Injuries and a tough schedule made Nebraska look worse than it was
The Huskers final record wasn’t great and neither was the fact that Nebraska football was outscored 375-361. However, there are some things can that help explain why the Huskers finished 4-8 when really everybody from fans to analysts said they were better than that.
Obviously, the lack of quarterback depth hurt and so did an early-season transfer at the position we don’t need to get into. That left walk-on quarterback Andrew Bunch as the backup and he just wasn’t ready to win games.
While that and a lot of departures put a damper on the early part of the season, the schedule was also really difficult. Not only did Nebraska have to play Michigan, Ohio State and Michigan State in the division crossover games, the Huskers also played the top three teams in the Big Ten West on the road, in Wisconsin, Iowa and Northwestern.
The Huskers have themselves to blame for blowing late leads against Northwestern and Colorado and not being ready for Troy, yet there was some bad fortune involved too and that’s why they were never as bad as their record.