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Athlon: This Is Nebraska's 'Trap Game' For 2019

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LINCOLN, NE - AUGUST 30: The Nebraska Cornhuskers take the field for their game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Memorial Stadium on August 30, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

After going just 4-8 under Scott Frost in 2018, the Huskers are widely expected to rebound in a big way in 2019. They're seeking their first Big Ten Championship Game appearance since 2012 but will have plenty of obstacles, including some potential trap games.

On Friday, Athlon Sports narrowed down Nebraska's potentially most dangerous game and initially narrowed it down to Northwestern, Minnesota and Maryland. But ultimately, they settled on the Northwestern Wildcats, who visit Memorial Stadium on October 5, as Nebraska's trap game.

Northwestern was certainly a trap game for many Big Ten schools last year as the Wildcats seemingly came out of nowhere to win the Big Ten West. Among their biggest victories was a win over Michigan State in Lansing as well as another signature road win over Iowa.

Though Pat Fitzgerald's team ultimately faltered against teams ranked in the top 15, they gave Michigan and Notre Dame fits.

From the column:

Ultimately, all signs point to Northwestern being in a fantastic position to spoil the Big Red's homecoming. Not only do they boast all the aforementioned benefits, but they face Nebraska following a date with the Buckeyes that's circled in Sharpie on almost all college football calendars. Win or lose, Ohio State will receive everything the Huskers can throw at the reigning Big Ten champs in an attempt to lock up a signature victory for their second-year head coach. All of those factors mean the stars line up for Fitzgerald to be a thorn in Nebraska's side yet again.

The Huskers also faced the Wildcats last year and managed to take them to overtime, only to lose by a field goal.

Suffice it to say, Nebraska should definitely keep a close eye on how the Wildcats look at the start of the season.

Nebraska-Northwestern will take place at Memorial Stadium on October 5.

[Athlon Sports]