There will be some pressure on Nebraska football this year. In year two under Scott Frost, no one expects the Huskers to go to the College Football Playoff, but fans will want to see a major leap from the 4-8 2018 season.
The non-conference slate should help the Huskers out after a tough stretch early last season. The Big Ten won't be easy sledding for anyone though, especially as the entire West Division improves.
Let’s take an early look at Nebraska football’s 2019 schedule:
The Huskers open with its three non-conference games. South Alabama and Northern Illinois home games sit on either end of a trip to Colorado.
Nebraska lost a heartbreaker to the Buffaloes last year. They'll want payback against their former Big 12 rival.
Nebraska opens with seven straight games before their first bye on October 19.
Aug 31: vs. South Alabama
Sept. 7: at Colorado
Sept. 14: vs. Northern Illinois
Sept. 21: at Illinois
Sept. 28: vs. Ohio State
Oct. 5: vs. Northwestern
Oct. 12: at Minnesota
Oct. 26: vs. Indiana
Nov. 2: at Purdue
Nov. 16: vs. Wisconsin
Nov. 23: at Maryland
Nov. 29: vs. Iowa
Nebraska's two byes are pretty close together, which probably isn't ideal. The second comes on Nov. 9, between the trip to Purdue, and home game vs. Wisconsin.