The Day After Festivus
Last week, fans of college football were able to partake in the grand celebration of Football Festivus. But for Husker fans opening their gifts on the warm fall Saturday evening, the result of the Wyoming game was like getting a half dozen pairs of white athletic tube socks. Not exactly the gift the masses hoped for, but a still a win. This week is like the day after the big holiday where everyone runs back to the store with that gift receipt and socks to get what they really want.
Southern Miss comes into Lincoln as a team with a 13 game losing streak, the longest in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Their latest loss was to a Texas State team with only 1 full season in the FBS. 6 turnovers and 23 rushing yards were two of the lowest points from their first game of the season, two areas in which Nebraska is hoping to take full advantage.
But if Nebraska comes up with a sound drumming of the Golden Eagles, will there be any satisfaction in it knowing what happened the week before and what is upcoming? If Nebraska does not dominate in all areas of the game, will the sky seem to fall around Husker nation?
Just like the big day of returns after Christmas festivities, the socks cannot be un-received and the new gift put into its place. What Husker fans are currently reeling from is the one data point extrapolation of the entire season. Each new game helps create a trend or pattern that can be used to guess what is going to happen more accurately each week. At this point, no data seen so far is going to provide a clear picture of what will happen in over the next few weeks. It is what makes college football so baffling, frustrating, but also so interesting.