MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Defensive end Carlos Davis had just been asked about Nebraska defensive coordinator Bob Diaco when a group of people started singing. Loudly. The voices — which were just out of sight — started softly, growing louder and louder as the moments passed. Davis paused.
“We had a defensive plan, but it didn’t seem to work,” Davis offered up through the singing. “That’s pretty much it.”
The singing continued. Davis kept talking, but he was often drowned out by the voices down the hall.
It was fitting. Nebraska’s defense spent Saturday getting run over by Minnesota’s offense — literally, as the Gophers boasted 409 rushing yards against the Huskers — and it continued in the hallways of TCF Bank Stadium.
Nebraska fans reacted en masse to the 54-21 loss to Minnesota on Twitter, sharing feelings of frustration and defeat. There also was some apathy, which is potentially the most dangerous feeling of all. Athletic director Bill Moos doesn’t want apathy — that’s what leaves seats empty at Memorial Stadium — and he knows the impact of his future decision.
In some ways, Nebraska’s loss to Minnesota feels a bit like rock bottom. Maybe it isn’t, but it feels pretty close if it’s not. The Gophers came into Saturday’s matchup with the 119th-ranked offense in the country. Yet, they ran on Nebraska like it was never an issue.
When evaluating where Nebraska is now, history is often the best place to look and the 2007 season feels comparable in some ways. Nebraska went 5-7 that year, missing out on a bowl game by the end. It also led to a coaching change.
That year included a 45-14 loss to Oklahoma State, a 41-6 loss to Missouri, and a 76-39 loss to Kansas. It was also Bill Callahan’s final season with the Huskers. As more and more people call for coach Mike Riley to go, the parallels feel like they are there. Is this worse, though?
In 2007, the Kansas team that beat Nebraska was No. 8 at the time. The Jayhawks even went on to beat No. 5 Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl that year. Missouri was ranked No. 17 when it beat the Huskers. Oklahoma State was unranked when the two played, so maybe that’s the best comparison to Nebraska’s 2017 loss to Minnesota.
Or maybe there isn’t a good comparison at all. This could be uncharted territory for all we know now.
Whatever it is, Nebraska is in a bad spot. And it’s a spot Nebraska feels like it’s been in for some time, whether some seasons were better than others.
Nebraska's going to finish with a losing record for the 2nd time in 3 years and the 4th time in 14 years after not having one losing finish from 1962-2003.
— Future Tennessee Head Coach (@PaulMyerberg) November 11, 2017
— BTNStatsGuys (@BTNStatsGuys) November 11, 2017
So, is this rock bottom? With two games left in the season, it’s probably best not to say so. It unfortunately could always get worse.
For now, on Saturday afternoon in the depths of TCF Bank Stadium, it didn’t feel too far from it. That’s why it wasn’t surprising to have a group of people singing loudly over Nebraska’s postgame interviews. The Huskers had essentially spent all day being talked over anyway.
By the way, the song being sung was ‘ I Don’t Give a Damn For the Whole State of Michigan.’ With Michigan nowhere to be found on Minnesota’s 2017 schedule, it made about as much sense as Nebraska’s performance on Saturday.
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