Welcome, everybody, to another Fast Fridayedition of the Carriker Chronicles, where each and every Friday I keep it quick andeasy! I saw some articles come out that are projectingtoward next college football season, and they pertain to the Huskers so I want to talk aboutthese and dive into something else at the end.
The first article I saw said that the Huskershave the third toughest non-conference schedule in the entire Big Ten, right behind Michiganand Ohio State next season.
The next one I saw had the Huskers rankednumber ninety, according to the Athlon rankings, as far as the starting quarterback position.
I suppose that’s better than 110th, Huskerfans might be interested in who is ranked 110th, but they’re assuming that TannerLee starts when they created that projection or ranking.
The next thing I saw was on Hail Varisty, where we are projected to finish fourth in the Big Ten West, and a lot of this is dueto the rough end to last season and having to start a lot of new, young guys this year.
They don’t even have us going to a bowlgame, they have us finishing at 5-7.
So this begs the question, what will the Huskers’final record be next season? Let’s break it down, shall we? The first thing I’m going to do is go throughthe games I think we should win.
I’m going to start with Arkansas State, this is year-in-year-out one of the best teams in the Sun Belt Conference.
Our non-conference schedule is no gimme thisseason, it’s a little challenging, but we should beat Arkansas State.
I’m going to come back to Oregon at theend, I’m going through the games I think we should win.
Next up is Northern Illinois, every year thisteam could be playing for a MAC Championship, win 9, 10, 11 games, so this is not a gimme, but a team we should beat.
Next up, Rutgers, I see as being Rutgers, next up at Illinois.
This is a road game, on a shortened week ona Friday night.
Not going to be an easy game but a game weshould win.
I’ll come back to Wisconsin and Ohio State.
Next up is Bye Week, I don’t see us gettingan ‘L’ there, following that is at Purdue.
I don’t see a repeat of two years ago againstthe Boilermakers, I think we get the ‘W’ there.
Next up, Northwestern, the Wildcats alwaysplay us tough, but we get them at home, I think we get another win.
Next up is a game that admittedly has me alittle bit nervous, at Minnesota.
This is a tough team that plays us tough, I do think we get this win but this is, again, not a gimme.
Now let’s talk about these games that area little bit more debatable in my opinion.
At Oregon, the Oregon Ducks, this is a teamthat’s not going to be as bad as they were last year and we’re going to play at AutzenStadium.
This is a stadium that is very loud, I’vebeen there many times growing up, and this can be a raucous crowd, and we’re goingto be starting a new quarterback at this point.
But this Oregon team and this program arein a little bit of disarray.
From their strength coach getting in trouble, to other coaches getting in trouble, they’ve got to right their ship a little bit, so Ilike our odds up in Eugene so we get that big win.
Next up, Wisconsin, which is going to be followingthe Friday night game on the road against Illinois.
So we get Wisconsin at home, we get an extraday to prepare, we are due against these boys, we’ve only beaten them one time since wejoined the Big Ten Conference.
I think we get the win over the Badgers.
Next up is Ohio State.
I would love to pull the trigger, and predictthat we’ll beat the Buckeyes, I just can’t do it at this moment.
I think they hand us our first ‘L’ ofthe season, but you never know what can happen.
Going down to the next game I did not coveris at Penn State.
The Nittany Lions this past season won theBig Ten Championship, they almost won the Rose Bowl, a great game, and they were oneof the youngest teams in the country and they have a lot of those key players back thisyear.
It’s a road game, so I gotta give the NittanyLions the edge in this game, but I do think this will be a close game so they hand usour second loss.
Next up is them Iowa Hawkeyes, Friday, athome, day after Thanksgiving, we owe them boys a little bit of revenge, I think we’regoing to get it.
So if I stop right there, we are 10-2, prettygood season right? Here’s the problem, I have to be as objectiveas I can.
Over the past nineteen years, ever since 1997, there’s only been one season that the Huskers have won every single game they were favoredin, that was a year ago.
But eighteen out of nineteen seasons theylost a game they were favored to win, odds are it’s going to happen again this year.
I don’t know, maybe it’s at Minnesota, that game makes me a little nervous.
Maybe a ball bounces wrong in one of thesegames, you never know.
So I have the Huskers losing a game that theyotherwise should not have lost, but I have them going 9-3 which is a whole lot betterthan 5-7, whole lot better than not going to a bowl game.
I want to hear your predictions, what areyour way-too-early predictions for the Huskers’ final record next season? Hit me up in the comments below, especiallyon my Facebook and Twitter, I’m extremely interactive on my social media accounts.
Until Monday, enjoy your weekend, Go Big Redand always remember to THROW THE BONES!.