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How Will Minnesota, Big 10 Football Teams Fare Against the Nebraska Cornhuskers?

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Golden Gophers are 29-20-2 against Nebraska all-time, but just 0-14 since 1963; Cornhuskers have won 39 of 45 contests against current Big 10 schools over the past 48 years

A formal announcement is expected on Friday as to whether or not the rumored Big 10 Conference expansion will begin with the fabled Nebraska Cornhuskers program.

The potential frenzied expansion of conferences such as the Big 10 and PAC-10 in the near future is considered to be driven almost exclusively by financial considerations for the universities involved (e.g. television revenue).

Estimated revenue increases for the University of Nebraska, for example, could approach a doubling of funds distributed to it by the Big 10 compared to the Big 12 - to the tune of $20 million yearly.

But what can we expect to happen on the football field?

If past is prologue, many teams in the Big 10 will be looking up in the conference standings at another powerhouse program.

A Smart Politics analysis of NCAA records finds that during the past few generations, the Cornhuskers have thoroughly dominated the 11 teams currently comprising the Big 10, winning 39 games and losing only 6 (a .867 winning percentage).

One team has suffered more than any other during the past five decades - the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Since 1962, the Gophers are 0-14 against Nebraska, with their last loss a 56-0 drubbing in Lincoln in 1990.

During this 14-game stretch, the Gophers have been outscored by Nebraska by a 553 to 100 margin.

Gopher fans might remember nightmares such as the 84-13 embarrassment in 1983 in Minneapolis, or one of the five shut-outs the Cornhuskers have delivered against Minnesota in Lincoln in 1967 (7-0), 1972 (49-0), 1974 (54-0), 1989 (48-0), and 1990 (56-0).

Overall, Nebraska has outscored current Big 10 teams by more than a 3:1 margin over the past 45 games - by a combined margin of 1,673 points to 536 points.

The only current Big 10 teams to have defeated Nebraska since 1962 are the 1974 Wisconsin Badgers (21-20), the 1981 Iowa Hawkeyes (10-7), the 1985 Michigan Wolverines (27-23), and the Penn State Nittany Lions - two times before joining the Big 10 (30-24 in 1981, 27-24 in 1982) and once in 2002 (40-7).

Of course, the Nebraska Cornhuskers of the 2010s are not the same team that won five national championships from the 1970s through the 1990s, including three titles during a four-year stretch (1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, 1997).

Still, even the good-but-not-great Cornhuskers team of the past decade has had good fortune against the Big 10 - winning five of six contests in the 2000s, including all three Alamo Bowl appearances against Northwestern in 2000, Michigan State in 2003, and Michigan in 2005.

Although Nebraska has dominated current Big 10 teams since 1962, the story was much different during the preceding 70+ years.

The Cornhuskers won only 39 of 110 games against these 11 teams from 1890 through 1961, for a winning percentage of .395.

Nebraska played Minnesota more than any other current Big 10 team during this stretch at 37 games, with the Gophers notching a 29-6-2 record against their foe from Lincoln.

The Iowa Hawkeyes played Nebraska 35 times, tallying a 21-11-3 record against the Cornhuskers during these early years.

Overall, during the 120-year history of its football program, Nebraska has totaled a 78-68-9 record against current Big 10 teams, for a winning percentage of .532.

· The Cornhuskers have never lost to Michigan State, winning all five games.
· Minnesota has won the most games against Nebraska (29) as well as lost the most games against them (20).
· Nebraska has failed to beat Ohio State (0-2) and Purdue (0-1).

Nebraska Cornhusker Football Cumulative Record Against Current Big 10 Teams, 1890-2009

Opponent
Won
Lost
Tie
Total
Percentage
Michigan State
5
0
0
5
1.000
Illinois
7
2
1
10
.750
Iowa
26
12
3
41
.671
Northwestern
2
1
0
3
.667
Wisconsin
3
2
0
5
.600
Penn State
6
7
0
13
.462
Indiana
7
9
3
19
.447
Minnesota
20
29
2
51
.412
Michigan
2
3
0
5
.400
Ohio State
0
2
0
2
.000
Purdue
0
1
0
1
.000
Total
78
68
9
155
.532
Table compiled by Smart Politics.

Nebraska would be the second Big 12 team to leave its conference. The University of Colorado announced on Thursday it had accepted an invitation to join the PAC-10 Conference beginning in 2012.

The departure of other teams from the Big 12 are expected to be announced later this summer.

