The Nebraska Football team is facing off against a Michigan State squad in disarray on Saturday and even Spartans supporters know how bad things are.
It’s been a long time since a Nebraska Football team went on the road with a winning record in a Big Ten game this late in the season, where it was also favored. Matt Rhule and the Huskers enter those unfamiliar waters on Saturday morning at 11 am when they take on a Michigan State Spartans squad that has been in a free fall for most of the season.
Sparty started out the year 2-0 and there was certainly talk about Mel Tucker pulling another rabbit out of the hat and finally earning the massive contract he was given a few years ago.
Then there was talk about Mel Tucker … pulling some inappropriate behavior and subsequently getting fired for cause. Jump ahead six weeks and the Spartans have lost six in a row, with only one of those losses being competitive.
Far be it from me to laugh at a rival teams’ misfortune (ok I actually do it a lot) but it couldn’t have happened to a nicer program. Mel Tucker is a crap person and the Spartans are a crap team. But you don’t have to believe me.
Just ask Michigan State insider Jack Ebling, who spoke to Hail Varsity ahead of the game on Saturday. Ebling didn’t hold back when he talked about what’s gone wrong for Sparty this season.
He started off his comments by saying that he thought there would be a mass exodus of players after the things started falling apart. While there have been some MSU players entering the portal, including one being pursued by Nebraska Football, Ebling noted most are hanging in.
However, that was about the only nice thing he had to say.
Nebraska Football playing a brain dead team
“They have some of the most brain-dead special teams play you will ever see,” he continued adding that it’s cost them two games at least. He pointed to both the Iowa game where MSU lost 26-16 and Rutgers where they lost 27-24.
Ebling said there were three special teams plays that lost those games. Then the insider offered up his critique of the other aspects of the team.
“The offense is one of the worst in the country, and the defense is getting gashed. So that’s a bad combination.”
It’s certainly not unheard of for people around a bad program to tell it like it is. Nebraska Football could have used more of that during the Scott Frost era. But Ebling’s comments about “brain dead” play stands out for its harshness.
Here’s hoping Nebraska Football can take advantage of those weaknesses on Saturday.