The Nebraska Cornhuskers are ready to hit the field in Lincoln this season as they host some of the best teams in college football at Memorial Stadium. The Huskers are one of the top teams in the nation on a regular basis, and this squad has big plans in 2014. This team calls the Big Ten home, a conference that is one of the oldest and most revered in the country. The Huskers never have an easy road to the top of the conference standings, and this season should be no different. Nebraska will be faced with a multitude of tough matchups at Memorial Stadium this season, but they're prepared for the challenge.
The Huskers know that they're going to have a challenge on their hands on September 27th when the Illinois Fighting Illini come to town. Illinois often has some of the most talented players in the country, making them a tough team to take down just about every year. The Huskers know that they're going to have to bring their best to the football field to net the victory in this one, and the stands are sure to be packed to the brim with screaming fans.
The Huskers will close out their home schedule this season with the Minnesota Golden Gophers, a group of players that will come into Memorial Stadium hungry for a victory. The final home game of the year is always a fun affair, as the stands are filled with excited fans looking to catch a glimpse of their favorite team for the last time in 2014.
Nebraska Cornhuskers Football History
The Nebraska Cornhuskers are one of the most prolific college football teams in the entire NCAA, creating a legacy that has outlasted the changing decades in Division I football. The Huskers have accumulated 43 conference championship titles in a little over a century, amassing five national titles along the way. The Nebraska football team claimed the national championship title in 1970, 1971, 1994, 1995 and 1997, with their wins in the '90s under head coach Tom Osborne marking the first time since the '40s, when Notre Dame took home three national titles in 1946-49, that a team has won three national titles in four years. The Nebraska football team is also 24-25 in bowl games, winning the 2013 Capital One Bowl over Georgia, 2012 Capital One Bowl over South Carolina and 2010 Holiday Bowl over Washington.
It's no surprise that an NCAA team as prominent as the Nebraska Cornhuskers would yield some incredible talent in the NFL, and that has certainly been the case for Nebraska alumni. The Cornhuskers have three players that have gone on to be NFL Hall of Famers, including Willis Roy (Link) Lyman, Guy Chamberlin and Bob (Boomer) Brown. There are several Cornhuskers that have gone on to play in the NFL after their tenure with the Nebraska football team, including current players like Prince Amukamara, Zack Bowman, Lavonte David, Brandon Jackson, Ndamukong Suh, Kyle Vanden Bosch and Demorrio Williams, to name a few. It's almost surprising that there are only three Nebraska players that have had their numbers retired, including No. 20 Johnny Rodgers, No. 60 Tom Novak and No. 64 Bob Brown.
Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Conference
The Nebraska Cornhuskers are one of the most decorated college teams in the country, snagging 43 conference titles to date. Now a part of the Midwestern powerhouse known as the Big Ten Conference, the Cornhuskers have also played in the Big 12, Big 6/7/8, MVIAA and WIUFA since the turn of the century. The Huskers have been part of the Big Ten since 2010, making a name for themselves quickly in the conference. With the Iowa Hawkeyes as their biggest rival in the Big Ten, the Cornhuskers are a popular team and are often the team to beat in the conference year after year. Big Ten football has received a change-up with the arrival of Maryland and Rutgers in 2014, putting a new target on the Huskers backs as the Big Ten sees some big changes in the roster.
Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Rivalries
As part of the Big Ten Conference, it's no surprise that some of the biggest rivalries for the Nebraska Cornhuskers come out of the Big Ten. The Iowa Hawkeyes are the biggest rival for the Cornhuskers, although the team also sees fierce competition build up between other Big Ten rivals like the Purdue Boilermakers, Illinois Fighting Illini, Minnesota Golden Gophers and Wisconsin Badgers. The Cornhuskers and Hawkeyes have a big rivalry going for the Heroes Trophy, which is a traveling trophy passed between Iowa and Nebraska when the two teams play each other every season. Nebraska leads in wins for Heroes Trophy play at 28-12-3, although the two teams have battled each other on the turf since 1891, when the Hawkeyes beat the Cornhuskers for the first time.
Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Trivia
When was the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team founded?
The answer is 1890.
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