Will Nebraska Cornhusker’s Protected Crossover With Penn State Nittany Lions Be Ruined?
Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE
The Nebraska Cornhuskers made a splash when they announced their intentions to move to the B1G 10 a couple years ago. The Huskers were the newest team to join the league since the Penn State Nittany Lions did so in 1990. When the Huskers joined the league, the B1G was bumped to 12 teams, and each team was given a protected crossover game.
Now that the Freeh Report has come out, the Huskers game against Penn State could be in serious trouble. Many believe that Penn State deserves the death penalty for at least a couple of years. What then happens to the Huskers game every year against the Nittany Lions?
An interesting topic question arrises: will the B1G 10 juggle conference games in order to accomodate the new changed schedule, if Penn State does not have football for the next season or seasons?
A tricky option would be for the Huskers to play one less conference game. If they did that, it would be a major disadvantage as compared to their fellow Legends teams’, and the league would have to change some rules for tiebreakers. The Huskers would then have an extra out of conference game, perhaps (hopefully) against a big time program and not a mid-major school.
One other option for the league to do is to give the Huskers an extra in conference game against a Leaders division team, but that also would be tricky. Husker fans would be upset if they are scheduled against a top team and lose, but fans from other teams would be upset if the Huskers had a matchup against an “easy” team.
If there is a ban on Penn State football, if and when it is over, the Huskers and Nittany Lions rivalry will be quite different than it is today.
Should the Nittany Lions get the death penalty? That’s another topic altogether, but the the NCAA ruling is going to have a lot of repercussions for not only Penn State, but every B1G 10 team and future Lion opponents.