Like the couple in an unhappy marriage that finally calls it quits and separates, the Big XII split from
While this move has been coming for over a year, it’s still strange to see the banner of the Big XII website only list ten members. And for
As the last member to join the old Big Eight Conference,
Nebraska also prides itself on having the best fans in the nation. This is debatable. What isn't debatable is the type of niceness Nebraska exudes is the passive-aggressive, Midwest-nice that sets teeth on edge. This is the type of nice that congratulates the opponent for a "good try" after a 45-7 beating in football. A niceness that is born from years of dominant football teams being the only game in Nebraska, conditioning fans to expect undefeated seasons every year. It's also developed some remarkably thin-skinned fans. It's easy to be nice to your opponents while walking all over them, it's losing that shows true character.
In that way, Iowa State has been the anti-Nebraska. Iowa State could never point to national championships or Heisman trophy winners in its history. But the years of suffering through losing seasons and blowout losses engendered a toughness to the fanbase. Iowa State fans relish every win and shake off the losses. There's no arrogance to the fanbase, just an enjoyment of the teams and the university they support.
So yeah, enjoy the new conferences Colorado & Nebraska. Hopefully Iowa State can schedule a few home & home series in the future, for old times sake.