Nebraska players and fans weren’t happy with how “College GameDay” on Saturday questioned the Huskers’ place in the top 10.
In case you missed it, “GameDay” analyst and former Michigan star Desmond Howard said, “I think I could come up with 10 teams that are better than Nebraska right now.” ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit was not nearly as critical on the show, and after the Huskers’ 27-22 win over Indiana he said he believes in Nebraska.
Deserving up to this point. But biggest tests and opportunities on the horizon. At Wisconsin and Ohio State. https://t.co/Bq4vxI2nZg
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) October 17, 2016
But Huskers coach Mike Riley said on Monday that he doesn’t care what others think about his team.
Well, here’s another expert giving his thoughts: Paul Finebaum.
Finebaum, when asked if the Huskers are legit or not during “College Football Live,” didn’t hesitate to make his statement.
“Yeah, I think they are legit for now,” Finebaum said. “I’m holding my bets a little bit, but I like this team a lot.”
Marcus Spears agreed with Finebaum.
“Legit. They’re physical but we all know what’s coming up,” Spears said. “I can’t judge you until you play against the really good ones.”
The “really good ones” start soon. After getting Purdue this Saturday, Nebraska travels to Wisconsin and Ohio State in consecutive weeks. By then, no more speculation will be needed when assessing the Huskers.
Spears seemed to backtrack a bit about Nebraska when the need-to-prove-it aspect came up.
“Reminds me of a team that wore black and yellow last year that was talking about being in the College Football Playoff,” Spears said, referring to 2015 Iowa.
The Hawkeyes started last year 12-0 before losing to Michigan State in the Big Ten title game and then getting routed by Stanford in the Rose Bowl.
Still, this is another sign that the national perception of Nebraska isn’t as low as it may have been even a few days ago.