Five years ago, the dynamic of Nebraska football was different. The Huskers were in a different conference, competing against different teams and had a brand new coach.
Yet, in the midst of all of the differences - the foundation of Nebraska football never changed. In all the differences and change that's occurred in the past five seasons, there's been one group who has weathered the storm - the Class of 2008.
On Nebraska's 2012 roster, 27 fifth-year seniors make up over 25 percent of the team.
"It's a big advantage because we've been here since the first day Bo has been here and we can help the younger guys out and show them the ropes and the things to do and the things not to do," senior safety P.J. Smith said.
"It definitely helps the leadership side of things we've got plenty of guys who have been there through thick and thin and plenty of guys that have played and done some really good things here and I think we take pride in being Bo's first class," senior tight end Ben Cotton commented.
It's a class featuring both players on offense and defense; but most importantly, the group understands the Bo Pelini way.
"We have been hearing the same stuff about what this program is really about for the last 4 years. So, it's in our blood stream and to finally get that chance to go out there and show it and instill it into these other guys and hopefully show it on the field is going to be a great opportunity for us," Cotton said.
Five years later, this Nebraska football team is out to prove that through the changes, though tumultuous at times, they've saved the best for last in their finest hour.