It wasn't always pretty, but Nebraska held off Illinois last Saturday to move to 3-1 on the season. The Huskers are halfway to bowl eligibility.
However, things are about to get much tougher, starting with Saturday's primetime game against No. 5 Ohio State. Nebraska has three ranked teams remaining on its slate plus a couple of other challenging road trips.
Looking at the ESPN FPI projections for the rest of the Huskers' schedule, it is clear the computer doesn't have a ton of faith in the Huskers. Not only is Nebraska an underdog against OSU, Wisconsin and Iowa, as expected, but the FPI is also predicting losses at Minnesota and Maryland.
A final record of 6-6 is the official projection.
Now, in Year 2 under Scott Frost, a 6-6 record and a bowl berth isn't too bad. However, it would be falling short of the high expectations Nebraska had coming into the season.
Fortunately, they don't play these games on a computer. The Huskers will have a chance to prove themselves out on the field.
They can start by competing with the Buckeyes on Saturday, even if a win is unlikely.