something big to change the growing perception about the program. The team and coaches are excited heading into the matchup. The program is behind schedule under Frost. Getting the moral victory would provide a building block to be used to help recruiting. Their efforts appear stuck in neutral for now.
>> Lincoln East wide receiver Malachi Coleman posted a picture from a recent visit to Nebraska.
— Malachi Coleman (@ChiColeman23) September 14, 2021
>> JUCO offensive lineman Lisala Tai posted some quick highlights from the season so far.
— Lisala Tai (@lisalatai58) September 13, 2021
>> In the latest Straight Up Breakdown podcast I spoke with Steve Marik about Nebraska keeping things interesting this weekend in Norman.
>> Defensive coordinator Erik Chiander sees the Oklahoma game as an opportunity to ‘sharpen the sword’ ahead of the conference slate.
>> Mario Verduzco is focused on the next game (Premium) as he evaluates Adrian Martinez’ play.
>> The Blackshirts are excited for the test (Premium) against an ‘exceptional’ Oklahoma offense.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.