Nicky B posed this question for his show. Here is what I said:
In terms of national perception, this is a huge game. if we get rolled again, our national standing only continues to plummet. We’re barely on the edge of relevance, and getting crushed before we have several weeks of games with weak opponents would mean we’re out of the conversation for a long time. A win, on the other hand, means we have a chance to be ranked very highly coming into Northwestern and Michigan, making those nationally relevant games.
That’s perception, but in terms of realistic goals for our team, it isn’t all that big. We can lose this without any impact on our ability to get back to the B1G Championship.
In terms of fans’ perception and Bo’s career, it is huge. The element of surprise is no longer an excuse. He’s had plenty of time to prepare for this game, and it is in Nebraska. Young players aren’t an excuse, as he is responsible for bringing in the players he needs to win. If the defense looks lost, we have a bunch of penalties and turnovers, and overall just look like we’ve been out-coached again in a loss, the hot seat talk gets serious, and rightfully so.
For me personally, it’s a huge game because I care Nebraska being relevant and obviously if Bo is the guy to keep us relevant. At the same time, I’m sad that beating (maybe) the third-best Pac-12 team at home would be considered such a feat and is such doubt. The fact that we’re having this conversation is a bit of a sad commentary on the state of affairs of the program.
So is it big? It is, it isn’t, it is, and it sadly is.
So what do you think? Will what happens tomorrow drastically change your opinion of things? I’ve wanted Bo fired, but maybe a big win starts changing my mind.