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Osborne says images and perceptions influence polls
By Derek Samson _
At one time, a rated football team wouldn't
drop in the polls after beating another rated
team — especially if the team in front of it lost.
But for Coach Tom Osborne and his sccond
and third-ranked Cornhuskcrs, those days arc
After beating No. 16 Kansas State 17-6 in
Manhattan Saturday, Nebraska was in for a big
surprise from the polls on Sunday.
Then-No. 1 Florida lost to Auburn, but the
second-ranked Huskersdidn’l take over the lop
spot. Penn State — which beat Michigan on
Saturday —jumped to No. 1 in both polls.
Nebraska remained No. 2 in the USA TO
DAY/CNN coaches’ poll, but Colorado moved
ahead of the Huskcrs in the Associated Press
poll after an impressive win over Oklahoma.
Osborne said at his weekly press conference
on Tuesday that the polls had changed dra
matically over the years.
“There was a time when if you were ranked
fifth and a team ahead of you lost, then you
moved up a notch,” he said. “Now you see a lot
more shake-ups and juggling one way or an
other. I think a lot of it has to do with percep
tion. A lot of it has to do with commentary.
“Teams arc the hot teams nationally, and
they are talked up on all the TV shows, and
other teams kind of fall out of favor."
Osborne said it wasn’t that long ago when
Nebraska was one of the country’s hot teams.
“We were a hot team early on when Tommie
Frazier was healthy, and we beat West Virginia
by quite a bit.” Osborne'said. “We thought we
got more credit than we deserved. At the time
1 thought, ‘Man, all the sudden everybody
loves us. and we've only played one game.’
“But everybody saw us, and we were pretty
dominant. So I think the thing you have to do
is just play the rest of the season and shake it
For now. Osborne isn't focusing on the polls
as he prepares his team to travel to Missouri on
“I know there is a lot of agonizing over the
polls and who's going to be No. 1.” Osborne
said. “I'm honestly just totally engrossed in
what's going to happen in Columbia. Mo., and
doing well in the Big Eight Conference. Then,
hopefully in the end, we re in a position to have
a chance to make an impact on the national
ESPN and its College GameDay analysts
have contributed to the changing trends in the
polls, Osborne said.
“I don’t want to plug one network, but if you
watch SportsCenter on Saturday night, you
pretty much get the line on how people will
vole,” he said. “They’ll tell you how to vote,
and a lot of people buy into that. They 'll say this
team is great, and they’ll repeat that several
times in a period of three hours.
“They’ll say this team isn’t very good, or
this team had a great win. I really think that has
come to shape a lot of the balloting.”
Osborne said he noticed last year how much
the polls had changed.
Florida State lost to Notre Dame in Novem
ber and. before the Irish fell to Boston College,
a rematch was probable for the national cham
pionship in the Fiesta Bowl.
Instead, Florida Stale — with a loss —
played the unbeaten Huskers in the Orange
Bowl for the title, even though West Virginia
finished the regular season undefeated.
“1 think (the polls changing) had a lot to do
with last year,” Osborne said. “Florida State
was going to be in there no matter what. I m not
saying Florida Stale didn’t deserve to be in
there, because they were a great team.
“1 just think there is more hype and more
influence on the votes then there used to be.
Osborne said who the hot teams were some
times depended on the opponents, which wasn ’ t
“I think Florida was the hot team, then they
get beat, and now Penn State is,” he said.
“There still is a lot attached to a name. If you
beat Michigan, that’s a lot more than beating
“Yet, there are a lot of name teams like Penn
State that would go down to Manhattan and
have a heck of a ballgamc on their hands.
Image and perception are sometimes more
important than reality.”
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was pretty nervous the first couple of
Other than helping out on occa
sion. Frazier said he was going to
devote most of his time to the
classwork he missed while he was in
He said he planned to go to prac
tice every once in a while.
“It’s just hard for me to go out
there and watch the other guys,” he
said, “knowing that I can’t be out
Frazier has not been cleared to
participate in any kind of exercise
other than walking on the treadmill
and upper-body weightlifting.
“It seems like that’s all I do now is
walk.” he said.
Frazier said he used to hate walk
“You couldn't get me to walk be
tween this building and the next.” he
In a few months, though, that walk
ing will progress into running, cut
ting and jumping. By the beginning
of spring practice in March. Frazier
said the doctors told him he probably
would be at full speed and ready for
Since he played i n only four games
this season, Frazier said he was still
held out hope that he would be able to
obtain an extra year of eligibility un
der the medical hardship regulations.
In 1994. Frazier accounted for 10
touchdowns, threw for 273 yards and
ran for 248 yards. If another season is
awarded to him. he said lie would
take advantage of the opportunity.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that
I would play the extra year if I got the
opportunity.” he said. “But I'm not
going to gel my hopes up high, be
cause we arc cutting it close.”
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