Starting a new job with six losses is far from ideal. Doing so after finishing the previous season with an unbeaten 13-0 record at your previous school would give most fans worry over whether their school had hired the right man. Lucky for Scott Frost he is a legend at Nebraska. He was the last man to lead Nebraska to a national title, as the quarterback, 22 years ago. He is revered in Lincoln, especially with those that have fond memories of that last championship winning team. Which is lucky, given the horror start the team had to 2018.
Sure there were mitigating factors, quarterback Adrian Martinez is very talented but was only a true freshman a season ago. Plus it should be considered that Frost had come from a school in UCF where he was able to recruit and coach up the players he needed to suit his system, a luxury he wasn’t afforded in year one at Nebraska. With Martinez a year older and coming off a special freshman year, Nebraska is ready for a big year.
Shades of Manziel
Only six players have thrown for over 200 yards per game and rushed for over 50 yards per game in their freshman season. Among them are former college superstar names such as Manziel and Mariota. Martinez has all the skills needed to emulate his former charges, if he can anything is possible for Nebraska.
1,000 yard rusher Devin Ozigbo and the program’s all time leading receiver Stanley Morgan Jr both departed the program at the conclusion of last year. However in Wan’Dale Robinson the Huskers have a versatile freshman who will get touches throughout the offense. Robinson has drawn comparisons to Purdue superstar Rondale Moore, if he can have half the impact Moore had last season, Nebraska will be in contention in the B1G West.
Tough Schedule Probably Limits Ceiling
A tough out of division schedule that includes Ohio State and Iowa maybe limits the ceiling of this squad. They also have to face division rulers Wisconsin, a game they will have to win to get into the B1G Championship game. The game against the Buckeyes in week 5 when both teams will probably be 4-0 has the potential to be mouth watering.
If the defense can hold its weight, then this squad has a chance to make a B1G championship game run. The big games for this squad are against Colorado and Ohio State early on, then Wisconsin and Iowa late. Nebraska can only afford to lose one of those last three if they want to make the conference championship game, a feat that is probably just out of reach this year.
Predicted 8-4 (Losses: Colorado, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Iowa)
Ceiling 11-2 (Loss: Ohio State, Championship Game)
Floor 6-6 (Losses: Colorado, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Iowa, Northwestern, Minnesota)
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