Nebraska ended their second season in the Big Ten on a sour note with a loss in the Capital One Bowl for the second straight year, but it was still their third 10-win season in the last four years. The Nebraska football program historically has been one of the strongest in the nation, as they’ve made a bowl game in 42 of the last 44 years. The 2012 team was no less strong despite the losses in that Capital One Bowl and the Big Ten Championship Game to Wisconsin, as they knocked off Wisconsin, Michigan, Northwestern, and Michigan State in the regular season. Quarterback Taylor Martinez returns for his senior year after throwing for 2,871 yards and 23 touchdowns last year. Leading rusher Ameer Abdullah and leading receiver Kenny Bell also return. Nebraska loses linebacker Eric Martin (8.5 sacks in 2012), but four-star recruit Randy Gregory will make an impact on the defensive line. Four-star recruit Johnny Stanton will also wait in the wings for Martinez to graduate before perhaps taking over the job himself. The Cornhuskers coaching staff and scouts have also reeled in eight other four-star prospects, only one of whom comes from within the state of Nebraska. This shows that Nebraska knows how to recruit competitively up against big schools from all over the nation, which bodes well for future Cornhuskers squads.
The Cornhuskers play their home games at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. A new addition to the east stands has expanded stadium capacity to more than 87,000 for 2013, along with new skyboxes and club seating. The stadium usually resembles a sea of red by the devoted fans who come from all over the country, alumni of the university or not. The stadium also holds a streak of 325 consecutive sellouts, a streak that began in 1962. The stadium holds more people than the population of any city in Nebraska besides Omaha and Lincoln. If looking for winning football, look no further, as Nebraska is the winningest football team in college football over the last 50 years in winning percentage and wins and has the fourth-most victories all-time. They could very well add to their five national titles soon—don’t miss the action with Gold Coast Tickets!