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Nebraska Cornhuskers National Championship Odds
Scott Frost had a bumpy first season as coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, but the team showed life late and are aiming to build upon that. Despite only four wins in 2018, there is a lot of optimism about Nebraska for 2019. It has a star quarterback returning and plenty of other pieces that are expected to take a step forward. Ohio State and Michigan are once again expected to battle it out for Big Ten supremacy but if things fall right, Nebraska may be able to join the fray. There are high hopes for this program and a strong 2019 would be a good sign for the future of Frost’s tenure.
2019 Nebraska Cornhuskers at a Glance
Cornhuskers National Championship Odds: 35/1
Cornhuskers Odds To Win Big Ten: +1800
Cornhuskers Regular Season Win Total: 8
Nebraska has high hopes in large part due to the presence of quarterback Adrian Martinez. The sophomore signal-caller threw for 2,617 yards with 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 2018 and is getting some Heisman Trophy buzz heading into the season. Martinez is also a threat with his legs as he ran for 629 yards and eight touchdowns a year ago. Those were great results in his first season and if Martinez can continue to develop he will be a serious headache for opposing defensive coordinators.
The Huskers lose 1,000-yard rusher Devine Ozigbo and he will likely be replaced by junior college transfer Dedrick Mills and freshman Rahmir Johnson. The receiving corps loses star Stanley Morgan, Jr., but the duo of J.D. Spielman and Kanawai Noa should be able to step up and keep the passing game going. The Nebraska offensive line improved as 2018 went along and could be a strength this season.
The defense needs to improve after allowing 31.3 points per game, which was one of the worst marks in the history of the program. The Huskers have a lot of experience back on the defensive line and inside linebacker Mohamed Barry returns after leading the team in tackles a season ago. Lamar Jackson is the biggest name in the secondary and that group will need to develop in a hurry. Nebraska’s defense had some hiccups during a coaching change last season but is expected to be improved this season.
If Martinez continues to excel and the defense takes a step forward, Nebraska could have a big turnaround in 2019.
2019 Nebraska Cornhuskers Betting Schedule
||Nebraska vs. South Alabama
||Saturday, August 31
||Nebraska at Colorado
||Saturday, September 7
||Nebraska vs. Northern Illinois
||Saturday, September 14
||Nebraska at Illinois
||Saturday, September 21
||Nebraska vs. Ohio State
||Saturday, September 28
||Nebraska vs. Northwestern
||Saturday, October 5
||Nebraska at Minnesota
||Saturday, October 12
||Nebraska vs. Indiana
||Saturday, October 26
||Nebraska at Purdue
||Saturday, November 2
||Nebraska vs. Wisconsin
||Saturday, November 16
||Nebraska at Maryland
||Saturday, November 23
||Nebraska vs. Iowa
||Friday, November 29
It seems as though the Nebraska football program has always been good, and it’s because they have been. Over the past 55 seasons, the Huskers have experienced just four, yes four, losing seasons. They won 10 or more games 26 times, had five unbeaten seasons and claimed five national championships. They played in 51 bowl games in that 55-year span and were also ranked in the top-25 of every AP poll from 1970 to 2001.
The success didn’t start in 1961, it happened long before that. The Huskers enjoyed 17 straight winning campaigns at the beginning of the 20th century. Nebraska appeared in its first bowl game with a Rose Bowl loss following the 1940 season and wouldn’t get its first win until 1960. Bob Devaney led the Huskers to back-to-back national championships in 1970 and 1971 by going a combined 24-0-1.
Tom Osborne took over in 1972 and led the program to unprecedented success. The Huskers won at least nine games every season, were ranked in the AP poll every week and appeared in a bowl at the conclusion of each season. Osborne retired following a perfect 13-0 record and the program’s fifth national championship in 1997. Nebraska ended its affiliation with the Big 12 Conference to join the Big Ten in 2011. The success hasn’t come as easily in the past decade or so but Nebraska is hoping to take the next step forward in 2019.
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