List of Nebraska Cornhuskers football seasons

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This is a list of seasons completed by the Nebraska Cornhuskers football program since the team's inception in 1890. The list documents Nebraska's season records, conference finishes, bowl results, and final rankings.

Seasons[edit]

National Champions Conference Champions Division Champions Bowl game berth
Season Coach Conference Division Season results Postseason result Final ranking
Finish Wins Losses Ties AP Poll1 Coaches
Poll2
BCS/CFP
Poll13
Nebraska Old Gold Knights
1890 Langdon Frothingham3 Independent 2 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
1891 Theron Lyman3 Independent 2 2 0
Nebraska Bugeaters
1892 J.S. Williams3 WIUFA 2nd 2 2 1 N/A N/A N/A
1893 Frank Crawford WIUFA 3rd 3 2 1
1894 WIUFA T–1st 6 2 0
1895 Charles Thomas WIUFA T–1st 6 3 0
1896 E.N. Robinson WIUFA 3rd 6 3 1
1897 WIUFA 1st 5 1 0
1898 Fielding Yost Independent 8 3 0
1899 A.E. Branch Independent 1 7 1
Nebraska Cornhuskers
1900 Walter C. Booth Independent 6 1 1 N/A N/A N/A
1901 Independent 6 2 0
1902 Independent 9 0 0
1903 Independent 10 0 0
1904 Independent 7 3 0
1905 Independent 8 2 0
1906 Amos Foster Independent 6 4 0
1907 W.C. Cole MVIAA T–1st 8 2 0
1908 MVIAA T–2nd 7 2 1
1909 MVIAA T–5th 3 3 2
1910 MVIAA 1st 7 1 0
1911 Ewald O. Stiehm MVIAA T–1st 5 1 2
1912 MVIAA T–1st 7 1 0
1913 MVIAA T–1st 8 0 0
1914 MVIAA 1st 7 0 1
1915 MVIAA 1st 8 0 0
1916 E.J. Stewart MVIAA 1st 6 2 0
1917 MVIAA 1st 5 2 0
1918 William G. Kline MVIAA 4 2 3 1
1919 Henry F. Schulte Independent 3 3 2
1920 Independent 5 3 1
1921 Fred Dawson MVIAA 1st 7 1 0
1922 MVIAA T–1st 7 1 0
1923 MVIAA 1st 4 2 2
1924 MVIAA 2nd 5 3 0
1925 Earnest E. Bearg MVIAA 5th 4 2 2
1926 MVIAA 2nd 6 2 0
1927 MVIAA 2nd 6 2 0
1928 Big 65 1st 7 1 1
1929 Dana X. Bible Big 6 1st 4 1 3
1930 Big 6 4th 4 3 2
1931 Big 6 1st 8 2 0
1932 Big 6 1st 7 1 1
1933 Big 6 1st 8 1 0
1934 Big 6 2nd 6 3 0
1935 Big 6 1st 6 2 1
1936 Big 6 1st 7 2 0 9
1937 L. McC. "Biff" Jones Big 6 1st 6 1 2 11
1938 Big 6 T–3rd 3 5 1
1939 Big 6 2nd 7 1 1 18
1940 Big 6 1st 8 2 0 Lost Rose Bowl (Stanford) 13–21 7
1941 Big 6 T–2nd 4 5 0
1942 Glenn Presnell Big 6 3rd 3 7 0
1943 Adolph Lewandowski Big 6 T–4th 2 6 0
1944 Big 6 4th 2 6 0
1945 George Clark Big 6 4th 4 5 0
1946 Bernie Masterson Big 6 T–3rd 3 6 0
1947 Big 6 4th 2 7 0
1948 George Clark Big 7 T–5th 2 8 0 N/A
1949 Bill Glassford Big 7 T–3rd 4 5 0 N/A
1950 Big 7 2nd 6 2 1 17 20
1951 Big 7 T–4th 2 8 0
1952 Big 7 3rd 5 4 1
1953 Big 7 T–4th 3 6 1
1954 Big 7 2nd 6 5 0 Lost Orange Bowl (Duke) 7–34
1955 Big 7 2nd 5 5 0
1956 Pete Elliott Big 7 4th 4 6 0
1957 Bill Jennings Big 7 7th 1 9 0
1958 Big 7 6th 3 7 0
1959 Big 7 6th 4 6 0
1960 Big 8 T–6th 4 6 0
1961 Big 8 T–6th 3 6 1
1962 Bob Devaney Big 8 3rd 9 2 0 Won Gotham Bowl (Miami) 36–34
1963 Big 8 1st 10 1 0 Won Orange Bowl (Auburn) 13–7 6 5
1964 Big 8 1st 9 2 0 Lost Cotton Bowl Classic (Arkansas) 7–10 6 6
1965 Big 8 1st 10 1 0 Lost Orange Bowl (Alabama) 28–39 5 3
1966 Big 8 1st 9 2 0 Lost Sugar Bowl (Alabama) 7–34 6 7
1967 Big 8 T–5th 6 4 0
1968 Big 8 T–4th 6 4 0
1969 Big 8 T–1st 9 2 0 Won Sun Bowl (Georgia) 45–6 11 12
