ESPN has updated Nebraska’s game-by-game projections for 2019. If the projections turn into a reality, the Cornhuskers might not be bowling this season.
Nebraska had an epic meltdown against Colorado this past Saturday. The Buffaloes are projected to be one of the worst teams in the Pac-12. Nebraska’s loss to them is not only bad for the program, but for the Big Ten conference.
NU was expected to be one of the surprise breakout teams in the Big Ten, but those high expectation appear premature at the moment.
Out of 10 remaining games, ESPN’s computer projects Nebraska will lose six and win just four more. As a result, and if the projections were to turn into a reality, the Cornhuskers would finish the season 5-7.
Here’s the projected likelihood of Nebraska winning each individual game remaining on their schedule:
- vs. Northern Illinois – 82.8%
- at Illinois – 62%
- vs. No. 6 Ohio State – 19.9%
- vs. Northwestern – 67.5%
- at Minnesota – 33.6%
- vs. Indiana – 58.1%
- at Purdue – 49.4%
- vs. No. 14 Wisconsin – 24.6%
- at No. 21 Maryland – 18.8%
- vs. No. 19 Iowa – 34.2%
ESPN projects Nebraska will beat Northern Illinois, Illinois, Northwestern and Indiana. Although, the Cornhuskers are also projected to lose to Ohio State, Minnesota, Purdue, Wisconsin, Maryland and Iowa.
The closest projection on Nebraska’s schedule is Purdue. Though, the Cornhuskers are just 0.7% away from being favored in that match-up.
Several of these projections are a bit surprising. But understandable given Nebraska’s horrific loss to Colorado.
Can Nebraska rebound and do better than these projections suggest?