It's about that time, with less than 3 weeks to go before the season, that College Football prognosticators decide on who will win what.
When it comes to the Big Ten West division, feelings are torn on the Fox Sports site when it comes to the Nebraska Cornhuskers and new HC Mike Riley.
First off, from Stewart Mandel, Nebraska should be no better than 7-5 overall, while being 4-4 in the Big Ten. That alone, in his mind, puts Nebraska fourth in the division.
And then there’s Nebraska. I have the utmost respect for coach Mike Riley, but he seems set up for a rough first season. Quarterback Tommy Armstrong does not possess the skill set of Riley’s customary pro-style protégés. The defense lacks obvious playmakers outside of tackle Maliek Collins. With non-conference games against BYU and Miami and early-to-mid October dates with Wisconsin and Minnesota, it’s not inconceivable the Huskers will start 3-4.
I'm not getting where Nathan Gerry is being ignored, but that's not my call.
However, just a little bit later, fellow Fox Sports writer Bruce Feldman thinks that Nebraska is 9-3 and wins the Big Ten West with the tiebreaker being that they defeat Wisconsin head to head. Feldman, however, does think that Ohio State defeats Nebraska in Indianapolis for the Big Ten title.
His reasoning? Simple to him:
The West is a mess, rivaling the ACC Coastal for the weakest division in a Power 5 conference. The two most talented teams, NU and Wisconsin, both have new coaches. I'm picking the 'Huskers to win the division because they get Wisconsin in Lincoln this fall.
Both of the opinions shared here basically piggy back the notion that no one really knows what they will get with Nebraska this year.