Nebraska Football: What Huskers Need to Do to Hit Offseason with Momentum

Erin Sorensen@erinsorensenContributor IDecember 3, 2013

LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 29: The Nebraska Cornhuskers take the field prior their game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Memorial stadium on November 29, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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The Nebraska football team needs to hit the offseason with momentum.

However, that's easier said than done.

For most teams, recruiting and winning a bowl game are imperative for a good start to the offseason. It's no different for Nebraska.

The Huskers want to head into the offseason with as much momentum and as many good vibes as possible. A strong recruiting class and a bowl game win are a big factor in that.

On the recruiting front, Nebraska is off to a good start.

In fact, the team recently picked up two big recruits in 3-star wide receiver Robert Lockhart and 3-star linebacker Jaevon Walton (via 247 Sports).

Lockhart joins an impressive receivers corps at Nebraska. He originally started his college career at Miami in 2012. An ACL injury resulted in Lockhart transferring to Hinds Community College in Mississippi.

Walton is currently a senior at Edna Karr High School in New Orleans, La. Walton still holds offers from Missouri and Southern Miss. While LSU has yet to offer him, he did attend a football camp at the university.

Securing Walton on signing day would be a huge kick of momentum for the Huskers. Lockhart would do the same.

These two are just an example of the many recruits Nebraska needs to secure.

A strong recruiting class brings a team a lot of positive vibes in the offseason. For Nebraska, this upcoming class will be an important one. With so much negativity swirling around the Huskers, a solid class can swing momentum in the right direction.

Additionally, winning the upcoming bowl game will help Nebraska in the offseason.

That's not a secret, though. Losing the bowl game isn't exactly how any teams wants to face the offseason. A win sets things up nicely.

For Nebraska, winning will be key.

The Huskers will likely travel to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl in Tempe, Ariz., per Sean Callahan of on Twitter. Who the team would play is still a mystery.

However, Callahan speculates that the opponent could be either Oklahoma or Texas.

Both teams would be positive for Nebraska. A former Big 12 matchup would be a fun one for fans to witness. Plus, if Nebraska wins, the team and fans would head into the offseason on a good note.

The Huskers are definitely feeling the pressure right now. After an eventful final weekend to the regular season, Nebraska is looking for some positive momentum.

The team really needs to buckle down and focus. Any additional negative news will only harm the momentum going forward.

There is still a long road ahead for Nebraska before the offseason.

Winning and recruiting will ensure the Huskers head into it with momentum.