What a difference a year makes, huh?
Exactly one year ago today, the Huskers made an improbable fourth quarter comeback against Miami only to immediately lose in overtime and fall to 1-2 to start the first season of the Mike Riley era. Things really couldn’t have been any worse for Husker Nation.
Now, the Huskers are 3-0, ranked 20th in two ultimately pointless polls and should be able to run the table to 7-0 before their trip to Wisconsin.
Meanwhile, Oregon fans are all in a dander over losing to the Huskers and are already calling for the head of Mark Helfrich.
A case could be made that he’s destined to become the Frank Solich of Eugene, but give the guy a chance. Unlike Frank, he didn’t have to wait until his fourth season to lose a National Championship game. It only took him until year two.
That still isn’t enough to keep the #FireHelfrich crowd from lighting up their Twitter torches. For your enjoyment, here are the hottest of hot takes from rabid Duck fans.
Chip Kelly and Marcus Mariota led this program to new heights – only to have it be slowly destroyed by Mark Helfrich. #FireHelfrich
— The Duck (@FireHelfrich) September 18, 2016
OK. Um, I’m not even an Oregon fan and I know the dynamic duo of Chip Kelly and Marcus Mariota was only good for a single Rose Bowl victory. It was #FireHelfrich who led Mariota to Alamo Bowl glory and got the Ducks back to the title game.
No other NCAA team is running 2pt conversions tonight. #FIREHELFRICH
— J.P. (@jpb2point0) September 18, 2016
You are probably right.
The Oregon Ducks continue to try their best to imitate a Kelly coached team and fall short! #FireHelfrich
— Big D (@bigdon0660) September 18, 2016
Hey, Chip Kelly lost his championship game too.
Ducks played for a national title with Helfrich as HC. IF we #FireHelfrich who would you want? Chip isn't coming back.
— Pacduneslooper (@Pacduneslooper) September 18, 2016
Twitter is not the place for rational arguments, buddy.
Unhappy Duck Fans. Season tix are $$. Helf is "politing" us into mediocrity #firehelfrich momentum gaining speed – like we used to have.
— Barbara Kauss (@barbarakauss) September 18, 2016
Somebody just dropped Steve Pederson’s favorite word.
— Legend. (@ghentmills) September 18, 2016
But math is hard.
— Darek Steiger (@lowell321) September 17, 2016
True. But Husker Nation is not complaining.
— Mike Robbins (@MikeSawsum) September 17, 2016
What kind of car did Mr. #FireHelfrich get as a replacement?
— JD Lopez (@jdlcorp) September 17, 2016
Holy shit. No program should ever be that desperate.
Lost by three points. Failed 3 2-pt conversions. #FireHelfrich
— Alan Duran (@alanjd87) September 17, 2016
Again, Husker Nation will never complain about this.
What fucking coach goes for 5 2-pt conversions? Good job losing by 3 oregon. Hope you fucking enjoyed missing 4 2-pt in a row. #FireHelfrich
— Kyle Reints (@Kyledr94) September 17, 2016
That’s a great question.
Oh sure. They could simply trade jobs.
— Christopher Walker (@WalkerChris007) September 17, 2016
Contrary to popular belief, there are probably a few worse coaches out there. And they don’t even go for 2 every time.
Does this mean Brady Hoke would still have a job or does #FireHelfrich cover both of them?
We’ll see about that. Good luck against Colorado next week.