1970 Big 8 1st 11 0 1 Won Orange Bowl (LSU) 17–12 1 3
1971 Big 8 1st 13 0 0 Won Orange Bowl (Alabama) 38–6 1 1
1972 Big 8 1st 9 2 1 Won Orange Bowl (Notre Dame) 40–6 4 9
1973 Tom Osborne Big 8 T–2nd 9 2 1 Won Cotton Bowl Classic (Texas) 19–3 7 11
1974 Big 8 T–2nd 9 3 0 Won Sugar Bowl (Florida) 13–10 9 8
1975 Big 8 T–1st 10 2 0 Lost Fiesta Bowl (Arizona State) 14–17 9 9
1976 Big 8 T–4th 9 3 1 Won Bluebonnet Bowl (Texas Tech) 27–24 9 7
1977 Big 8 T–2nd 9 3 0 Won Liberty Bowl (North Carolina) 21–17 12 10
1978 Big 8 T–1st 9 3 0 Lost Orange Bowl (Oklahoma) 24–31 8 8
1979 Big 8 2nd 10 2 0 Lost Cotton Bowl Classic (Houston) 14–17 9 7
1980 Big 8 2nd 10 2 0 Won Sun Bowl (Mississippi State) 31–17 7 7
1981 Big 8 1st 9 3 0 Lost Orange Bowl (Clemson) 15–22 11 9
1982 Big 8 1st 12 1 0 Won Orange Bowl (LSU) 21–20 3 3
'1983 Big 8 1st 12 1 0 Lost Orange Bowl (Miami) 30–31 2 2
1984 Big 8 T–1st 10 2 0 Won Sugar Bowl (LSU) 28–10 4 3
1985 Big 8 2nd 9 3 0 Lost Fiesta Bowl (Michigan) 23–27 11 10
1986 Big 8 3rd 10 2 0 Won Sugar Bowl (LSU) 30–15 5 4
1987 Big 8 2nd 10 2 0 Lost Fiesta Bowl (Florida State) 28–31 6 6
1988 Big 8 1st 11 2 0 Lost Orange Bowl (Miami) 3–23 10 10
1989 Big 8 2nd 10 2 0 Lost Fiesta Bowl (Florida State) 17–41 11 12
1990 Big 8 T–2nd 9 3 0 Lost Florida Citrus Bowl (Georgia Tech) 21–45 24 17
1991 Big 8 T–1st 9 2 1 Lost Orange Bowl (Miami) 0–22 15 16
1992 Big 8 1st 9 3 0 Lost Orange Bowl (Florida State) 14–27 14 14
'1993 Big 8 1st 11 1 0 Lost Orange Bowl (Florida State) 16–18 3 3
1994 Big 8 1st 13 0 0 Won Orange Bowl (Miami) 24–17 1 1
1995 Big 8 1st 12 0 0 Won Fiesta Bowl (Florida) 62–24 1 1
1996 Big 12 North 1st 11 2 6 Won Orange Bowl (Virginia Tech) 41–21 6 6
1997 Big 12 North 1st 13 0 Won Orange Bowl (Tennessee) 42–17 2 1
1998 Frank Solich Big 12 North T–2nd 9 4 Lost Holiday Bowl (Arizona) 20–23 19 20 11
1999 Big 12 North 1st 12 1 Won Fiesta Bowl (Tennessee) 31–21 3 2 3
2000 Big 12 North T–1st7 10 2 Won Alamo Bowl (Northwestern) 66–17 8 7 8
2001 Big 12 North T–1st8 11 2 Lost Rose Bowl (Miami) 37–14 8 7 2
2002 Big 12 North 4th 7 7 Lost Independence Bowl (Ole Miss) 27–23
2003 Big 12 North 2nd 10 3 Won Alamo Bowl (Michigan State) 17–39 19 18 20
2004 Bill Callahan Big 12 North T–3rd 5 6
2005 Big 12 North T–2nd 8 4 Won Alamo Bowl (Michigan) 32–28 24 24
2006 Big 12 North 1st 9 5 Lost Cotton Bowl Classic (Auburn) 14–17 23
2007 Big 12 North T–5th 5 7
2008 Bo Pelini9 Big 12 North T–1st10 9 4 Won Gator Bowl (Clemson) 26–21
2009 Big 12 North 1st 10 4 Won Holiday Bowl (Arizona) 33–0 14 14 22
2010 Big 12 North T–1st11 10 4 Lost Holiday Bowl (Washington) 7–19 20 19 18
2011 Big Ten Legends 3rd 9 4 Lost Capital One Bowl (South Carolina) 13–30 24 24 20
2012 Big Ten Legends 1st 10 4 Lost Capital One Bowl (Georgia) 31–45 25 23 16
2013 Big Ten Legends T-2nd 9 4 Won Gator Bowl (Georgia) 24–19 25
2014 Big Ten West T-2nd 9 4 Lost Holiday Bowl (USC) 42–4512
2015 Mike Riley Big Ten West 4th 6 7 Won Foster Farms Bowl (UCLA) 37–29
2016 Big Ten West T-2nd 9 4 Lost Music City Bowl (Tennessee) 38–24
2017 Big Ten West
All Time Record 863 346 40 (only includes regular season games)
26 27 0 (only includes bowl games)
889 372 40 (all games)

