Well, that was fun wasn’t it? While it is very disappointing to have to wait an extra week to see Scott Frost, Adrian Martinez and the rest of the crew, there was still so much excitement before (and after) the kickoff that it was a very entertaining Saturday in Lincoln. That’s right, I said kickoff.
Nebraska won the toss and elected to receive. The Zips kicked it off for a touchback. Then the players went back into the locker room. Hey at least we got a play in.
Nonetheless, things still happened on Saturday whether any time ran off the clock or not.
Nebraska was hosting a good deal of big name recruits in Lincoln this weekend. While they didn’t get to see the team on the field, they saw the atmosphere.
They saw the hyped-up 90,000 faithful in Memorial. They saw those same people stay well into a lengthy delay. They saw the Tunnel Walk, they saw the intro video. They felt it all.
It also helps that Dwayne Wade and Ndamukong Suh were on the sideline. They’re smart enough to know we can’t control the weather.
The Sea of Red
The Sea of Red could be listed under losers. After all, they didn’t get to see their homegrown pride of Nebraska and his coaching debut in Memorial. However, what they did get was two hours and 40 minutes of fun.
Yes, during the rain delay, the crowd remained faithful. With the stadium playing everything from “Thunderstruck” to “Single Ladies” and “Cupid Shuffle” to “Africa” (the Toto version), Memorial turned into a big, wet karaoke dance party.
Heck, the crowd even cheered on a streaker as he took to the field. Believe me, I was there. It may have been rainy, but it was a hell of a lot of fun.
No, they didn’t get a chance to show they could maybe hang with a Power Five school (hint: they probably couldn’t), but they did get something else. They kept their record without a loss and they got over $1 million to come to Lincoln and promptly leave. Sounds like a good deal to me.
They wanted to show this game so bad. Especially at night. Disregarding all meteorologists leading up to the game, FOX decided they didn’t want Nebraska and Akron to even consider moving the game into earlier on Saturday.
They needed Scott Frost’s maiden voyage as their night cap. So badly that they delayed it three hours holding out hope it could be played. Then, without an official agreement from either school, they seemingly confirmed a Sunday morning reschedule.
While I’m sure Husker fans would have shown up, Akron wasn’t able to pull any strings on finding a place to stay. Sorry, FOX.
“Almost” Lincoln church services
Had the 10:30 a.m. kickoff gone through, I’m sure pews would have been a little less full as people would have flocked to see Scott Frost’s debut sermon at Memorial.
I heard from a few people who said they would have skipped to get to the game. A local pastor even said he called around and asked if they would even hold service if the game was a go.
All I know is, there isn’t much holier in Nebraska than their Husker football.
Gamblers on Nebraska’s win total
Nebraska’s over/under win total for 2018 is 5.5. While that seems low and many expect them to eclipse that easily, it’s not reassuring that one of the games that seemed to be a “guaranteed” win has been canceled.
Bettors on the over better hope there aren’t any hiccups against Colorado or the lower tier Big Ten teams. I projected eight total wins (including a bowl game).
That means I think we get seven now. A couple bad bounces could get the Huskers nervously close to that line.
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