Nebraska mailbag: Where can Huskers spring upset on brutal 2018 slate?
Have Nebraska football questions? We’ve got answers. Join us every Wednesday for the Land of 10 Nebraska mailbag to talk all things Huskers. This week, we discuss Nebraska football’s 2018 schedule and which big game provides the best opportunity for a win. We also pivot from football to tackle some questions about Nebraska basketball.
This seasons schedule looks brutal. Especially at Mich, at Wiscy, at OSU, and at Iowa.
Assuming we can beat Iowa.
Which of the other three teams provides the best opportunity to 'get a win that we shouldn't?'
— MJH (@TheTruthMJH) February 21, 2018
You’re correct. This season’s schedule is brutal, especially the road games. Nebraska has to travel to Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio State and Iowa. The Huskers also get Michigan State at home. It’s not going to be an easy stretch for Nebraska.
With that said, I think the Huskers can win the nonconference portion of their schedule (Akron, Colorado, Troy). I also think wins over Purdue and Illinois are doable. The two games I have my eye on are back-to-back weeks with a trip to Northwestern (Oct. 13) and then Minnesota at home (Oct. 20). Northwestern tends to give Nebraska grief; that game always comes down to the wire. I feel like that would be a big opportunity to build momentum.
As for Minnesota, I think the Golden Gophers are going to walk into Memorial Stadium next season expecting another win after what happened in 2017. I’m not suggesting people think that’s a win Nebraska shouldn’t get, but Minnesota will feel that way. Beat Minnesota to build momentum heading into the bye week and Nebraska will be in decent shape.
But back to your original question: Which team among Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio State provides the best opportunity for a win that Nebraska shouldn’t get? I’m going to take the Wolverines at the Big House. I think you could also make a case for Wisconsin, but I like the idea of Nebraska getting a big win early in the season on the road over Michigan. That’s going to be the first big test for coach Scott Frost and his team, and I don’t think many would expect that to be a win. If it is? The season gets a lot more fun very quickly.
What would do more for Husker MBB program an NCAA tourney win or 2nd NIT championship?
— Matt Stander (@mjstander) February 21, 2018
I asked this exact question last week during our weekly Facebook Live on the Land of 10 Nebraska Facebook page (give us a like!) and the resounding response was an NCAA Tournament win. That’s what people want, and I’d agree at this point.
While a NIT Championship would be good, getting that NCAA Tournament victory would be a giant step forward in program history. That should be the goal.
Who's your favorite member of the #BenchMob
— Delta ❄scar Mike (@chill_out_dom) February 21, 2018
I have two: senior guard Malcolm Laws and junior forward Jack McVeigh. This is Laws’ last season with the team, and I’m happy to see him having so much fun with it. As for McVeigh, he could have easily been upset about his role this season. His role with the Huskers was much larger last season, and he could have been bitter about where he is now. Instead, he’s been a leader on the bench and I think he brings a lot to the team.
If anyone needs a refresher on Nebraska’s #BenchMob, here’s a nice little video package from the win over Indiana on Tuesday.
With Nebraska being an Adidas School, is there any worry about the NCAA basketball investigation?
— L. E. D. (@lredeugene) February 21, 2018
As of last September, Nebraska had not been contacted by the FBI. In Nebraska’s case, the concern could be whether adidas director of global sports marketing Jim Gatto funneled any money to Huskers prospects. It doesn’t seem likely that happened, though. Things could change, but I wouldn’t worry too much as a fan. Nebraska’s administration and coaches have been transparent about their awareness to what’s happening, and it doesn’t appear the Huskers were involved.
What's the worst part about Nebraska weather in February? The cold, wind, ice, snow, (some days combining all 4) or the super nice 50 degree tease days?
— Curt Cutler (@Boofenheimer) February 21, 2018
The days where it starts to feel like spring and then immediately falls back to freezing are the worst. It gives you that glimmer of hope that we won’t live in the frozen tundra forever, and then it’s gone.
Can it be spring now?
When will Sammy get her big breakthrough à la Lassie or Rin Tin Tin?
— Luke Srodulski (@lsrodulski) February 21, 2018
I don’t know, but she deserves her big break. Who do we need to call to make this happen? Just look at her face!
— Tim Miles (@CoachMiles) February 17, 2018
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