Nebraska football has been one of the nation’s top programs in recent years, with three consecutive 10-win seasons, including a trip to the national championship game in 2015.
But the Cornhuskers have also fallen out of the top 10 in national rankings for the last two years, including falling to No. 11 last year.
The 2017 season, however, will mark the first time since 2010 that Nebraska will win a conference title.
This time, the Cornhounds will take on No. 7 Oklahoma on Saturday.
The Cornhusker offense was already impressive heading into the season, thanks to a dominating defense that has helped lead the nation in yards allowed per game and has scored more than 300 points in every season since 2009.
The defense also is second in the country in yards per game allowed (31.5) and ranks fifth in the nation.
However, Nebraska’s offense also has a new quarterback in Jarrett Stidham, who started five games last year and averaged 5.7 yards per carry.
Stidham has been able to help the Cornodogs get out of their own way this season, and he is averaging 6.3 yards per rush on the season.
That is the highest rate in the Big Ten.
The offense is also generating big plays for Stidman, who has rushed for a career-high 18 touchdowns.
The defense, which ranks sixth in the conference, also has been effective.
The Cornhuskies are allowing just 1.3 points per game, the second lowest mark in the league.
They also have allowed just 3.7 points per play.
Stout quarterback Matt Davis has been especially efficient, completing 71.5 percent of his passes for 1,827 yards with 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
That has helped the offense average 6.8 yards per play, a mark tied for third best in the FBS.
The offensive line has also been a big help, allowing just three sacks in the last four games.
Nebraska’s defense has allowed just 6.2 points per contest, third best among FBS teams.
Stdham is averaging nearly 18 yards per completion with three touchdowns, and Stidhham has accounted for nearly three of those scores.
The senior has been Nebraska’s leading rusher this season with 2,921 yards and nine touchdowns.
He has also caught 11 passes for 109 yards.
Stiim, a 6-foot-2, 222-pound sophomore, is averaging 5.1 yards per attempt and has two touchdowns on 20 carries.
He is also averaging 2.9 yards per pass attempt.
Stidenham, a junior from Nebraska, is the third player in program history to lead the conference in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns.
Stidha is tied for the team lead with 3,066 rushing yards.
He also leads the Big 12 with eight touchdowns on the year.
Stidenham has averaged 6.4 yards per rushing attempt, good for fifth on the team.
Stiim has totaled 2,819 yards and eight touchdowns.