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BCS Championship

January 10, 2013

Osborne won't compare 1990s' Huskers to Alabama

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Ahman Green, who became the Green Bay Packers' all-time leading rusher after leaving Nebraska following the 1997 season, said he sees a lot of similarities between the '90s Huskers and today's Tide.

"It would be a three-point or overtime win for one of us," Green said.

Those who tout the Southeastern Conference's superiority — the league has won the last seven national championships — would argue the Tide has had to play a tougher schedule than the '90s Nebraska teams faced in the Big Eight/Big 12.

"You have to take your hat off to them because of the level of competition," Osborne said. "I don't know that the SEC top to bottom is filled with great teams, but you have at least three or four very good teams in recent years. To survive that schedule, you have to be very good, obviously."

Colorado was the chief threat to the Huskers in the '90s. Rival Oklahoma was in a down cycle, and Kansas State didn't fully emerge as a national power until 1998, the year after Osborne retired.

Wistrom, who retired in 2006 after a nine-year NFL career, wouldn't venture to guess what would happen if any of Osborne's and Nick Saban's title teams met in a hypothetical game.

"I'm not going to say we're the greatest thing since sliced bread, but we were darned good," he said. "We had a lot of guys go to the pros, but so have they.

"If we could all get back together and be 18 years old and play them, we would decide it and there would be nothing more to talk about. No one would have anything to talk about on the radio. What's the fun in that?"

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