College football: After the week he's had, Nebraska's Bo Pelini better not lose to South Dakota State

Bo Pelini's seat has been hot all week. But if Pelini thinks he has trouble now, just lose to South Dakota State on Saturday. And don't think it's not possible.
by Berry Tramel Published: September 20, 2013
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Bo Pelini's seat has been hot all week. First, his Nebraska team was routed by UCLA. Then Pelini waged a war of words with Husker quarterback legend Tommie Frazier. Finally, a two-year-old, profanity-laced recording of Pelini ripping Nebraska fans was released.

But if Pelini thinks he has trouble now, just lose to South Dakota State on Saturday.

And don't think it's not possible. The Jackrabbits are 3-0 and ranked sixth in NCAA Division I-AA. They beat Southeastern Louisiana 34-26 last week, and that's the team that played TCU tough two weeks ago.

Plus, here's some history. Back in better days, 2010, Nebraska had a quality team. Those Huskers won the Big 12 North and led Oklahoma 17-0 in the conference title game, before the Sooners rallied for a 23-20 victory.

South Dakota State came to Lincoln in 2010 and played the Huskers tough. Nebraska was coming off a rousing victory over Washington, but the Jackrabbits never went away. The Huskers won 17-3.

That Nebraska team was much better than what this Nebraska team appears to be. And that South Dakota State team finished 5-6. Bo Pelini should not be sleeping easy this week.


by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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