Thursday, March 7, 2013
3-point stance: Huskers', Vols' droughts
By Ivan Maisel
1. From 2000 to 2012, a total of 13 seasons, 72 schools have won at least a share of an FBS conference title, and that is counting TCU, Cincinnati, Louisville and Boise State only once even though they won in multiple conferences. That’s 72 schools, and none of them is named Nebraska. The Huskers are for oh-for-the-century, having last won in 1999 (Big 12). Big Red fans, take solace. Your streak is one year shorter than Tennessee’s. The Vols won the inaugural BCS title and haven’t won the SEC since.
2. On the ESPNU College Football Podcast Wednesday, Big Ten bloggers Adam Rittenberg and Brian Bennett said that coaches at cold-weather schools (Ohio State, Northwestern, Nebraska) in part use spring break as a way to break up the monotony of four weeks of practice. Perhaps, but it seems only logical that the almost ubiquitous rise of indoor practice facilities would be responsible as well. There’s always good weather and good footing for practice.
3. At the behest of the new Fox Sports I Network, Kansas State and two-time defending FCS champion North Dakota State are moving their season opener game to Friday night, Aug. 30. This isn’t the typical Bill Snyder pre-conference patsy. The Bison have beaten three FBS teams in the past three years. Fox appears to be trying to replicate the first game ever televised by the Big Ten Network, back in 2007. Appalachian State, the two-time defending FCS champion, shocked Michigan, 34-32.