If college football isn’t a Crusade, why are players and coaches so often identified as saviors?

That’s the word being thrown around at Nebraska and Michigan, two storied Big Ten programs that are trying to return to glory.

That obviously is the mission of new Cornhuskers coach Scott Frost, who, let’s face it, worked miracles at Central Florida. The Knights—talk about Crusade references—went from 0-12 in 2015, the year before Frost arrived, to 13-0 last fall, his second season at UCF.

Judging by the response to Frost’s arrival—86,818 tickets were distributed for the Cornhuskers’ spring game—Nebraska fans are expecting similar results in Lincoln.

“We’re going to run that up-tempo offense we saw [at the spring game], and we’re going to get the Blackshirts [defense] back to being Blackshirts. And that’s extremely important,’’ new Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos said at a recent boosters luncheon, the Omaha World-Herald reported. “You’ve got Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh thinking, `We better put a little more into that Nebraska game coming up.’ And that’s the way we want it. They’re running a little bit scared right now. And they won’t admit it. We’ll leave that at that.”

Asked if he really thought Meyer and Harbaugh were running scared, Moos said his comment was “a bit tongue in cheek.’’

I’m guessing he also was thinking, “For now.’’

Interestingly, Frost will make his Big Ten debut against Harbaugh’s Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor on Sept. 22. It will be Harbaugh’s first game against Nebraska.

“Running scared’’ or not, I’m guessing Harbaugh already has his first bulletin-board material, or whatever digitial device passes for a bulletin board these days, for that game. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.