Scott Frost and the Nebraska Cornhuskers enter this season with high expectations. Although ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit isn't ready to crown them Big Ten West champions, he's confident in the direction they're going in.
Nebraska won four games in its first season under Frost. The team took a few months to get properly acclimated to his offensive system.
With another year under his belt, the belief around the country is that Nebraska is a top 25 program. Well, the team will certainly get its chance to prove itself on multiple occasions this season.
During his latest podcast episode, Herbstreit discussed the Cornhuskers' outlook for this season. His only true concern regarding the team is how its defense responds to facing tough teams on a weekly basis.
Here is what Herbstreit had to say, via 247Sports:
“Internally, I think there’s a ton of belief in the direction they’re going,” Herbstreit said Monday on his ESPN podcast. “They’ve got a great quarterback who is only going to get better. He’s got some skill around him. JD Spielman is one of the better receivers in the Big Ten. He’ll have a monster year. I just don’t know if they’re there defensively for the week-in, week-out grind that it takes to be able to avoid a hiccup or two. I still think that Wisconsin (is a favorite), another team that I feel is somewhat forgotten because of the way their season went last year.”
There aren't many concerns about the Cornhuskers' offense, especially with Adrian Martinez under center for his sophomore season.
Herbstreit has Wisconsin as the favorite in the Big Ten West, but he's not dismissing Nebraska. Those two programs will battle each other in November.
Nebraska opens the 2019 season at home against South Alabama.