Well, the Huskers are about where I expected them to be. 4-3 after a win against Iowa State, a pretty good win as a matter of fact. Despite the 5 forced fumbles, the Huskers played well for most of the game. The defense has stepped up and the offense, led by Joe Ganz, hopes to continue successful production as we head into the last 5 games. I think in these last five games (vs. Baylor, @ Oklahoma, vs. Kansas, @ Kansas State, vs. Colorado) that the Huskers should win at least 2 of them, if not 3 of them. Here's what I think.
vs. Baylor - October 25
The Huskers should win this game. Baylor is a tougher team than in previous year though. They did destroy Iowa State in Waco on October 11th. The way the Huskers played against Iowa State, if that's any indicator of future performance, should help pave the way for a victory against Baylor.
Prediction: Huskers win
at. Oklahoma - November 1
This will probably be the toughest task for the Huskers all year. If you thought the Missouri game was brutal, wait until this game, it might be harsh. Oklahoma has played well all year with the Texas game being a little exception. They don't have the greatest defense (as don't most teams in the Big XII), but their offense more than makes up for it. Sam Bradford is in the running for the Heisman (though Colt McCoy is the front runner) and leads a force to be reckoned with.
My Prediction: Huskers lose handily
vs. Kansas - November 8
I do believe this is a game that the Huskers can win. I'm a little pessimistic and I'll say they won't, but Kansas, who struggled against Iowa State, does have weaknesses. Todd Reesing is a very talented QB and has done a great job with the younger players being inserted into the system at Kansas. Kansas does have a tough match up against at. Texas Tech and could be looking ahead to Texas the week after playing us (though I don't think they will be). Should be a fun game w/ some high scoring.
My Prediction: Huskers lose in a close one
at. Kansas State - November 15
Josh Freeman has quietly been impressive for Kansas State. I read somewhere that he's on pace to do what Tim Tebow did last year in his Heisman Trophy year and that is get 20 passing and 20 rushing TDs in the same year. This guy can pass and he can also run. Hopefully the Huskers can continue the success they have had when facing him and K-State as this could be a dangerous game in Manhattan, Kansas.
My Prediction: Huskers win
vs. Colorado - November 28
The day after Thanksgiving, the Huskers will have to face Dan Hawkins' Colorado Buffaloes. It should be another entertaining game as this struggling Colorado team (who may recover) hosts Nebraska. I do believe the Huskers can win this game. This is a Colorado team who was able to beat West Virginia, but struggled against Florida State. Cody Hawkins has been benched as he struggled through the season. Watch out for that Colorado running game though, Scott can be a dangerous runner.
My Prediction: Huskers win
So, by my calculations, the Huskers will finish the year at 7-5 and 4-4 in the Big XII. All in all, what I had expected out of Bo Pelini's first year.
Go Big Red!