Nebraska football officially a ‘breakout candidate’ in 2023

Members of the Nebraska football team celebrate with the trophy after beating Iowa
Members of the Nebraska football team celebrate with the trophy after beating Iowa /

The Nebraska football team has had lots of people who have said they might be improved but one analyst thinks they could even ‘break out.’

Despite six straight losing seasons, hopes are high for Matt Rhule’s first Nebraska football team. Most people around the sport seem to think that the Huskers have enough talent that they can go bowling.

Most analysts believe that if the Huskers do go bowling, it’s going to be by the skin of their teeth. But there is at least on analyst who believes the Nebraska football team is set to “break through” in a way that Husker fans haven’t seen for quite a while.

247Sports’ Carter Bahns feels as though Nebraska football is one of 10 teams that could raise some serious eyebrows.

"“Many tried to awaken this sleeping college football titan, but Matt Rhule may be the one to actually deliver results. After successfully building Temple and Baylor from rubble into conference title contenders, he is qualified to attempt to do the same at Nebraska. If it does, in fact, come to fruition, the rebuild will take more than just one year, but transfer portal additions like former Georgia Tech quarterback Jeff Sims should help him get the ball rolling early in his tenure. If his blueprint works in Lincoln, Rhule could have the Huskers back to prominence within three years.”"

Nebraska football back to prominence

Three years. In the grand scheme of things, that might sound like a long time for Husker fans to wait. Of course, they’ve been waiting a while now.

Three years won’t seem nearly as long as the first steps toward “getting back to prominence” are actually taken in 2023. That doesn’t mean “close” losses. That doesn’t even mean a 5-7 record instead of 3-9 or 4-8. The first step for Nebraska football is at least 6-6.

The good news is that most people think they can get there. In just over a month, we’re going to get to see them take their first steps in that direction.