Frazier Says Husker Teams Are Better Than Bama
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When it comes to comparing eras of football, it's hard to compare.
We are talking about different athletes, different styles of play, and even which team’s schedule was stronger at that time.
This leads us to former Nebraska quarterback Tommy Frazier. who was just elected to the College football Hall of Fame. Frazier says his Nebraska teams back in the 1990's were better than the Alabama teams who have won three of the last four national championships.
“In my mind, I already know which team was better,” Frazier said, according to the Omaha (Neb.)World-Herald. “I say it publicly all the time that I don’t think there’s any team out there that could beat that ’95 team, and over a five-year span, I don’t think too many teams put up that record."
Don't get me wrong, Frazier has every right to defend his team and what they accomplished at the time. It was quite impressive and some of the numbers back him up, but there remain two things that stand out in Alabama's favor.
First, Alabama's defense is better. The Cornhuskers defense averaged yielding 14 points a game during that time. Alabama's defense only gave up 11 points per game. And second, consider the balance of the offenses. Those Nebraska teams were strictly a running team; if they passed it, was probably done by accident. Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron threw 30 touchdowns last year. The most touchdowns Frazier threw in a season is 18, which was in 1995.
Alabama and Nebraska both fielded great football teams during their eras, and the numbers bear that out. But if these teams played each other today, it would be closer than either fan base thinks. In the end, does it really matter who is better?
The most important thing is those championship trophies.