The Huskers fell on their face in their Week Zero game, which effectively opened the entire college football season. The team fell to Illinois, a Big Ten bottom feeder, 30-22, and as Scott Frost admitted, it looked like the same struggling program of the last few years.
Combine years of subpar play with concerns about COVID-19, and other factors, and a sellout for Saturday's home opener against Fordham was far from a guarantee. Rather than let the streak die at 375 games, a group of donors reportedly stepped up and are buying up the remaining tickets for underprivileged youth.
That is obviously a nice gesture. With how competitive Huskers tickets are, there are plenty of young fans who will get their first chance to see the team in person, which is a thrill. However, it is a bit of a gimmick when it comes to keeping the streak alive.
Plenty around the college football world believe that a stunt like this, however well-intentioned, is not really in the spirit of the streak itself.
At the same time, drawing new fans to the sport is important. It wouldn't shock anyone if some young Nebraskans became lifelong Huskers fans after the experience on Saturday.
After the Sept. 4 game against Fordham, Nebraska football will host Buffalo on Sept. 11, before traveling to Oklahoma, a former Big 12 rival and the team with the second-longest streak in the country.
Nebraska's home slate continues with Northwestern (Oct. 2), Michigan (Oct. 9), Purdue (Oct. 30), Ohio State (Nov. 6), and Iowa (Nov. 26). We'll see if Scott Frost's team can give fans something to cheer, and show up, for.