The Nebraska Cornhuskers are the next Tennessee volunteers. What exactly do I mean by that? The Tennessee Volunteers, by SEC standards, have not been that great of a team since the turn of the century. Since the late 90s, the volunteers haven't won a conference championship. I can't help but wonder, if we were to take the Volunteers out of the SEC and put them in a conference like the ACC or the Big 12, how many conference championships could they have won since 1998?
I believe the Nebraska Cornhuskers are about to run into the same issue. Matt Rhule has proven to be a good college football coach who can build a program up from nearly nothing. The only issue is this time, he is competing in what is arguably the hardest conference to compete in. When you look at the Big Ten, you know two or three teams will rotate winning the conference championship. Ohio State, Michigan, and now and then Michigan State or Wisconsin likes to sneak in there.
The Cornhuskers have not won a conference championship since joining the Big Ten in the 2011 season. Before joining the Big Ten, the last time the Cornhuskers won a conference championship was in 1999 when they were in the Big 12. Nebraska dominated the 90s, winning multiple conference championships that decade.
Nebraska is not quite like Tennessee just yet. They still need to get some wins under their belt, but I see it happening within the next 3 to 4 years. The Cornhuskers will find a lot of success on the field, but they will never win one of the big games as long as they are in the Big 10 conference. If you take them out of the Big Ten and put them into another conference like the ACC or the Oklahomaless Big 12, they could potentially win five or six conference championships over the next 20 years.
For fun, because I believe the two teams will be so similar to one another, Nebraska, and Tennessee should play three games against one another in future seasons. We can declare the winner of the best of three series, "The Best of the Rest."