Not everyone in Nebraska roots for Cornhusker football, but nothing else unites the state quite as much. Even for dissenters, the power of the Big Red cannot be avoided. Fall weddings must be planned around football games; trips out in public on game day must be taken with the assumption that the radio broadcast will be piped through the speakers of whatever establishment you are visiting. It is no wonder that scholars have found Cornhusker fans useful when exploring the “sports-as-religion” thesis.
Historian (and Nebraskan) Paul Putz provides some nicely-contextualized reflections on Nebraska, football, and religion in a post at Religion & Politics. You can find his entire post here: Nebraska: A Cornhusker Prays with FCA | Religion & Politics.