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BCS Championship

January 10, 2013

Osborne won't compare 1990s' Huskers to Alabama

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"We tried to beat teams into submission," Green said. "(Alabama) didn't put up the scores we did, but they made it known when the game was over and the game was won."

Osborne pointed out that the Huskers had to depend on the polls to win national titles more than the recent Tide teams, which have been able to settle things on the field through the Bowl Championship Series.

Had the BCS system been in place — and Osborne said he wishes it had been — Nebraska would have had to beat unbeaten Penn State in 1994 and unbeaten Michigan in 1997.

Of his three national championship teams, Osborne ranks the 1995 Huskers as the most talented team he coached.

That team outscored opponents by an average of 53-14, outgained them 562 yards to 298 and never trailed in a game after the second quarter.

Many observers have called the '95 Huskers the greatest college football team of all time.

Osborne declined to compare that team to any of Alabama's title teams.

"How people want to rank them," he said, "is up to them."

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