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The last time the Nebraska Cornhuskers won the national championship…


It has been quite some time since Nebraska last made a claim at a national championship. In fact, the last time Nebraska claimed a national title, they had to share the honors with a future conference opponent.

The year was 1997 and it was last college football season to end with two crowned national champions in the poll era. Nebraska took the top spot in the coaches poll after a perfect 13-0 season was capped with a blowout victory over Peyton Manning and Tennessee in the Orange Bowl, but the AP poll rewarded the Michigan Wolverines for their clean 12-0 record following a victory in the Rose Bowl (Coincidently, this is also the last time Michigan won a national title, but we’ll cover them separately at a later time). It was the third national championship in four seasons for Nebraska, sending head coach Tom Osborne into retirement on one of the highest notes possible. And although Nebraska would get a national title shot a few years later in the BCS system, this marked the end of Nebraska’s run atop the college football universe as changes in the college football world were about to unfold, with the Huskers playing a significant role in the evolution of the map of the college football world.

Last National Title Season: 1997 (22 years and counting)

Who was President?

Bill Clinton was the saxophone-playing Commander-In-Chief the last time Nebraska won it all. Clinton was in his second term in the White House at the time, although this was all before the infamous Lewinsky scandal came to light.

What was on TV?

In the first year of the television rating system, you could watch the first episodes of “King of the Hill” or watch “The Simpsons” move past “The Flinstones” for the title of longest-running primetime animated series. That show keeps on ticking today. Ellen had her landmark episode in which her character came out of the closet. Millions tuned in to watch the funeral of Princess Diana. Chris Farley made his final television appearance as host of “Saturday Night Live.”

Some of you may have begun watching “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” which debuted in 1997. Or maybe you were hooked on the brand new HBO show, “Oz.” 1997 was also the year a few famous shows went off the air, including “Coach,” “Roseanne,” and “Beavis and Butt-Head.” In all honesty, “Coach” was clearly a better show when Craig T. Nelson was coaching at Minnesota State and not in the pros. Plus, that theme song was great.

What movies were hot?

The box office records were smashed with Titanic pulling in $1.8 billion worldwide, easily outpacing the next best competition of the year (Jurassic Park: The Lost World and Men in Black). It was the first movie to break the $1 billion mark at the box office, but of course, it would not be the last. Since Nebraska’s last national title, 38 additional movies have broken the $1 billion mark at the box office, including the most recent addition with Avengers: Endgame, which just moved past Titanic.

This was also the year Harrison Ford told a terrorist to get off his plane in Air Force One. And in a world before Star Wars prequels, George Lucas brought the original trilogy back to theaters in special editions.

Who was on the cover of NCAA Football?

This was an interesting and important time in the history of the NCAA Football franchise. That’s because starting in 1997, that became the namesake for the series that had previously was named College Football USA for two seasons. EA Sports was able to use the NCAA name and logo through a licensing deal that was intended to be used for NCAA March Madness. Surely nothing could ever possibly go wrong with this licensing deal in future years, right?

NCAA Football 98 changed the name of the game for good. And although Nebraska legend Tommie Frazier appeared as the cover athlete for College Football USA 97 the previous year, NCAA Football 98 featured former Florida Gators quarterback Danny Wuerffel on its cover.

But if you weren’t playing NCAA Football 98 at the time, odds are you may have been hooked on a couple popular video games that also came out in 1997, including Final Fantasy VII, Mario Kart 64, GoldenEye 007 or Gran Turismo. Nintendo 64 (released in 1997) and PlayStation had some good ones at the time.

What else happened in 1997?

In just their fifth year in existence, the Florida Marlins won their first World Series championship with a Game 7 victory over the Cleveland Indians. This was also the first season with interleague play in the regular season.

John Elway and the Denver Broncos finally won a Super Bowl with a 31-24 victory over the Green Bay Packers in San Diego.

In the summer of 1997, Michael Jordan took home his fifth NBA Finals MVP award after leading the Chicago Bulls to an NBA title over the Utah Jazz. Not to be outdone, in the 1997-1998 season, Jordan again won NBA Finals MVP in his sixth and final NBA Finals appearance, once again leading the Bulls in six games over the Jazz.

During that 1997-1998 season, the Detroit Red Wings swept the Washington Capitals for their second straight Stanley Cup championship. The Red Wings swept the Philadelphia Flyers in the Stanley Cup Finals the previous summer.

Liz Heaston, a placekicker for Willamette University, became the first woman to play and score in a college football game.

Mike Tyson bit Evander Holyfield‘s ear.

Tiger Woods wins his first Masters Tournament with a 12-shot victory.

Will Nebraska return to their glory days?

The hopes are high for Nebraska moving forward as Year 2 under Scott Frost as head coach. In that 1997, Frost was a Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award finalist in 1997 for the Huskers after he became the tenth player in college football history to run and pass for at least 1,000 yards each. If not for Frost’s now famous flea-kicker against Missouri, Nebraska may waiting just a little longer since their last national title.

