Nebraska Football: 5 key takeaways from the Huskers 2018 season

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The Big Ten West is there for the taking

There is no doubt that Nebraska football has a lot of work to do if it wants to contend in the Big Ten West next season. Yet, with the way the schedule sets up, along with the improvement you would expect in Frost’s second season, it’s a definite possibility.

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It’s not that Nebraska doesn’t have some difficult games on the schedule next season — they do. But many of the toughest games are at Memorial Stadium, instead of being on the road.

The Huskers will be challenged with a road game at Colorado, a team that will have a new head coach like Nebraska did this year. That will be a key game. If Nebraska wins that one, it should be 4-0 heading into back-to-back home games with Ohio State and Northwestern.

In addition to getting the Wildcats at home, Wisconsin and Iowa also have to come to Lincoln. The other road games are also aren’t crazy difficult. Playing at Maryland, Minnesota, Illinois and Purdue won’t be easy, but that’s a much easier slate than Michigan, Ohio State, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Iowa on the road.

That lone will give the Huskers a better shot at contending next season and that along with their improvement might be the perfect combination.

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It’s easy to see this team jumping up to seven or eight wins next season. That shouldn’t surprise anyone. However, if the defense can improve and the offense can take another step forward, there is no reason Nebraska can’t win 10 games or compete for the Big Ten West title.