Consensus national titles: 5

Best team: The 12-0 1995 team won its games by an average of 38.7 points.

Decline: If school officials were unhappy enough with coach Frank Solich that they fired him after a nine-win regular season in 2003, what did they think when Bill Callahan led the Cornhuskers to a 5-6 record in 2004, their first losing mark since 1961?

Low point: Under Callahan, the Cornhuskers lost 70-10 at Texas Tech last year.

Why they're for real: The offense has yet to click. It averages just 271 yards per game. When the West Coast attack begins to function well, Nebraska has enough talent to play for the Big 12 title. Anything beyond that is fairy-tale stuff.

Why they're a pretender: The offense has yet to click, and it won't begin to as the schedule gets tougher. The Huskers have not beaten anybody yet and their 7-6 victory against Pittsburgh indicates both Callahan and Pitt Coach Dave Wannstedt may return to the NFL.

Dissenting opinion:

The domain name to rip the second-year Nebraska coach is available for $250. The same amount will get you or two college sites, one for Virginia Coach Al Groh ($100) and one for West Virginia Coach Rich Rodriguez ($150).

Today: vs. Iowa State (3-0, 0-0 Big 12), 3:30.

Bill Callahan is trying to teach Zac Taylor (13) and the Huskers the West Coast Offense.