It is no secret that 2020 is a pivotal season for Nebraska. Many will be focused on seeing if the program can make the proverbial leap in Year 3 under Scott Frost.
Frost is 9-15 so far at his alma mater but has recently expressed his belief that things may be turning the corner. Nebraska again signed a top 20 recruiting class and in his third year, Frost now has a roster more filled with “his” players.
At minimum, a bowl game has to be the goal for 2020. The preseason expectations for the Huskers won’t be as lofty as they were entering 2019, and at least one college football analyst thinks that will be a good thing.
247Sports’ Brad Crawford compiled his list of every Big Ten team’s reason to be optimistic for the 2020 season. For Crawford, his reasoning for Nebraska was simple. The pressure from last year is off.
Preseason magazines loved the Huskers. Media members projected a division championship. Some whispered double-digit wins could happen. But 2019 didn’t go the way many believed it would for Nebraska, a team with noticeable missing pieces early that struggled with periods of inconsistency throughout Scott Frost’s second campaign. Nebraska brought back 13 starters — including Heisman candidate Adrian Martinez — from a 4-8 squad that was supposed to turn things around, though Frost did warn early headlines meant nothing if his players couldn’t shoulder the national noise. After five wins last fall, those murmurs have ceased and most have sold their stock on the Huskers. And that might be a good thing for Nebraska.
If there is a reason for pessimism for the Huskers, it is likely this: the final five games of the regular season are brutally hard.
Nebraska closes out 2020 with road trips to Iowa, Ohio State and Wisconsin while hosting Penn State and Minnesota. How they handle that stretch will likely determine how well their season goes.
You can read Crawford’s full Big Ten optimism post here.