What a decade it was.
Reddit user DoorGuote created a cool visualization of Nebraska’s ranking in the AP Poll from 1990-2016, and the resulting graph shows just how dominate the Cornhuskers were in the 1990s — and just how quickly they fell in the years following — up to this season’s dramatic rebound.
The chart, which was posted Monday, shows how rare it was for Nebraska to drop out of the top 10 or top 15 during that period, even after Tom Osborne retired and Frank Solich took over in 1998. When Bill Callahan became the coach in 2004, things weren’t quite the same and haven’t been since.
The Huskers went 87-11-1 from 1990-97 under Osborne and were ranked in the top 15 of the AP preseason and final polls in all but one year (final 1990 poll). They won national titles in 1994, 1995 and 1997.
From 1993-97, Nebraska was never ranked outside the top 10.
Here’s a link to the full image. The national ranking is shown along the y-axis and the year is on the x-axis.