[1]

  1. The AP Poll was introduced in 1936. Thus, there are no polls for previous seasons.
  2. The Coaches Poll was introduced in 1950. Therefore, polls for prior seasons do not exist.
  3. Nebraska's earliest coaching history is unclear. Most of these "coaches" were nominal in their roles and likely only coached single games, if any. Nebraska played with no official coach during the rest of these seasons.[2]
  4. The MVIAA did not have any standings or award a champion during the 1918 football season due to World War I and the outbreak of the Spanish Flu.
  5. The Big 6, Big 7, and Big 8 were the same conference. The name was unofficially changed when the membership changed.
  6. Overtime rules in were introduced in 1996, making ties impossible.
  7. Nebraska tied Kansas State for the Big 12 North in 2000. Kansas State was chosen to play in the Big 12 championship, having defeated the Cornhuskers in the regular season.
  8. Nebraska tied Colorado for the Big 12 North in 2001. Colorado was chosen to play in the Big 12 championship, having defeated the Cornhuskers in the regular season.
  9. Frank Solich was fired at the end of the regular season in 2003; Bo Pelini served as interim head coach for the Alamo Bowl against Michigan State.
  10. Nebraska tied Missouri for the Big 12 North in 2008. Missouri was chosen to play in the Big 12 championship, having defeated the Cornhuskers in the regular season.
  11. Missouri tied Nebraska for the Big 12 North in 2010. Nebraska was chosen to play in the Big 12 championship, having defeated the Tigers in the regular season.
  12. Bo Pelini was fired at the end of the regular season in 2014. Barney Cotton served as interim coach for the Holiday Bowl against USC.
  13. Since the BCS and CFP Polls are championship selectors and were taken before any bowl games had been played, they did not take bowl game outcomes into account.

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