A fast start to the football season is imperative for any football team, but it will be especially key for the Nebraska Cornhuskers this season. Nebraska must start fast not just because it will bey key in the B1G 10, but also because the Huskers have six nationally televised games. If the Huskers start fast and get off to a 6-0 start, that will be immeasurably helpful for recruiting.
The Cornhuskers have had good classes, but they have not been great. If the Huskers start fast, especially on national television, people are going to notice. Recruits are going to notice, and that could go a long way towards recruiting. Coach Bo Pelini could pull in one of his best classes in the upcoming season, one that could help the Huskers on their quest for another national title.
Nebraska opens the season with four games on either ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2. Those four games are against Southern Mississippi, Arkansas State, Wisconsin, and Ohio State. Those last two games are going to be especially crucial, not only in the B1G 10, but for the recruiting grounds. If the Huskers can beat both of them, especially with Urban Meyer now at Ohio State, that will give a lot of credibility to where this Husker program is going.
The other big game that will impact recruiting will be against UCLA. That game will be televised on FOX as part of the new deal with the Pac-12 conference, and will be another great opportunity for the Huskers to showcase how far they have come so far in the upcoming season.
Nebraska will have one more game against Idaho State that will more than likely be televised nationally on the B1G 10 Network. Even if the game is not on the B1G 10 Network, the Huskers will still have five nationally televised games in their first six.
If the Huskers do make improvements this season, fans will see this as another disappointing season. Nebraska has been good but not great in the past few years under Pelini. It’s time to make that jump to the next level.