Bo Pelini and Taylor Martinez's times in Lincoln started with promise.
Instead, the duo have been the poster boys of something else entirely: a program that simply looks stalled. If the collective minds at Nebraska aren't already thinking it, it's time to wonder if they're the ones to bring the Cornhuskers back to prominence.
Pelini arrived in 2008 with a reputation as a defensive mastermind, building some fearsome units at LSU. But his influence hasn't translated with the Cornhuskers, who in Saturday's 41-21 loss to then-No. 16 UCLA, gave up 504 yards.
Remove the Week 2 win over Southern Miss, in which Nebraska allowed 248 yards, and Pelini's D has been burned for 2,335 yards in four games that include last year's Big Ten title game vs. Wisconsin, the Capital One Bowl against Georgia and this year vs. Wyoming and the Bruins. Those defensive struggles have played a big part as the Huskers are 3-8 in their last 11 games vs. Top 25 teams and winless in four meetings against opponen...