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Here's What Athlon Said About Nebraska's Schedule

Nebraska Cornhuskers Head Coach Bo Pelini (center) leads his team onto the field before their game against the Udaho Vandals at Memorial Stadium.

LINCOLN, NE - SEPTEMBER 11: Nebraska Cornhuskers HEad Coach Bo Pelini (center) leads his team onto the field before their game against the Udaho Vandals at Memorial Stadium on September 4, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska Defeated Idaho 38-17. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

Nebraska is one of the more intriguing programs in college football for 2018. It is a start of a new era in Lincoln.

Scott Frost is back at his alma mater, and the fan base is anticipating big things from the onetime Husker quarterback. Those big things might not come in 2018 though.

Frost still hasn't been able to bring in his first recruiting class yet, plus Nebraska has a really tough schedule this fall.

Athlon Sports rated it the second-hardest schedule in the country in fact, behind only Florida State.

Here's why:

One could call Scott Frost's return to Lincoln inhospitable, at least in terms of the schedule. The Big Ten's divisional crossovers worked against the Cornhuskers in this transitional year, pitting them against East heavyweights Ohio State and Michigan on the road, and Michigan State one week before seeing Iowa on just six days' worth of rest. Iowa, Northwestern and Wisconsin are all road dates in divisional play.

The non-conference slate features an Akron team that played in last year's MAC title game, reigning Sun Belt champion Troy, and former Big 8/12 rival Colorado.

You can read all of the Athlon Sports schedule feature here.

The Cornhuskers open the 2018 season at home against Akron on Sept. 1.