I don’t know how else to say it. We have officially lost all ability to rag on Kansas State and the creampuff-laden schedules of the Bill Snyder era. We are what we hate.
Exhibit A – The Huskers’ 2009 Football Schedule
09/05 Florida Atlantic
09/19 Virginia Tech
09/26 Arkansas State
10/17 Texas Tech
10/24 Iowa State
11/21 Kansas State
Not one, not two, but THREE(!) teams from the Sun Belt Conference. This is college football purgatory. If I wanted to watch teams from the Sun Belt, I would, you know…cheer for teams from the Sun Belt. Instead I chose the magic, the wonder, the tradition that is NEBRASKA FOOTBALL. And what do I get for my years of dutiful obsession? Owls and Ragin’ Cajuns and Indians.
This is why the rest of the college football world refuses to take us seriously. This is why ESPN displays its so-called “Husker bias”. This is why starting 4-0 or 3-1 means nothing. This is why our non-conference games are only televised on a pay-per-view basis. This is why I’m starting every sentence with “This is why”.
But just how bad is the Sun Belt? As a conference it has only been around since 2001. But its members have been playing Division I teams for quite some time. This is how Sun Belt Conference teams have fared against the other major conferences.
Oh where have you gone strength of schedule component? We miss thee.