The New England Patriots may have a college football equal in dynasty success: Nebraska football.
With Sunday’s stunning comeback win against the Atlanta Falcons, the Patriots won their fifth Super Bowl — all since the 2001 season. While declaring the Patriots the “greatest dynasty in pro sports history,” Colin Cowherd also praised the Huskers’ 1990s run.
“The most impressive dynasty I ever saw in college sports: Nebraska football. How the hell did that happen?” Cowherd said on Monday. “Who dominates college football in the ’90s? A state with no players. What? Not Miami, not USC, not Texas, not Georgia. No, middle of the country — got no players. Okey-dokey.”
With legendary coach Tom Osborne at the helm through the 1997 season, the Huskers won three national titles in a four-year span.
1990s Nebraska with Tom Osborne:
- 1990: 9-3, lost Florida Citrus Bowl
- 1991: 9-2-1, lost Orange Bowl
- 1992: 9-3 lost Orange Bowl
- 1993: 11-1, lost Orange Bowl (national championship deciding bowl game)
- 1994: 13-0, won national championship
- 1995: 12-0, won national championship
- 1996: 11-2, won Orange Bowl
- 1997: 13-0, won split national title with Michigan
A couple of months ago, FiveThirtyEight.com said the 1995 Huskers team is the best in college football history.
Cowherd started the dynasty talk complimenting the Patriots’ run.
“It is absolutely the most impressive thing I’ve ever seen,” Cowherd said. “I’ve never seen anything like this in pro sports. It’s different in college sports. College sports are created — dynasties should happen. You dominate in a sport, you get a better recruiting class. But being a dynasty in the National Football League is like being a billionaire in a socialist country. It’s not designed to work that way. In the NFL, the best drafts last. In the NFL, the best faces all the first-place teams the following year.”
You can watch Cowherd talk the Patriots and Nebraska below.
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) February 6, 2017