Nebraska Cornhuskers Football: 2015 Season Preview and Prediction

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Dec 5, 2014; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Mike Riley talks during his press conference at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Can Mike Riley begin to restore the Nebraska Cornhuskers to their glory days in 2015 with his quarterback-based pro-style offense?

After Bo Pelini’s firing after seven straight nine-win seasons with the Nebraska Cornhuskers, the message became clear: this is a championship football program, regardless of the conference, and no championships means no success.

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So he is gone, and with the hiring of Mike Riley, this program is about to attempt to do what it failed to do in the mid-2000s with Bill Callahan as head coach: become a quarterback-based pro-style offense.

How soon that can happen is up for debate, but for a football program that won five national championships with a power option system, it seems like a pretty big task to take on.

So Riley has his work cut out for him, and although he built up Oregon State, he did not sustain major success there. Who is to say he could do that at Nebraska, where the expectations are much higher?

He will obviously have to give it a shot, and he has his work cut out for him. The Huskers have lost quite a few starters on both sides of the ball, including a couple of major weapons, and blending in his new system with the collection of players he has will be tough his first year.

Riley is the hardest guy to figure out because of what he has dealt with, but Nebraska did not mind taking the risk.

To get a good start, he has plenty of issues he needs to work out. Let’s start with the offense.

Next: Offensive Outlook