Nebraska’s demoralizing loss to Purdue on Saturday puts the Cornhuskers in a rather uncomfortable position in the coming weeks. One more loss and Nebraska all be officially locked out of the postseason for the first time since 2007. Given the schedule in front of them, that is a dangerously realistic expectation at this point after losing its sixth game of the year on Saturday.
The last time a first-year head coach at Nebraska failed to reach the postseason was in 2004 with Bill Callahan, who’s Huskers went 5-6 in an 11-game season. In his first season on the job in Lincoln, Mike Riley is currently sitting on a 3-6 record, and two of the three games remaining on Nebraska’s schedule are home games against Michigan State and Iowa. Both the Spartans and Hawkeyes are undefeated and ranked in the top 10 of the Associated Press poll. The otter game is on the road at Rutgers, and the Scarlet Knights tend to play tougher football when at home. Is it possible Nebraska could lose all three? It is certainly not unreasonable to discuss the possibility.
The last time Nebraska lost nine game sin a single season was in 1957. In the first year under head coach William Jennings, the Huskers went just 1-9 in the field. The Jennings era was not a memorable one by any stretch of the imagination. Nebraska went 15-32-1 in his five seasons in Lincoln.
No matter what happens, this will be the third consecutive season Nebraska ends the year without being rank din the top 25. the Huskers have been ranked as high as No. 11 over the past two and a half seasons. The last time Nebraska ended a year outside of the AP poll in three consecutive seasons was also under Callahan, from 2006 through 2008.