Beyond the Box Score: 1997 Nebraska-Missouri
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1997 Nebraska Is ‘Elite’ Now

July 24, 2018

Even television executives are not immune to the Frost Effect, as the Big Ten Network announced Tuesday that 1997 Nebraska will be the next team featured on the network's "Big Ten Elite" program.

"Big Ten Elite" is a documentary-style show that revisits some of the best teams in conference history (loosely defined in the case of Nebraska) through in-depth interviews with the players, coaches and media members who were around for the championship runs.

The 1997 Cornhuskers, with Scott Frost at quarterback, went 11-0 in the regular season, which included close wins over unranked Missouri and Colorado in November, but Nebraska finished with a flourish. Ranked second in the Associated Press poll entering December, the Huskers hammered 14th-ranked Texas A&M 54-15 to claim the school's first Big 12 title, then trounced Tennessee 42-17 in the Orange Bowl. The bowl win was enough for Nebraska to overtake Michigan in the Coaches Poll, resulting in a split national title.

That 1997 Michigan team has already been featured on "Big Ten Elite," so the inclusion of Nebraska brings balance to the force, so to speak. It's not the Huskers' first appearance on the program either. The 1994 team was featured previously.

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