Young college football fans might find this a bit hard to believe but there was a time not too long ago when the Nebraska Cornhuskers were the preeminent program in the nation.
While these days you’re more likely to find them playing in the Capital One Bowl, Holiday Bowl or Foster Farms Bowl, the Huskers were a mainstay in the national title picture for the better part of the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. The program was perhaps never better than their run from 1993 to 1997 when they won three national titles and finished ranked in the top three in four of the five seasons.
Within that stretch, the 1997 Cornhuskers are often singled out as the best offensive units in school history. Under coach Tom Osborne, running back Ahman Green and quarterback Scott Frost, they dominated opponents with over 2,900 combined rushing yards as the team averaged 46.7 points per game en route to a 13-0 record. Nebraska even manhandled Peyton Manning’s Tennessee squad 42-17 in the Orange Bowl and the Coaches Poll dubbed them National Champions.
Twenty years later, the current Husker football team will honor that championship squad by wearing special throwback uniforms made by Adidas. Nebraska will sport the retro look on October 7 when they host the Wisconsin Badgers.
While the uniform will maintain the modern design and material of the school’s current uniforms, they’ll be made in the mesh style that the 1997 team famously wore. You’ll be able to notice the mesh accents on the numbers most notably.
The team wearing the uniform might not be able to reach the same heights as the 1997 squad, but it’s a reminder of how good Nebraska football used to be and the potential for it to be that good again.