The Drive: December 15th, 4pm – Should Logan Smothers start on Friday against Rutgers?

  • Nebraska doesn’t need to “beat” Rutgers, but they CANNOT lose to Rutgers
  • Might as well see what the freshman has before the offseason

We can dream a little bit…should Nebraska give Logan Smothers a chance to play on Friday?

-It’s a game you can’t afford to lose, sure… But if you do lose, it’s just another loss in a lost season. We know what you have in Adrian Martinez and Luke McCaffrey at QB… Why not let Smothers get a shot?

-Frost spoke highly of Smothers on Monday, and since this year doesn’t count at all for eligibility, is there a huge risk in playing him? What if he throws well? Interesting conversation for next year. Martinez and McCaffrey do not do much to excite the Fanbase in what is essentially your bowl game.

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-Nebraska had a chance to end the season on a strong note, but lost a lowly Minnesota. Why is it so hard for this program?

-Nebraska’s offense continues to struggle… Can its issues be fixed in one off-season? Is a QB change imminent? Or at least coaching in some element?

-what happens if Nebraska loses to Rutgers on Friday?

Nebraska needs to beat Rutgers for a variety of reasons on Friday… But will they?

-Rutgers’ basketball team is a top 25 team, and will (likely) beat Nebraska when they play them in late February, unless the huskers finish strong and Rutgers finishes poorly

-Rutgers is the same team we all make fun of in the Big Ten. If they beat you in both football and basketball in the same year… Is Nebraska then the new Rutgers? Dear God. What is happening?

-Frost/players audio from Monday…

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-Why doesn’t it seem like Nebraska is as motivated to play as other teams in a year they begged to play?

-If you were Logan Smothers, what would you think about Frost saying McCaffrey is the QB of the future?

-Do we see a pissed off Nebraska team against Iowa on Friday or a defeated squad?

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, are people still thankful that Nebraska is playing football this year?

-This is not supposed to be an eyeroll conversation. Remember when people called in and said they’d rather not play this year than have a bad record? Those people got ridiculed by listeners and even Sip and Jake

-Even in a bad year, though, you should prefer to see football than nothing at all, right? You learn nothing about your team in that scenario. Think of it that way.

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Sean Callahan (Husker Online)

-How does Scott Frost stop this from spiraling out of control the rest of the year?

-Why doesn’t Nebraska ever seem to truly play like the underdog that they are and should be?

-Are we looking at a beatdown in Iowa City or can Nebraska make it interesting again?

If Luke McCaffrey is the ‘future’ of Nebraska football as Scott Frost said he was on Monday, what does that leave for Logan Smothers?

-Nebraska has had some bad luck at QB. Joe Burrow opted for LSU instead of Nebraska because Frost and company had Martinez, and the rest is history. Noah Vedral transferred to Rutgers and is a capable passer, while Nebraska can’t get the offense going at all this year

-We don’t know much about Smothers’ ability in the college level because we can’t see practice. But he came in as a highly-regarded QB. What would he say about that quote? And what if he left and became great, and Luke stayed average? Man.