Most of the 2013 college football schedules have been released and with that it’s time to start speculating about teams in terms of their win/loss records. For the Nebraska Cornhuskers, they have to be looking ahead to 2013 with an eye on a Big Ten title and a trip to a BCS Bowl game. And as we look at their schedule it seems very much possible.
Out of the gate, the Cornhuskers get a five game home stand with matchups against Wyoming, Southern Miss., UCLA, South Dakota State and Illinois. Of those five teams, UCLA might be the team closest in talent and the Bruins will be coming off an open week before traveling to Lincoln. So even if we assume they drop one to UCLA they are 4-1 going into an open date before they hit the meat of the Big Ten schedule.
The Big Ten across the board appears to be a little down, particularly teams like Michigan State, Iowa, and possibly even Penn State and Michigan. The back end of the Nebraska schedule consists of no Ohio State and no Wisconsin which seriously helps their cause. By the time they are into the conference schedule, all of their new moving parts should be in order on both sides of the football and when that happens this team is going to be very fast and very athletic. That means they will be a very tough out for their conference opponents.
In the remaining seven games of the season, 6-1 seems very workable, with one possible hiccup being that early November trip to Ann Arbor against the Wolverines. That puts the Cornhuskers at 10-2 and almost assures them a spot in the Big 10 Championship game. And as we have seen when it comes to college football you just have to get to that title game and anything can happen. This team isn’t likely a BCS championship contender, but I would certainly put them as one of the two best teams in the conference and a solid favorite to make it to the BCS.