The Huskers finished 4-8 last season, and fans are pining for a stark improvement in 2018. CBS Sports’ Tom Fornelli certainly seems to think that’s possible, as he ranked Nebraska No. 3 on his list of programs most likely to see a two-win improvement this coming season:
The good news is the nonconference schedule isn’t a bear. All three games against Akron, Colorado and Troy are in Lincoln, and all are certainly winnable. Big Ten play provides a swift kick to the teeth, however.
Nebraska will play Michigan, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Ohio State and Iowa on the road this year. It’s not crazy to think the Huskers could go winless outside of Lincoln with that schedule, which means winning at home will be key.
That would mean a 3-0 start to the season is imperative, as it would allow Nebraska a little more wiggle room in home games against Purdue, Minnesota, Illinois and Michigan State.
Indeed, winning their first three games will be important for the Huskers. For a program in need of some tangible success to match the buzz around it, starting the season 3-0 would be a tremendous confidence booster for Nebraska, especially when considering the team’s first Big Ten opponent: Michigan.
Nebraska’s conference slate doesn’t get any prettier from there. Plus, since Frost has only had one recruiting class so far, much of the roster is comprised of players he didn’t recruit.
Still, a team doesn’t go 13-0 without a smart coaching staff. That happened at UCF last season, and Huskers fans are optimistic their team can show improvement in 2018.