Nebraska Cornhuskers Football: 2015 Season Preview and Prediction

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Dec 5, 2014; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Mike Riley holds a shirt students gave him following his press conference at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Final Take

The last time the Nebraska Cornhuskers decided to go in a pro-style, quarterback-based direction, it was a huge disaster. There is no way to tell that this situation will be the same of different.

We simply do not have enough on Mike Riley to say that he can use that system to make the program what fans rightfully expect it to be. However, we have enough evidence on the team to say that there will be a slight drop-off overall with so many starters gone.

So what does that mean for the team’s success this year? Well, playing in the Big Ten West is a much friendlier atmosphere than the Big Ten East. That should spell some success Riley’s first year.


Playing the BYU Cougars at home and the Miami Hurricanes on the road complicates things a bit, but at least one of those should be wins. Add in Northwestern and Iowa at home, and five wins should be a baseline for the program.

Michigan State is a sure loss, along with Wisconsin, and Minnesota, Illinois, Rutgers and Purdue on the road are likely to generate at least two losses.

With a new system and lots of turnover, a 7-5 season is a reasonable expectation for Mike Riley’s first year on the job, but that does not mean Nebraska cannot go 9-3 again.

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