ESPN's FPI predicts Nebraska's chances of receiving a bowl bid through Week 8
Nebraska football is making quite the second-half comeback this season under interim coach Mickey Joseph. For him to lose the interim tag, however, a bowl game must be in the Huskers’ future.
ESPN’s FPI projects the chances of Nebraska reaching a bowl game at a very unfavorable number of 8.3%. The Huskers (3-4) still have to face No. 17 Illinois, Minnesota, No. 4 Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa.
Athletic director Trev Alberts will have a difficult decision to make in the coming weeks after seeing a slight turnaround under Joseph. A fellow Nebraska alum, the Huskers have gone 2-2 since the firing of Scott Frost, winning games against Indiana and Rutgers. Last week, Nebraska allowed Purdue to jump out to a 27-13 first-half lead and couldn’t recover en route to a 43-37 loss on the road.
One of the biggest concerns for the Huskers entering the final month of action is their pass defense. Nebraska currently ranks 121st in pass defense, allowing opponents to average 281.3 yards per game. This season, the Huskers have allowed 12 passing touchdowns and recorded 7 interceptions in coverage.
The Huskers return to Memorial Stadium this Saturday to take on the Illini. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. E.T. and will be airing on ABC.