LINCOLN, Neb. — The first, last and only time the Oklahoma State Cowboys won a football game in this Corn Kingdom, 1960, Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House.
So State certainly would do itself a big favor by winning today in the scarlet expanse of Memorial Stadium, which has been more Dead Sea than Red Sea to the Cowboys over the years.
But OSU also could do the Big 12 a big solid.
Beating Nebraska, ending 47 years of frustration and domination and absurdity, would enhance the case against NU coach Bill Callahan and perhaps hasten his departure.
Which would be a good thing for the Big 12. Callahan has been not so much disaster as dud since taking the Big Red reins in January 2004. Callahan is 26-17 in 3
years, which is mediocre for a college football blueblood.
The Huskers this season have jumped the shark: embarrassment in victory. Landslide defeats against Southern Cal (49-31; 42-10 in the third quarter) and Missouri (41-6) were not the low points of the season. That would be a 41-40 home victory over Ball State, last seen losing 58-38 to Central Michigan.
OSU coach Mike Gundy spent Monday dodging questions about Nebraska's fall from grace. He finally said, what do you want me to say?
"I have a lot of respect for the tradition of Nebraska football, and I think Callahan's a good football coach,” Gundy said.
Right on both counts.