CFB analyst explains why Nebraska could be 'on the rise' in 2022
After a disappointing 3-9 season that was filled with gut-wrenching losses nearly every weekend, Nebraska fans are hopeful things can turn around in 2022, the fifth year of the Scott Frost era. College football analyst Greg McElroy is providing some optimism to the folks in Lincoln.
On McElroy and Cubelic in the Morning, McElroy explained why believes Nebraska has the best shot to be a team on the rise heading into 2022. He cited plenty of reasons as to why the Huskers could see plenty of improvement after last season.
“They have NIL figured out. They have deep pockets and they have a collective that’s doing quite well,” McElroy said. “They just landed Ochaun Mathis, who is one of the biggest transfer prospects in the country. They should be well positioned to continue to attract transfers. They also got Casey Thompson. Those two guys made me realize, alright, they have something kinda figured out from an NIL or transfer standpoint.”
Frost and his staff took a new approach this offseason, hitting the NCAA transfer portal hard. The Huskers also landed wide receiver Trey Palmer (LSU), offensive lineman Hunter Anthony (Oklahoma State), defensive lineman Devin Drew (Texas Tech) and defensive back Kaine Williams.
Those are just a few of the bigger names to transfer to the program.
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McElroy also makes the argument that the B1G West is one of the most “gettable” divisions in college football.
“You can make the case it’s the most gettable division in all of college football,” he said. “B1G West — While I have respect for Wisconsin, I don’t fear Wisconsin. While I have respect for Minnesota, I don’t fear Minnesota. I have respect Iowa, I don’t fear Iowa. I think all three are solid, all three are beatable.”
McElroy said the two question marks still hovering around the program are the recruiting footprint and the coaching staff. After four seasons with Frost at the helm, the Huskers have failed to produce a winning season or even a bowl appearance.
But he closed out his argument looking back at Nebraska’s 3-9 campaign.
“All I know is this — last year they lost 9 games by a grand total of less than 100 points. Their biggest loss was at the hands of Ohio State,” McElory said. “I mean, they played teams tight. Those things have a tendency of correcting themselves from one year to the next.”