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Nebraska Football Has a Great Opportunity to Show Progress with the Second Most Difficult Schedule in the Country

For a program that is looking to take a couple steps forward in 2021, the schedule does it no favors.

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Great timing in my opinion.

For a program that wants to, well needs to, take a couple steps forward the schedule in front of it is a great opportunity to do show.

If progress has been made and the development is there then the second most difficult schedule in the country is a great opportunity for Nebraska and Scott Frost.

That ranking is based off of Bill Connelly, of ESPN, and his SP+ ranking of strength of schedule. Only Arkansas has a more difficult schedule.

Here is Billy Connelly’s Top 10 most difficult schedules in college football for 2021.

Bill Connelly’s SP+ projections are made up of primarily three things: Returning production, recent recruiting and recent history.

While it is an opportunity for Scott Frost and the team to show the progress and development it is also a chance for them to fall flat on their face.

The Omaha World-Herald has a prediction of 8-4 for Nebraska in 2021. Steven Sipple of the Lincoln Journal-Star has 7-5. With this schedule I think either of those records would show tremendous progress.