Big Ten: Nebraska Cornhuskers
It’s hard for Nebraska to be a sleeper when everyone assumes it’s about to wake up.
To be extremely fair to third-year head coach Scott Frost, making Nebraska football a thing again was going to take a major overhaul. It wasn’t going to be as easy as flipping the switch and getting the speed, production, and wins like Frost was able to crank up at UCF.
And it’s still not there.
The great recruiting classes are still going to need another year or so to mature. The overall team speed is improving, but the ability to blast away on the lines still might not be there.
The defensive front is going to need a bit of an overhaul, but QB Adrian Martinez leads an offense loaded with veterans who should know what they’re doing.
This is when the O should start to kick in – but you’ve heard that before.
Again, the D should still take a little while, but as long as the other side is doing its part, getting into shootouts shouldn’t be much of an issue.
So why is Nebraska about to change everything around after two straight losing seasons under Frost?
Why could the Huskers be this year’s Minnesota? It’s the exact reason why 2019 Minnesota rose up …
The schedule was nice and easy on the way to a great early record.
Starting out against Purdue will be a fight, but that’s at home. Cincinnati is dangerous, but that’s in Lincoln, too.
Central Michigan, South Dakota State, at Northwestern, Illinois, and at Rutgers – they fill out the first seven games before going to Ohio State.
The finishing kick is a bear, but considering the returning experience, and the base of wins baked into the scheduling cake, don’t be shocked if Nebraska is going into the November 21st date at Wisconsin still deep in the hunt for the Big Ten West.