Return to Glory

Return to Glory

Monday, July 2, 2012

Realistic Expectations for Nebraska Cornhuskers

Sept. 1: Southern Mississippi WIN
Sept. 8: @ UCLA WIN
Sept. 15: Arkansas St. WIN
Sept. 22: Idaho St. WIN
Sept. 29: Wisconsin (homecoming) WIN
Oct. 6: @Ohio St. WIN
Oct. 20: @ Northwestern WIN
Oct. 27: Michigan WIN
Nov. 3: @Michigan St. LOSS
Nov. 10: Penn St. WIN
Nov. 17: Minnesota WIN
Nov. 23: @Iowa WIN

11-1 Overall Record
7-1 Big Ten

Nebraska returns largely intact from a solid 9-4 campaign with 8 starters returning on offense and defense.  The defense does lose star players in Jared Crick, Lavonte David and Alfonso Dennard, but Baker Steinkuhler and Cameron Meredith should help anchor another solid defensive front.  The Cornhusker season will live and die by the progress Taylor Martinez has made as a quarterback. Taylor is unquestionably athletically gifted, but in the past he has simply been to inconsistent and error prone to lead the Cornhuskers to a Big Ten title. I think I am in the minority, but I look for Taylor to make progress this year while leaning heavily on solid running back Rex Burkhead frequently. When Taylor does throw he will have the dynamic Kenny Bell ready to make big plays. This year Nebraska gets Wisconsin and Michigan at home. Plus, Wisconsin has a major overhaul to make to their offense. Ultimately, I see an experienced Nebraska squad that acclimated themselves to Big Ten football last year and are ready to eek out a bunch of close wins against a demanding schedule. Look for the Huskers to be the Legends 2012 division champs.

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