1. Nebraska wins first game of 2018
Despite the optimism that former UCF head coach Scott Frost would return to his alma mater and right the ship for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, things have played out in the opposite manner for his team to start the year. After losing back-to-back close games to Colorado and Troy, the Huskers were routed by Michigan the following week and haven’t lost by fewer than 14 points since that time.
Having said that, Nebraska’s recent slate of games wouldn’t have been a cake-walk for any team. Michigan, since their season-opening loss to Notre Dame, has appeared to be a much better team than some thought after Week 1. What’s more, the Huskers had to play Wisconsin this past week, and had they been able to do anything to stop Jonathan Taylor, that game would’ve been much closer.
Regardless, they are still an 0-5 team to start the year and now enter a Week 7 matchup on the road against the Northwestern Wildcats. Considering that the Wildcats are coming off back-to-back weeks where they almost beat the aforementioned Wolverines and then did upset the Michigan State Spartans, there’s reason to believe that the Huskers are heading for an 0-6 start.
However, I think they avoid that. With Adrian Martinez seemingly giving this offense some life. More importantly, the Huskers have been a sieve defensively because of their run defense, but Northwestern has averaged just 77.4 rushing yards per game. I think that allows Nebraska to not only keep this one close, but to bring the Wildcats back to Earth as the Cornhuskers earn their first win of 2018 under Frost.