Imagine Mick Jagger joining the Beatles. Imagine comedian Adam Carolla becoming a member of The View. Imagine starting each day by pouring orange juice over your Cheerios.
That’s where I’ll be at mentally come July 1st, as the Nebraska Cornhuskers officially join the Big 10 Conference.
When it comes to college football I’m a traditionalist. I still haven’t completely adjusted to the fact that the annual winners of the Pac-10 and Big 10 aren’t squaring off in the Rose Bowl every year (since the BCS often throws a monkey wrench into the match ups).
Nebraska football, to me, is Turner Gill and Mike Rozier playing for national championship. It’s Tom Osborne pacing the sidelines dressed in red. It’s Tommie Frasier and the dynasty of the mid 1990s, rolling up colossal yardage and multiple national championships.
And as a fan of the Huskies, it’s Washington knocking off the Cornhuskers in 1991, 1992 and in the 2010 Holiday Bowl.
In a sense, Nebraska is synonymous with Oklahoma and Texas. It’s that Southwestern flavor that stems back to the days of the Big 8.
Now that Nebraska is leaving the Big 12 to join the Big 10, the definition of each conference is forever altered.
Among Cornhusker fans, it seems there’s a split between those in favor and those against.
As the Washington Huskies travel to Lincoln this September, it’ll feel odd to be taking on a team that’s linked arm-in-arm with the likes of Michigan, Ohio State and Purdue.