Nebraska really wants to get its swagger back.
Ever since moving to the Big Ten, Nebraska’s place on the national landscape has shrunk. The conference move could be causal, coincidental, or somewhere in between, but it’s clear that Nebraska is far from the glory days of the triple-option with Tom Osborne in the 1990s.
With that in mind, you can’t really blame Nebraska for doing a little trash talking now that there’s some optimism in Lincoln. After a struggle bus of a 2017 season that included the midseason firing of athletic director Shawn Eichorst and a postseason firing of football coach Mike Riley, the hire of new coach Scott Frost has fans thinking the Huskers can replicate what Frost’s undefeated Central Florida team in 2017.
Frost’s arrival has put other schools in the conference on notice, according to athletic director Bill Moos.
“We’re gonna run that up-tempo offense we saw (at the spring game), and we’re gonna get the Blackshirts back to being Blackshirts. And that’s extremely important,” Moos told the Omaha Press Club on Tuesday night via the Omaha World-Herald. “You’ve got [Ohio State coach] Urban Meyer and [Michigan coach] Jim Harbaugh thinking, ‘We better put a little more into that Nebraska game coming up.’ And that’s the way we want it. They’re running a little bit scared right now. And they won’t admit it. We’ll leave that at that.”
Shots fired! Well, sort of. Moos tried to put the cannonball back in the cannon later in the evening when he told the Associated Press that his quote was tongue-in-cheek.
Thankfully for those of us that watch college football, we get a chance this season to see just how scared Harbaugh and Meyer are of Nebraska. Thanks to the Big Ten’s schedule rotation, Nebraska visits Michigan on Sep. 22 and goes to Ohio State on Nov. 3. One of the few things worse than walking back some good smack talk is smack talk that doesn’t have an opportunity to be immediately proven.
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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.
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