In 2011, the Cornhuskers finished third in the Big Ten Legends Division behind Michigan State and Michigan. This year, Nebraska looks to rank in the top 15 teams in college football—something they have not done since 2009 when they finished 14th in the AP Top 25. In order to do so, Nebraska needs to improve their in-conference play.
Before concluding the season with a 30-13 loss to South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl, Nebraska posted a 9-3 overall record with all three losses coming to Big Ten opponents. Their performance last year earned the Cornhuskers a ranking of 24th in the AP Top 25.
While Nebraska picked up quality wins over 11th ranked Michigan State and 12th ranked Penn State in 2011, the team also dropped disappointing matchups with 18th ranked Michigan and unranked Northwestern. The Cornhuskers will need to be much more consistent in Big Ten play if they want to be considered a top 15 team.
The four biggest games on Nebraska’s 2012 schedule—and what they need to do to win them—will be highlighted in this article.