Game by Game Results of Nebraska vs. Current Big 10 Teams, 1890-2009

Year
Team
Result
Score
Location
2005
Michigan
Won
32-28
Neutral
2003
Penn State
Won
18-10
Home
2003
Michigan State
Won
17-3
Neutral
2002
Penn State
Lost
7-40
Away
2000
Iowa
Won
42-13
Home
2000
Northwestern
Won
66-17
Neutral
1999
Iowa
Won
42-7
Away
1996
Michigan State
Won
55-14
Home
1995
Michigan State
Won
50-10
Away
1990
Minnesota
Won
56-0
Home
1989
Minnesota
Won
48-0
Home
1986
Illinois
Won
59-14
Away
1985
Illinois
Won
52-25
Home
1985
Michigan
Lost
23-27
Neutral
1984
Minnesota
Won
38-7
Home
1983
Penn State
Won
44-6
Neutral
1983
Minnesota
Won
84-13
Away
1982
Iowa
Won
42-7
Home
1982
Penn State
Lost
24-27
Away
1981
Iowa
Lost
7-10
Away
1981
Penn State
Lost
24-30
Home
1980
Iowa
Won
57-0
Home
1980
Penn State
Won
21-7
Away
1979
Iowa
Won
24-21
Away
1979
Penn State
Won
42-17
Home
1978
Indiana
Won
69-17
Away
1977
Indiana
Won
31-13
Home
1976
Indiana
Won
45-13
Away
1975
Indiana
Won
45-0
Home
1974
Wisconsin
Lost
20-21
Away
1974
Northwestern
Won
49-7
Home
1974
Minnesota
Won
54-0
Home
1973
Wisconsin
Won
20-16
Home
1973
Minnesota
Won
48-7
Away
1972
Minnesota
Won
49-0
Home
1971
Minnesota
Won
35-7
Home
1970
Minnesota
Won
35-10
Away
1969
Minnesota
Won
42-14
Away
1968
Minnesota
Won
17-14
Away
1967
Minnesota
Won
7-0
Home
1966
Wisconsin
Won
31-3
Away
1965
Wisconsin
Won
37-0
Home
1964
Minnesota
Won
26-21
Away
1963
Minnesota
Won
14-7
Away
1962
Michigan
Won
25-13
Away
1960
Minnesota
Lost
14-26
Home
1959
Minnesota
Won
32-12
Away
1959
Indiana
Lost
7-23
Home
1958
Penn State
Won
14-7
Home
1958
Purdue
Lost
0-28
Away
1956
Ohio State
Lost
7-34
Away
1956
Indiana
Lost
14-19
Home
1955
Ohio State
Lost
20-28
Away
1954
Minnesota
Lost
7-19
Away
1953
Illinois
Tie
21-21
Away
1952
Penn State
Lost
0-10
Away
1952
Minnesota
Lost
7-13
Home
1951
Penn State
Lost
7-15
Home
1951
Minnesota
Lost
20-39
Away
1950
Indiana
Tie
20-20
Home
1950
Minnesota
Won
32-26
Away
1950
Penn State
Won
19-0
Home
1949
Minnesota
Lost
6-28
Home
1949
Penn State
Lost
7-22
Away
1948
Minnesota
Lost
13-39
Away
1947
Indiana
Lost
0-17
Home
1947
Minnesota
Lost
13-28
Home
1946
Minnesota
Lost
6-33
Away
1946
Iowa
Lost
7-21
Away
1946
Indiana
Lost
7-27
Home
1945
Minnesota
Lost
7-61
Home
1945
Indiana
Lost
14-54
Away
1945
Iowa
Won
13-6
Home
1944
Minnesota
Lost
0-39
Away
1944
Indiana
Lost
0-54
Away
1944
Iowa
Lost
6-27
Away
1943
Minnesota
Lost
0-54
Away
1943
Indiana
Lost
13-54
Home
1943
Iowa
Lost
13-33
Home
1942
Iowa
Lost
0-27
Away
1942
Indiana
Lost
0-12
Home
1942
Minnesota
Lost
2-15
Home
1941
Indiana
Lost
13-21
Home
1941
Minnesota
Lost
0-9
Away
1941
Iowa
Won
14-13
Home
1940
Minnesota
Lost
7-13
Away
1940
Indiana
Won
13-7
Home
1940
Iowa
Won
14-6
Home
1939
Indiana
Tie
7-7
Away
1939
Minnesota
Won
6-0
Home
1938
Minnesota
Lost
7-16
Away
1938
Indiana
Tie
0-0
Home
1938
Iowa
Won
14-0
Away
1937
Minnesota
Won
14-9
Home
1937
Indiana
Won
7-0
Home
1937
Iowa
Won
28-0
Home
1936
Minnesota
Lost
0-7
Away
1936
Indiana
Won
13-9
Home
1935
Minnesota
Lost
7-12
Home
1934
Minnesota
Lost
0-20
Away
1934
Iowa
Won
14-13
Home
1933
Iowa
Won
7-6
Home
1932
Minnesota
Lost
6-7
Away
1932
Iowa
Won
14-13
Away
1931
Northwestern
Lost
7-19
Away
1931
Iowa
Won
7-0
Home
1930
Iowa
Lost
7-12
Away
1925
Illinois
Won
14-0
Away
1924
Illinois
Lost
6-9
Home
1923
Illinois
Lost
7-24
Away
1920
Penn State
Lost
0-20
Away
1920
Michigan State
Won
35-7
Home
1919
Iowa
Lost
0-18
Away
1919
Minnesota
Tie
6-6
Away
1918
Iowa
Lost
0-12
Home
1917
Iowa
Won
47-0
Home
1917
Michigan
Lost
0-20
Away
1916
Iowa
Won
34-17
Away
1915
Iowa
Won
52-7
Home
1914
Michigan State
Won
24-0
Home
1914
Iowa
Won
16-7
Away
1913
Minnesota
Won
7-0
Home
1913
Iowa
Won
12-0
Home
1912
Minnesota
Lost
0-13
Away
1911
Minnesota
Lost
3-21
Away
1910
Minnesota
Lost
0-27
Away
1909
Minnesota
Lost
0-14
Neutral
1909
Iowa
Tie
6-6
Home
1908
Minnesota
Tie
0-0
Away
1908
Iowa
Won
11-8
Away
1907
Minnesota
Lost
5-8
Away
1906
Minnesota
Lost
0-13
Away
1905
Michigan
Lost
0-31
Away
1905
Minnesota
Lost
0-35
Away
1905
Illinois
Won
24-6
Home
1904
Minnesota
Lost
12-16
Away
1904
Iowa
Won
17-6
Home
1904
Illinois
Won
16-10
Home
1903
Illinois
Won
16-0
Home
1903
Iowa
Won
17-6
Home
1902
Minnesota
Won
6-0
Away
1901
Minnesota
Lost
0-19
Away
1901
Wisconsin
Lost
0-18
Neutral
1900
Minnesota
Lost
12-20
Home
1899
Iowa
Lost
0-30
Neutral
1898
Iowa
Lost
5-6
Neutral
1897
Iowa
Won
6-0
Neutral
1896
Iowa
Tie
0-0
Neutral
1896
Iowa
Lost
0-6
Neutral
1895
Iowa
Won
6-0
Neutral
1894
Iowa
Won
36-0
Neutral
1893
Iowa
Won
20-18
Neutral
1892
Illinois
Won
6-0
Home
1892
Iowa
Tie
10-10
Neutral
1891
Iowa
Lost
0-22
Neutral
Table compiled by Smart Politics.

