Nebraska football hasn’t done as well as fans had hoped when they hired Scott Frost to take over the reins of the program.
With a brutal schedule in 2020, it’ll be tough for the Nebraska Cornhuskers to accomplish what they’ve been trying to do these past three years, which is to make it to a bowl game. The last time they did so was in 2016 in Mike Riley’s second year at the helm and that was in huge thanks to a 7-0 start before imploding down the stretch.
Aaron Gershon of Saturday Blitz did a game-by-game prediction piece with Nebraska and had them finishing the year at 5-7, just one win shy of a bowl game yet again. This wouldn’t be shocking if it did happen because losing seasons have become the norm for Big Red in recent years unfortunately.
The Huskers finished 4-8 in Frost’s first year in 2018 and then 5-7 last year. Both were disappointing and not making it to a bowl game the past few seasons has been embarrassing.
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Gershon predicted Nebraska would defeat Central Michigan, South Dakota State, Northwestern, Illinois, and Rutgers while losing to Purdue, Cincinnati, Ohio State, Penn State, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.
There’s no debating how difficult the final five games of the season are for Nebraska, so if they don’t have six wins heading into that stretch, they’re probably not making it to a bowl game in 2020.
Even the “easy” games on the Cornhuskers’ schedule are no joke. Their non-conference opponents are against Central Michigan, South Dakota State, and Cincinnati, none of whom are going to be pushovers. South Dakota State is the “easiest” opponent on the schedule and there’s no doubt that they’ll put up a hell of a fight in Lincoln.
We’ve seen weak non-conference teams come into Lincoln and take the Huskers to the wire, so don’t count any of these teams out. Fortunately, Nebraska starts the season with four straight home games, so that should help. The bad news is that their season opener is against Purdue, who has been a worthy adversary for Nebraska since they joined the Big Ten.
Hopefully Gershon is wrong about his predictions, but with how loaded Nebraska’s schedule is mixed with their inconsistencies these past few years AND the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic is going to make this season challenging as is, and it’s not farfetched for Nebraska football to miss out on a bowl game once again.
What do you think Husker fans? Do you think Big Red can get six wins and make it to a bowl game in 2020?