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Nebraska Football: Game-by-Game Predictions for the Cornhuskers in 2021

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Scott Frost and the Huskers hope to turn things around after not making it to a bowl game in his first three seasons

To say the 2021 season is an important one for Nebraska and head coach Scott Frost may be an understatement. Frost brought a bright optimistic future to Nebraska fans when he returned home after a dream season at UCF, but Nebraska fans have had more than their share of nightmares over the last several years.

Frost is heading into his fourth season as the head coach in Lincoln, and it will once again feel like an uphill climb just to get Nebraska into the postseason with a bowl game for the first time since 2016. A schedule that already includes games against Wisconsin and Iowa in division play is increased in difficulty with a crossover matchup with Ohio State and a non-conference matchup with former Big 12 rival Oklahoma.

Will the Huskers have enough to get over the hurdle that has tripped them up on the way to a postseason bowl berth in 2021? Or will the search for postseason play linger into 2022?

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Nebraska Football Game-by-Game Predictions for 2021

Nebraska Football: Game-by-Game Predictions for 2021

Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
Getting to six wins isn’t going to be easy with a challenging schedule, but I think Nebraska can reach that mark in 2021. To reach a bowl, improvement on offense is a must after a lackluster '20. The Cornhuskers averaged only 23.1 points a game last season and enter the year with question marks at receiver, running back and quarterback. Can Adrian Martinez return to the form he displayed as a freshman in ’18? The offense is likely to be a work in progress, but this team might be able to lean on a defense that seems poised to take a step forward with eight returning starters. The schedule is difficult. However, if Martinez plays better, and the defense improves as expected, Nebraska should find a path to six wins and the program’s first bowl under Frost.

Mark Ross (@AthlonMarkR)
To say things haven't gone according to plan for Scott Frost would be an understatement. His seat may already be getting a little warmer before the season even starts so it's critical that the Huskers get to a bowl game. The problem is finding six wins on a very difficult schedule. Nebraska has to start out hot because things will get much tougher starting on Oct. 9 (vs. Michigan) and not really let up until the end. An offense that ranked near the bottom nationally in both points and passing yards per game needs to take a huge step forward and a defense that returns plenty of experience likewise needs to improve. A break-even mark seems doable but it's certainly no guarantee, especially for a team that hasn't really sniffed a bowl game in four seasons.

Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB)
If Nebraska is going to make a push for a bowl game in 2021, then the Huskers have to rack up as many wins as they can before Halloween. Nebraska’s November schedule could be brutal with Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Iowa all in the way in the final month of the season. And there are few games that suggest Nebraska is an easy favorite to rely on elsewhere on the schedule. This looks like a difficult fall in Lincoln, and the Scott Frost love will continue to evaporate as a result.