We’re three games into the season but Nebraska already looks like a much better team than last year. They’re 2-1 to start the season, but not quite the Big Ten West favorite some were expecting.
ESPN’s computer has released updated predictions on Nebraska’s remaining nine games. Unfortunately for the Huskers, the predictions don’t paint a particularly rosy outlook on the season.
Of the remaining nine games this season, Nebraska has been given the best odds in only four of them: at Illinois, vs Northwestern, vs Indiana, and at Purdue.
They have been given the lower odds against Ohio State, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Maryland, and Iowa. Three of those five games are at home.
Here are the full ESPN computer odds for Nebraska’s remaining games:
September 21 – at Illinois: 74.1%
September 28 – vs Ohio State: 16.0%
October 5 – vs Northwestern: 74.1%
October 12 – at Minnesota: 46.6%
October 26 – vs Indiana: 76.4%
November 2 – at Purdue: 65.7%
November 16 – vs Wisconsin: 27.7%
November 23 – at Maryland: 31.0%
November 29 (Friday) – vs Iowa: 43.2%
If those results follow the odds, Nebraska will finish with a 6-6 record, only two games better than last year. They will be bowl eligible again, but still a far cry from where they were projected to finish.
The odds are certainly subject to change over time though. Injuries and a little bit of luck can swing an entire season.
But it certainly appears that the computers are wavering on Nebraska as a Big Ten title contender.