Nebraska, dark horse.
It seems strange writing those words, saying those words, thinking that thought.
But then you look at reality. The Huskers, once an anchor of the Big 8 and Big 12, cause hardly a ripple in the Big 10 West race.
Check the numbers: 4-8 last season, three losing seasons in the past five years.
But changes are being made and have been made. Home grown Husker, Scott Frost, came back to Lincoln after a turnaround at UCF which ended with an unbeaten record, including a Peach Bowl victory over SEC heavyweight Auburn.
Adrian Martinez, arguably the best QB in the Big Ten is back. So are 14 other starters.
The regular season schedule avoids Michigan and brings Iowa, Wisconsin and Ohio State to Lincoln.
The Big Ten West is devoid of a super team.
So dark horse?
Yeah, that works.