Publisher and college football prognosticator Phil Steele believes Nebraska will be one of the most improved teams in the country next season. The Huskers dropped six of their first nine games in 2015 before rebounding to finish 6-7 under first year coach Mike Riley.
“They had five last second losses last year”, said Steele. “That means they were five plays away from being an 11-2 team last year. I think they are going to be way under the radar heading into the season and I think you are going to see a much improved Nebraska this year.”
Steele says the Huskers may have found their identity in a Foster Farms Bowl victory over UCLA. Nebraska rushed for 326 yards in a 37-29 win over the Bruins.
“I loved the way they finished in the bowl game. They get to a bowl game despite a losing record and they made the most of it. They just came out and physically beat up UCLA and hopefully there is a little more emphasis on the run game this year.”
The Huskers open the season at home September third against Fresno State.
Phil Steele’s College Football Preview Magazine will be on the newsstands June 28. Pre-orders are being taken by calling 866-918-7711.