ESPN analyst says Nebraska has 'Top 30 potential'
According to ESPN’s Bill Connelly, Nebraska has a chance to have its best season in years.
Connelly, who is the creator of ESPN’s SP+ rating, called the Cornhuskers a “complete wildcard” on a recent appearance on “CFB Podcast With Herbie, Pollack and Negandhi.”
“Nebraska is a complete wild card,” he said on the show. “I think, on paper, they look closer to what they were supposed to be last year than they did last year. I think they absolutely have top-30 potential if the defense comes along and if Adrian Martinez has a couple of receivers.”
The Cornhuskers are currently No. 31 in SP+, which is a great place to start after finishing at No. 55 last season.
Improvement from Martinez will be an important factor in Nebraska’s development. He regressed last season, completing 59.4 percent of his passes to go with just 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
However, Nebraska’s biggest problem might be something that’s out of its control: the schedule. The Huskers open up with a brutal slate that includes Ohio State, Wisconsin, Penn State and Iowa as four of their first six games.
They’ll get started with the Buckeyes at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday in Columbus. The game will be broadcast on FOX.