If this program weren't named Nebraska, then I would look at a schedule that includes tricky non-conference visits from Southern Miss and Arkansas State, a non-conference visit to a blank slate of a UCLA team, and in-conference visits to Ohio State, Northwestern (which won at Nebraska last year), Michigan State and Iowa, and I would say that simply going undefeated in non-conference and going .500 in conference might signify pretty solid play and reasonable success.
But after the teases of 2009-10, and after the move to a new conference that didn't exactly bow to them on the field, one can sense Husker fans getting a little restless. I can't imagine anything less than a strong run at a division title (which would mean at least 9-3 or 10-2) would be considered much of a success.
Statistically, Nebraska is still quite iffy. They are poor in terms of passing downs offense and questionable in terms of standard downs defense. That defensive tackle Jared Crick is lost for the season only complicates matters further. It isn't too late for the Huskers to pull it together and make a run to win their division, but a) their performance to date doesn't suggest that is likely, and b) if that happens, I'll have a hard time believing it was because they overcame a big deficit once the other team's starting quarterback got hurt. I've been wrong before, however.