Tommie Frazier understands how Alabama might think it has a case.
The Crimson Tide has won back-to-back national championships and three of the last four. The Nick Saban-coached teams posted a combined 39-2 record in those three seasons.
So people naturally have tried to compare this Alabama run to what Nebraska was doing in the mid-1990s, which Frazier said is just fine with him.
“You can’t put into words knowing that you were part of something that was a benchmark of college football, and there are people still comparing teams today to those teams in the mid-’90s,” Frazier said.
“I think when you establish something, and people try to make it better than that, then you’ve done something great.”
Frazier was selected Tuesday for the College Football Hall of Fame, and will be inducted in December. The former NU quarterback will join 15 other Husker greats in the Hall.
A big chunk of the résumé that gets him there is what Nebraska did during his four-year career.
Frazier was 33-3 as a starter and NU won national championships in his final two seasons in 1994 and ’95. That also started a four-year stretch where NU won three titles in four years.
With the back-to-back titles, Frazier said, “that right there” gives Alabama a chance to state its argument (even though the Crimson Tide lost games in both seasons). It’s just hard to make it anything more than an argument or conversation.
“It’s different time and different era,” Frazier said. “There are some good things that they did and there are some good things that we did, and it’s always going to be that burning question of which team was better.”
Frazier just isn’t going to change his mind on where he stands on the Nebraska-Alabama matter, and his position is based on NU’s vast talent from undefeated championship teams and head coach Tom Osborne and his staff.
“In my mind, I already know which team was better,” Frazier said during a brief press conference Tuesday at Memorial Stadium. “I say it publicly all the time that I don’t think there’s any team out there that could beat that ’95 team, and over a five-year span I don’t think too many teams put up that record (NU went 60-3 from 1993 through ’97).
“Coach Osborne built something special here in the mid-’90s. He built something special through his whole career, but for some reason those mid-’90s into his last game were special years. It’s going to be hard to duplicate that.”