No. 16: Nebraska Cornhuskers

Turn-around Artist\Coach Scott Frost could deliver Nebraska to top of Big Ten West sooner than expected.

Big Red football is going to be good again, sooner or later, so we’re picking sooner.

Write this down, Big Ten legends and leaders, Scott Frost is nipping at your nose.

Last year was the time to take advantage of the Cornhuskers before they became a tractor-pull factor in the Big Ten West.

“Get your licks in” is basically what Frost said as the program started 0-6 last season for the first time in the program’s 129-year history.

That’s a long time when you consider College Football is only 150 years old.

Nebraska won’t crack many top 25 preseason polls you might come upon and that stands to reason for a program coming off a 4-8 season.

But we here at TMG are in the “futures” business, trying to identify teams ready to break loose in an industry dominated by pencil-in programs like Clemson, Alabama and any team like Texas A&M in the SEC West that plays Alabama close.

Nebraska, in Rankman's Bug Eater Index, is “buy low and sell high.”

The Cornhuskers might flip 4-8 on its head and then some.

“You guys get to make all the predictions and prognostications,” Frost said this summer at the Big Ten annual chat and chew.

That’s right Frosty and we’ve got you arriving a year early, into Terminal N at Omaha International.

Everyone talks about how the Cornhuskers started last season but how about that finish?

Nebraska went 4-2 down the stretch with final three-point loss at Iowa. The Huskers B-E-A-T Michigan State, a team that started in the preseason top-10, and also lost at Ohio State by only five points.

Also consider Frost’s returning quarterback, Adrian Martinez, a legitimate Heisman candidate, and the coach’s own history at turn-about programs.

Central Florida was 0-12 the season before Frost arrived, 6-7 the year he arrived, and 13-0 the season he left to coach at his alma mater.

“We’re better than we were a year ago,” Frost said, “and the rest of it we are going to have to earn.”

It all starts with Martinez, an exciting dual-threat who amassed 3,246 last year as a first-year freshman.

“We’re probably going to go as far as he can take us this year,” Frost said.

We have “far” as winning the winnable Big Ten West and maybe landing in a warm-weathered bowl that serves umbrella drinks by the pool.

The schedule is medium spicy with a chance to be 4-0—South Alabama, Colorado, Northern Illinois, Illinois-- in advance of Ohio State’s visit to Lincoln on Sept. 28.

An upset of the Scarlet and Gray would put Nebraska on a collision course with AP top 10.

Wait, you say we’re getting ahead of ourselves on Nebraska?

Well, if you remember, that was the entire point of this story.

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