This is the winnable part of the schedule for Nebraska. Following a bye, Northwestern comes to town and the Wildcats provide a good opportunity for the Cornhuskers to end that two-game skid and get back on track.
And they will.
Pat Fitzgerald’s program is in danger territory. Sure, Northwestern made the Big Ten title game in 2020, but since then, the Wildcats have been one of the worst teams in the Power Five. I don’t think that changes much this year as I could see another 3-4 win season for Northwestern.
This won’t be one of the Wildcats’ wins.
Prediction: Win (3-4, 1-3)
To close the month of October, Nebraska hosts a Purdue team also going through a transitional phase with Jeff Brohm leaving the program to coach his alma mater at Louisville.
Ryan Walters has taken over as the new head coach, coming over from Illinois, but I just don’t see him having a ton of early success with the Boilermakers.
Purdue may have made the Big Ten title game last year, but this new era will come with somewhat of a rebuild. Nebraska picks up a second straight win here.
Prediction: Win (4-4, 2-3)