ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 02: A Nebraska Cornhuskers fan looks on during the Capitol One Bowl against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Florida Citrus Bowl on January 2, 2012 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Last year, we tried 50 For 50, and got halfway done before things cropped up. This year, Alligator Army is coming back with 100 For 100, with 100 articles in the 100 days leading up to the first Florida Gators football game of the 2012 season, and will run down storylines, profile players, examine history, and make some predictions, possibly all haphazardly. The only thing we can promise is that each day's entry will bring us all one step closer to "Herrrrrrrrre ... come the Gators!"
And maybe that you'll get a couple of these a day for the next week or so.
Is there a better fantasy matchup for Florida against a team the Gators have already played than the one that provides the ultimate revenge for the end of Florida's 1995 season? I don't think so — and so I'm kind of excited for the Florida vs. Nebraska Outback Bowl Phil Steele has projected, despite the potential nightmares before it.
I know Taylor Martinez is to Tommie Frazier what I am to Dan Jenkins — we barely even exist on the same temporal plane of existence, despite nominally having the same profession. I know the Blackshirts on Nebraska's defense aren't quite as fearsome as they were in Tom Osborne's heyday. And I know the most exciting thing about a Florida-Nebraska game in 2013 or beyond would actually be the race to 100 popped capillaries between Bo Pelini and Will Muschamp.
But the history written and the anguish caused by Nebraska's concussive force in the desert remain, and if Florida's not going to play in a BCS bowl, I would rather the Gators end up with a dance partner they've seen before. Beating Ohio State (again) was cool; beating Nebraska for the first time would be cooler.
And, hell, Nebraska coming to Florida and losing would at least be an amusing bit of symmetry after Florida's failures in the state of Nebraska in the last 12 months.