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The good news for Nebraska coach Bo Pelini is that "Audiogate" seems like a distant memory. After beating Georgia in the Gator Bowl, Pelini inked an extension that takes him through 2018 with the Cornhuskers.
All of which begs the question: Has any coach in college football had a more dramatic turnaround over the past six months than Pelini?
Pelini can keep that momentum going in 2014 by winning a divisional and, perhaps, conference championship. However, there are questions the Huskers must answer.
Let's start with the easiest. Barring an upset, it would appear that Tommy Armstrong Jr. is the heir apparent to Taylor Martinez at quarterback. Armstrong started seven games in 2013 while Martinez was sidelined with a foot injury.
Still, there's a lot of room for Armstrong to grow as a full-time starter. When a player has been around as long as Martinez was, he can be a safety net.
Martinez isn't the only starter departing. Though leading running back Ameer Abdullah and receiver Kenny Bell are returning, the Huskers lose four seniors along the offensive line.
There are also questions about the defense. Pelini's a defensive guy at heart, yet the Huskers were average in that department last season, especially against the run. Defensive coordinator John Papuchis is returning and the front seven should be the strength of that unit.
Ultimately, can the Huskers get over the perennial 9-4/10-4 hump?
Ben Kercheval is a lead writer for college football at Bleacher Report. All stats courtesy of cfbstats.com.