Nebraska football: 3 ways pandemic hurt the Huskers

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CINCINNATI, OH – NOVEMBER 09: Head coach Luke Fickell of the Cincinnati Bearcats is seen during the game against the Connecticut Huskies at Nippert Stadium on November 9, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

The cancellation of key non-conference games

Back in July, the Big Ten conference announced that it would eliminate all non-conference games from the 2020 schedule. With the way the schedule was set up for Nebraska football, that definitely hurt the program.

For starters, this non-conference schedule provided a nice tune-up before Nebraska took on their in-conference opponents. Initially, the Nebraska football program was set to face teams like Central Michigan, South Dakota State, and Cincinnati. All three of those teams could have provided a challenge that could have helped Nebraska football get prepared for the in-conference slate.

Now, Nebraska football has to face the Big Ten conference head-on. When you talk about learning on the fly, that’s exactly what this Nebraska football team is going to have to do. They are going to have to work out the kinks and mishaps against conference opponents. Not only that, every game means just that much more. There is a lot of high-risk, high-reward scenarios with the schedule.

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