Nebraska Football: National media hype is beginning once again

LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 26: Quarterback Luke McCaffrey #7 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers looks to pitch against defensive back Jamar Johnson #22 of the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)
LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 26: Quarterback Luke McCaffrey #7 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers looks to pitch against defensive back Jamar Johnson #22 of the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images) /
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Nebraka football is getting respect from the national media.

National media outlets are favorable to Nebraska football for the 2020 season. It’s certainly great to see some optimism.

Street and Smith’s college football preview came out this week, which is good news as it means that college football is getting that much closer. There was also good news within the magazine, as the predictions indicated a successful season for the Huskers.

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Yes, I know. The predictions were high for the program last season as well. Many media outlets fell into the trap of hyping up the 2020 edition of the program. I too fell into that trap. With a difficult 2020 schedule, Nebraska football will be tested moreso this year than in recent memory. At the very least, it should make for some fun Saturdays.

For what it’s worth, the magazine picked Nebraska football to finish second in the Big Ten West. Nebraska football will go to the Outback Bowl according to these predictions. The publication has Wisconsin winning the Big Ten West, which makes sense given all of the talent that they are returning.

Some other highlights of the rankings include Iowa finishing below Nebraska. Minnesota, Purdue, Northwestern, and Illinois round out the standings in that order.

With the tough schedule that Nebraska football has, I do not see Nebraska finishing second. Would I like for them to finish second? Absolutely, I think it would be great for the program. However, I see them falling into Purdue’s spot.

They certainly have the talent, that’s not the issue. The issue as I see it is the difficulty of their schedule. That back half is not going to be easy.

Nevertheless, I’m excited to see what Nebraska can do. They have certainly added a lot of talent this offseason. Not only that, they now don’t have to worry about redshirting the 2020 class. There is certainly a lot of talent there, and now they can be unleashed without fear of using their eligibility too early.  it will be interesting to see how other publications rank Nebraska football. There is certainly a lot of optimism surrounding the program.

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I am just excited that football is coming back. I can’t wait to see what this team can do on Saturdays.  This team will have a full Scott Frost feel to it. Now in year three, Frost has a chance to really make his mark on the program.