Nebraska is looking to carry over the momentum it built the last month of the 2015 season.
The Cornhuskers won three of their last four to finish 6-7 in coach Mike Riley’s first season, including an upset of Michigan State and a bowl victory over UCLA.
Last season began with a loss to BYU on a Hail Mary and was followed by four other losses by three points or less. Now they get a fresh start with a fourth-year starting quarterback in Tommy Armstrong Jr., one of the Big Ten’s best receiving corps and a defense that must rebuild its front four after losing two tackles to the NFL.
Nebraska hasn’t won a conference championship since 1999. This will be the Huskers’ sixth year in the Big Ten, and they’ve reached the league title game only once, in 2012.
The Huskers will wear “SF27” helmet decals to honor the memory of Sam Foltz, the All-Big Ten punter who died in a car crash in Wisconsin on July 23rd. Former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler also died in the accident.