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2 Comments


  • With Nebraska departing the Big 10 the likelihood of the mass exodus of the South is near certainty. I hope the remaining Big 12 North schools negotiate a deal with the Big East.

  • This is interesting. I forgot how much money the remaining schools could make from the penatly fees. The remaining 5 schools could try to broker a football alliance with the Big East but remain the Big 12 in name.
    Officials from five Big 12 schools -- Kansas, Missouri, Kansas State, Iowa State and Baylor -- held a conference call on Saturday, The Kansas City Star reported. The schools agreed they would like to continue as members of the Big 12.
    The five potential teams that could be left in the Big 12 if the exodus of five others continues to the Pac-10 would be wise to remain together, a conference commissioner with experience dealing with expansion told ESPN.com's Andy Katz.
    The reason is simple: The five remaining schools would be due a huge payday and ultimately could salvage automatic berths to the NCAA tournament and possibly the BCS through expansion themselves.
    The commissioner, who didn't want to be identified because he's involved in the ongoing realignment of college athletics, told Katz it would be critical for Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Baylor and Iowa State to maintain the Big 12 as an entity or corporation.
    "The assets, the amount of money that they would be due by exit fees back to the corporation would be huge," said the commissioner. "Rather than dissolve the Big 12, they are better off as a Big 12 entity then moving to the Mountain West."
    Taken from:
    http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/news/story?id=5282178

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