The 2014 college football season is just months away and Husker football fans are chomping at the bit to see their team take the field come August. The Huskers kick off their season on August 30 with a home game against Florida Atlantic before hosting McNeese State the following Saturday. You can find 2014 Nebraska football tickets from Red Zone Tickets.
One of the biggest tests for Nebraska will be in week three when they travel to California to take on the Fresno State Bulldogs. Fresno State football is no joke, and many teams have had to learn that the hard way. Last season the Bulldogs went 11-2 and were Mountain West conference champions.
This team may not be in a dominating conference, but it’s definitely not a group to blow off.
The good news for Nebraska is that the Bulldogs no longer have quarterback Derek Carr or star wide receiver Davante Adams. That takes some of the pressure from Randy Gregory and the rest of the Husker defense.
I believe the Fresno State game will be an early sign of how the Cornhuskers’ season will go. If Nebraska can beat the Bulldogs, then they’ll be in good shape for the rest of 2014. However, if they lose, the entire program might be in for a bumpy year.
To up the ante, the Huskers will be playing away from the friendly confines of Lincoln. Last year Nebraska was able to go 3-1 on the road (the only loss coming against Minnesota).
The Big Red has its share of difficult games in 2014, but I believe the Bulldogs have the potential to double as a deciding factor and a trap game. Yes, another challenge will be the very next week when the Huskers will play Miami (FL) in Lincoln.
However, playing against a longtime thorn in the Huskers’ sides under the lights in primetime (and likely in alternate uniforms) could be the cause for looking past Tim DeRuyter’s team.
The three early contests seem easy enough. A lack of experience doesn’t mean that they will be, especially if Bo Pelini’s team loses focus mid-game. Nebraska will need to focus game by game and play by play early in the season if they want to make it to a big name bowl game in 2014, let alone have a shot at the Big Ten championship game.
The worst thing the Huskers can do is assume the loss of players like Carr and Adams equate to a game they can easily wrap up. Remember, the last time Nebraska ventured out to California had shocking results.
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