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Colorado presents a huge opportunity for Nebraska football



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Following Colorado’s win over TCU, Nebraska football will have the chance to make a statement on Saturday.

Colorado was impressive on Saturday in its win over 17th-ranked TCU. The Buffaloes’ offense was incredible and Coach Deion Sanders had a lot of gloat about.

Earlier this week, some even said that Colorado had the worst roster in the FBS. I don’t know how the Buffs stack up top-to-bottom to some other top programs, but the elite talent stood tall on Saturday and there’s no question that Colorado has that.

Shedeur Sanders set a Colorado record for passing yards with 510 yards and four touchdown passes. Travis Hunter was incredible too, but let’s remember that the Big 12 isn’t exactly known for defense and TCU lost a lot of starters from last season’s national runner-up team.

That being said, it wouldn’t be surprising at all to see Colorado ranked in the AP Top 25 this week. Regardless, the rivalry game presents a huge opportunity for the Huskers.

Huskers can change the narrative

The narrative is “same old Nebraska” after the Week 1 meltdown at Minnesota. The Huskers should have won the game and gave it away.

Matt Rhule is right that the previous close-game struggles don’t have anything to do with him. He vowed that Nebraska football would fix its issues and come back stronger.

We’ll see if that proves to be true, but the Huskers have a golden opportunity to end that narrative Saturday in Boulder, Colorado.

If the Buffs lost to TCU by 21 points or something, a Nebraska win wouldn’t have carried much weight nationally but now, the Huskers are going to play in a marquee game with tons of buzz. They might even have a chance to beat a ranked opponent.

Instead of people talking about Nebraska having the same old issues, the narrative would be about how the Huskers shut down the momentum of Coach Prime, and how they are on the rise under Matt Rhule (hello recruiting).

That’s the kind of positive buzz this program hasn’t had about something that happened on the field in a long time. Colorado isn’t going to be a pushover. But the game will also provide the Huskers a chance to prove that they really are headed in the right direction.

The alternative is too terrible to think about.

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Chris has worked in sports journalism since 2005 writing for multiple newspapers and websites such as the Bleacher Report and Fansided before starting Husker Big Red, A fan site for hardcore followers of the #Huskers offering articles, podcasts, videos and more exclusive content on all things Nebraska