Nebraska has had a few good years since their last national championship, however. Frank Solich, the successor to Osborne in 1998, took Nebraska to a record fo 12-1 with a victory in the Fiesta Bowl in the 1999 season, and the Huskers were a preseason No. 1 in 2000 before ending the year at 10-2 with an Alamo Bowl victory. Nebraska wiggled their way into their first and only BCS National Championship appearance in 2001, where they were absolutely no match for the Miami Hurricanes in the Rose Bowl. That would be the closest Nebraska has come to sniffing a national championship since 1997, however, and the search is still on to get Nebraska back to the top level of the sport. A collection of 10-win seasons and multiple conference championship game trips came under Bo Pelini as the Huskers transitioned from the Big 12 to the Big Ten, but the Huskers continue to hope maybe this will be the year Big Red climbs back to the top of their conference and once again has people talking about Nebraska as a national title contender

Indiana QB Michael Penix could be a game-time decision again this week

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A week after being a game-time decision against Ohio State, Indiana quarterback Michael Penix appears to be heading to a similar fate this week. Only this time, the Hoosiers are hoping to get their starting quarterback on the field this week.

Indiana head coach Tom Allen the likely plan this week will be to leave a decision on whether or not to play Penix as a game-time decision, similar to last week. Just before the Hoosiers kicked off at home against the buckeyes, Penix was ruled out for the game. Peyton Ramsey took over the offense for the game. Ramsey would likely get the starting nod if Penix is ruled out for this weekend’s game against UConn. Jack Tuttle also played for Indiana against Ohio State and could be used as well.

“I don’t foresee it, hopefully, not being a day-to-day thing the rest of the season, but at the same time, for this Saturday’s game, we definitely aren’t going to know for several more days,” Allen said to reporters on Monday. “He probably will eventually be a game-time decision with him, but I don’t expect that to keep being the case every single week.”

The nature of the injury that has sidelined Penix has not been confirmed by Allen. Penix started the first two games of the season.

Texas Tech announces QB Alan Bowman to miss “several weeks” due to shoulder injury

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As reports were swirling around about a possible injury to their starting quarterback, Texas Tech has announced Alan Bowan will be out for “several weeks” as a result of a shoulder injury. The injury occurred during Texas Tech’s road game at Arizona this past weekend.

Bowman was examined briefly on the Texas Tech sideline during a road trip to Arizona last weekend (which resulted in a loss to the Arizona Wildcats). Bowman did not miss any playing time, so news of a potentially lengthy injury comes as a bit of a surprise. Bowman was taken to the ground by a defender. No penalty was called on the play.

The Red Raiders will now likely go with Jett Duffey to lead the offense at the position. Texas Tech is off this week. While Texas Tech has not shared an expected timeline for Bowman’s return, prior rumors surrounding the injury were suggesting it could be anywhere from six to eight weeks before Bowman returns to the field.

If Bowman is out for six weeks, he would potentially miss games against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Iowa State, and Kansas. If absent for eight weeks, tack on a game at West Virginia to the mix (Texas Tech has another bye week between road games at Kansas and West Virginia. That would be quite a tough stretch for Texas Tech to be without its starting quarterback, whether for six or eight weeks.

Bowman has thrown for 1,020 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions in three games this season.

FSU loses linebacker Kaindoh to season-ending ankle injury

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As if losing a game to Virginia was not bad enough for the Florida State Seminoles, head coach Willie Taggart announce don Monday linebacker Joshua Kaindoh will miss the remainder of the season. Kaindoh, a former five-star recruit and a starter for the Seminole defense, is out for the year due to a lower-body ankle injury, according to Taggart.

Kaindoh suffered the injury in the second quarter of Saturday’s loss at Virginia. He was carted off the field. Kaindoh has appeared in every game since his arrival at Florida State in 2017. Because he has only appeared in three games this season, he is eligible to use a redshirt season this year to preserve two more years of eligibility beginning in 2020. The NCAA modified the redshirt rule last season to allow players to save a redshirt season as long as they appear in four games or fewer during the season.

With Kaindoh out of action, that will likely lead to Florida State using Janarius Robinson on more plays, as the two had been splitting playing time this season. But depth on the defensive line has become a growing concern for Florida State, who has been dealing with all sorts of issues on defense to start the season.

Kaindoh’s season comes to an abrupt end with nine tackles and a sack.

Taggart also made note that left tackle Jauan Williams is now “week-to-week” while he bounces back from an ankle injury form Week 2, the severity of which is far less troublesome than the injury to Kaindoh.

LSU safety Todd Harris to miss rest of season with injury

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LSU safety Todd Harris will miss the rest of the 2019 season, head coach Ed Orgeron announced on Monday. Orgeron did not go into specifics regarding the injury to his junior safety. Harris was injured in the first half of Saturday night’s home win against Northwestern State, and he later returned to the field on crutches.

Orgeron only confirmed the injury was a season-ending injury, but he also explained Harris will be able to preserve a year of eligibility.

“We will use this year as a redshirt,” Orgeron said, according to The Advocate.

Because Harris did not appear in more than four games this season, he is allowed by the NCAA to use the 2019 season as a redshirt season, thus giving him two remaining years of eligibility beginning in 2020. The NCAA changed the redshirt rule last year to allow players to appear in up to four games without burning a year of their eligibility just for merely stepping foot on the field.

“It’s unfortunate. It was an unfortunate accident,” Orgeron said. “He just landed on the ground wrong.”

As for who replaces Harris on the depth chart, that job appears to be heading to junior safety JaCoby Stevens, who Orgeron noted was going to be used to fill the void.