- The Huskers beat the defending ACC Champions on the road. What's with all the complaining?
- Nebraska did not play well at all, considering Wake Forest started their backup quarterback. Besides, Wake winning the ACC last year was proof of just how far down the ACC is.
The Journal-Star's Steve Sipple summarized it nicely this past weekend:
9-3? 8-4? Let's not go there. I'm fighting REAL hard to not tell you what that sounds like. We don't want to go there. Don't do it.
"Trouble is, “good” and “nice” typically don’t cut it against top-ranked USC. The No. 16 Huskers need to discover a quick way to transform into “great” and “nasty.” They were neither against Wake Forest. They looked like, well, a 9-3 team or maybe even an 8-4 outfit, hence the teeth gnashing by all those Husker fans outside Groves Stadium."
Jeffie Husker over at DoubleExtraPoint had a couple of good takes today on the Wake Forest game. First, he tried to defend the decision to go for the first down on fourth and two late in the game, saying that if Callahan thought that we had a 60% chance of gaining a first down, we should go for it. Ok, I'll buy that. So what were the odds of getting that that first down? Here's what we did on Saturday on 3rd and 2 all prior to that: Lucky, gain of 1; Fumble; Lucky, no gain; Keller, incomplete pass; Lucky, gain of 22 and a touchdown; Lucky, no gain. So extrapolating that to 4th down with the memory of the previous "no gain" fresh in everyone's mind, what's the success rate of going for it on 4th and 2? I show 1 for 7 for a 14% success rate on 3rd and short in similar circumstances against Wake. Verdict: Mathematically, it was a bad call.
Turning to Sam Keller, he compares Keller's first two games with Zac Taylor's first two games, and expects that Keller will grow more comfortable in this offense as he gets more experience running it. He's certainly doing better than Zac Taylor did in his first two games...but it does make you pause as to what the future holds when quarterbacks continually struggle getting into a rhythm in this offense, as we'll likely be breaking in yet another new quarterback (4th in 5 years) next season. Did Husker fans have unrealistic expectations for Sam Keller this season? Definitely yes.