No, Bill Moos and Nebraska, Ohio State Is Not Afraid Of You

No, Bill Moos and Nebraska, Ohio State Is Not Afraid Of You

Terry Johnson

No, Bill Moos and Nebraska, Ohio State Is Not Afraid Of You


Senior Editor Terry Johnson takes issue with Nebraska AD Bill Moos’ comments that Ohio State should be afraid of the Cornhuskers, and explains why the Buckeyes have nothing to fear.


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No, Bill Moos And Nebraska, Ohio State is not afraid of you!

Cue the Bone Crusher music, because Ohio State isn’t scared of Nebraska.

That’s right, Bill Moos, Ohio State isn’t scared of Nebraska.

Look, I get why you made the comments that you did. No one expected you to go on a Jim Mora, Sr-type tirade during your first year on the job.

I also think it’s great that you have confidence in your new head coach. No one would fault you for believing in him after what he accomplished at Central Florida.

With that said, Ohio State has absolutely no reason to be afraid of you.

Let’s be honest: Nebraska hasn’t been the Big Red Machine since the school fired Frank Solich in 2003. Since then, the school has lost at least four games in every season. It has also posted four losing records during that span, including losing marks in 2015 and 2017.

In addition, the Huskers haven’t dominated the Big Ten the way that they thought they would when they joined. In fact, they’ve only played for the conference title one time. One. Nebraska lost that contest 70-31 to a Wisconsin team that actually finished THIRD in the Leaders Division.

While I wrote that paragraph, James White, Montee Ball, and Melvin Gordon each scored two more touchdowns.

All kidding aside, this trend doesn’t look like it’s going to change anytime soon, especially against Ohio State. The Buckeyes have scored at least 56 points against Nebraska in every contest since Urban Meyer took over as the head coach, highlighted by a 62-point effort in 2016 against a Husker team that entered the game ranked in the top 10.

62 points… where have I seen that number before? Oh, that’s right, the day after Thanksgiving in 2001.

Why’s that important, you ask? The defensive coordinator for that team was none other than Craig Bohl. Perhaps you’ve heard of him, he won three FCS championships (real titles – not made-up ones like the one at UCF) North Dakota State, turning into the Ohio State of that subdivision.

Bohl wasn’t the only Husker coach to have success since he left. Bo Pelini played for the FCS title in 2016 and Frank Solich turned perennial doormat Ohio University into a contender in the MAC East.

Not bad for a couple of guys that were shown the door after finishing with 9-3 seasons, don’t you think?

In other words: coaching is not the reason for Nebraska’s struggles. Talent is. While Scott Frost might ultimately turn things around, the program is light years away from competing with the Ohio States and Wisconsins of the Big Ten just yet (and by the way, why didn’t you mention the Badgers, which has won the last five meetings against you?).

While I agree with you that the Buckeyes and TTUN should focus on the Nebraska game, it’s not because either team is scared of you. However, given that the College Football Playoff Selection Committee would view losing to you as a very bad loss, it makes sense that both teams should put a “little more into the game”, as you put it.

That hardly sounds like a team that anyone should be scared of.

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