The Nebraska Cornhuskers are looking to make a splash in the B1G 10 this season, after falling short of expectations last season. Unfortunately for the Huskers, things are not going to be easy. The Huskers may just have the hardest schedule in the conference this season.
Last season, Wisconsin welcomed the Big Red to the B1G 10 with a thorough old-fashioned you know what. This season, Nebraska gets Wisconsin at home in the conference opener, and you know the Huskers have revenge on their mind. With Russell Wilson gone, the Huskers have it easier, but this game will be easy by no standards.
The very next week, the Huskers have to travel to The Horseshoe. Ohio State fans will not soon forget their monumental collapse in Lincoln, and will also have revenge on their mind. This will be a great measuring stick game for the Huskers. How much progress they made during the off-season and in the season will be evident. Do the Huskers come out and compete, or do the Buckeyes put a hurting on them?
Last season, Nebraska played absolutely terrible against Northwestern. This may be one of two games the Huskers will win for sure. Of course, that is what many of us thought last season. If the Huskers are national title contenders, we will see how consistent they play. If the Huskers are less than stellar, do not expect to compete for a B1G title, let alone a national title.
Nebraska will be at home versus Michigan in what could be a thrilling duel between Taylor Martinez and Dennard Robinson. Martinez plays better at home, and “Shoelace” has the skills to put a hurting on the Huskers again. It will be a thrilling game, and one that you should not miss. This game could perhaps decide the tie-breaker for the Legends Division winner.
Nebraska played its best game last season against Michigan State at home. The Spartans played perhaps their worst game that day. Now, the field is switched. Nebraska will have to travel to the hostile environment in East Lansing. Sure, the Spartans lost a lot of talent this season, but they have plenty left. I do not expect the Huskers to come out victorious, but it would be a great victory if they do.
The Huskers then face resurgent Penn State at home in early November. I still say the game should not have been played last year, but nonetheless, the Huskers and Nittany Lions will continue their renewed rivalry. Penn State’s offense will be better than last season, and could cause fits for the Huskers defense. Without Lavonte David in the middle, will the Huskers have enough to shut down a physical Penn State offense?
In what should be the easiest game for the Huskers this conference season, the Minnesota Gophers travel to Memorial Stadium in the second to last week of the season. The Huskers played well enough to win last season, and a loss at home would be a huge disappointment. MarQueis Gray and the Gophers offense will be better, and if the Husker struggle to contain Robinson, Gray could give them fits also.
To wrap up the regular season, the Huskers travel to take on Iowa at Kinnick Stadium. Hawkeye fans will be looking to possibly knock the Huskers out of the conference championship race, but Nebraska should be able to take down the Hawkeyes on the road. James Vandenberg will be prepared, but Taylor Martinez should have an excellent game, and Rex Burkhead will be looking to end his career (at least regular season) with a big game.