Welcome Nebraska Cornhuskers. Adam Rittenburg, ESPN.com, recently pointed out that Forbes.com ranked the Cornhuskers as being the 4th most valuable team in college football. If you’re wondering, Michigan came out in 11th. Nebraska, in addition to having value, also has a lot of history:
How Will Nebraska Fare In The Big Ten?
Brian Fremeau, Football Outsiders, recently did a study comparing how the Huskers would have done over the last 5 years in the Big 12 vs. the Big 10:
|Year||Projected Big 12 Wins||Projected Big 10 Wins|
That adds up to 23.7 projected wins over the last 5 years in the Big 12 and 22.1 projected wins in the Big 10. Nebraska actually did win 23 games in the Big 12, so the projections are pretty accurate. Fremeau goes on to rank Nebraska in both conferences this season, 4th in the Big 12, 5th in the Big 10. So slightly worse in the Big Ten by the projections.
Ace Anbender, TheWolverineBlog.com, recently profiled Nebraska and did an excellent job showing how they fit alignment-wise with this image:
Besides the obvious financial benefits Nebraska receives by joining the conference, its fans also benefit. Being in the Big Ten provides better television watching opportunities for the average fan. Cornhusker fans no longer have to purchase some games on PPV, shocking isn’t it.
Tom Osborne on Joining the Big Ten:
Adversary Recruiting Bonus: Nebraska Cornhuskers
Earlier this year, Nebraska defensive coordinator Carl Pelini told Steven M. Sipple of the Journal Star: "Would the national appeal of the Big Ten and Big Ten Network be enough to keep your recruiting base as it is? Or would you need to find new population centers? I will say this: Once you put your tentacles into a region, you never want to give that up. … Once it starts being neglected, it quickly goes away. We have started to reach our tentacles into Dallas, Houston and Los Angeles. We’re not going to give those up because we have too many relationships developed there now."
Seeing that we have a brand new member in the Big Ten Conference, I thought that I would give you a quick look at the Cornhuskers 2011 recruiting class through June 1. And of course they will be included in all future Adversary Recruiting updates.
Offensively, at first glance it became easy to see that offensive line would be a main area of need for this class. Nebraska has received verbal pledges from four highly touted kids in this position so far. Cornhusker legacy Tyler Moore decided to follow in the footsteps of his father, uncle and two cousins and become Nebraska’s second commit of the 2011 class. Moore is one of the more athletic OL’s in the country this year, and has the talent to be a great college player. Along with Moore, offensive center Ryne Reeves and offensive guards Ryan Klachko and Dylan Admire will Bo Pelini’s offensive front for years to come. Taking snaps behind that front will be dual-threat quarterback Jamal Turner. During his junior season, the four star Turner accounted for 3,025 total yards and 32 total TD’s. He is a quick and shifty kid and has blazing speed. If he stays at QB or if he moves to slot or RB he will be a nightmare for defenses.
On the other side of the ball, defensive tackle Kevin Williams is probably the best of the group so far. Williams is a very explosive athlete who accumulated a crazy 157 tackles during his junior season. Kevin also had offers from BC, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Oregon, and Wisconsin to name a few. The Huskers picked up two safety’s in Aaryn Bouzos and Daimion Stafford. Attending a community college Stafford has a great frame and will make an immediate impact. Bouzos is a bit of a sleeper who is great in run support and hits like a truck.
|Jamal Turner||Dual Threat QB||Arlington, TX||Sam Houston|
|Dylan Admire||Offensive Guard||Overland Park, KS||Blue Valley West|
|Ryan Klachko||Offensive Guard||Springfield, IL||Sacred Heart Griffin|
|Tyler Moore||Offensive Tackle||Clearwater, FL||Countryside|
|Ryne Reeves||Offensive Center||Crete, NE||Crete|
|Kevin Williams||Defensive Tackle||Holland, OH||Springfield|
|Aaryn Bouzos||Safety||La Mirada, CA||La Mirada||-||-|
|Daimion Stafford||Safety||Rancho Cucamonga, CA||Chaffey, CC||-||-|