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Nebraska Football: Game-by-Game Predictions for 2022

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If there is one team that should be the most desperate to turn in a winning season in 2022, it just may be the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The program has gone a once unthinkable five consecutive seasons without playing in a bowl game, but hopes are rising high that this is the year that drought comes to an end. And, if a few things can go their way, Nebraska could be a viable player in the way the Big Ten West shakes out this fall.

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Scott Frost enters his fifth season as head coach of his alma mater, and the pressure has never been as high as it could be this year for him to turn in a long-awaited winning season. Nebraska will have some fresh faces to rely on to help get the Huskers over the last couple of hurdles holding them back from a bowl trip. Changes to the coaching staff and some roster turnover could be the key to turning things around, finally, in Lincoln.

Here is what the experts at Athlon Sports have to say about the Huskers this season, with game-by-game predictions for Big Red beginning with a game across the Atlantic Ocean.

Nebraska Football Game-by-Game Predictions for 2022

Steven LassanMark RossKevin McGuire

vs. Northwestern (Dublin, Ireland)

Nebraska

Nebraska

Nebraska

North Dakota

Nebraska

Nebraska

Nebraska

Georgia Southern

Nebraska

Nebraska

Nebraska

Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Indiana

Nebraska

Nebraska

Nebraska

at Rutgers

Nebraska

Nebraska

Rutgers

at Purdue

Purdue

Purdue

Purdue

Illinois

Nebraska

Nebraska

Nebraska

Minnesota

Minnesota

Nebraska

Nebraska

at Michigan

Michigan

Michigan

Michigan

Wisconsin

Wisconsin

Wisconsin

Wisconsin

at Iowa

Iowa

Iowa

Iowa

Final Record

6-6

7-5

6-6

Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
Following last year’s 3-9 mark, the 2022 season is clearly a make-or-break year for coach Scott Frost at Nebraska. However, the Cornhuskers weren’t nearly as bad as last season’s record indicated. With a statistically impossible 0-8 mark in one-score games, some progression is likely coming by default in '22. After struggling in this department last fall, improvement in small areas like special teams, turnover margin and third/red-zone offense/defense could make a difference in close games. Also, Frost’s decision to hire veteran Mark Whipple and recruit Texas transfer Casey Thompson to start at quarterback are two moves that should pay off in ’22. Defense hasn’t been a problem for the Cornhuskers in recent years, and I think this unit is still going to be a strength despite returning only five starters. Cleaning up the mistakes from ’21, performing better along the offensive line and meshing the offense with all of the changes should be just enough for Nebraska to get to a bowl. Making up ground early in the schedule is crucial, as the Cornhuskers play Minnesota, Michigan (road), Wisconsin and Iowa (road). 

Mark Ross (@AthlonMarkR)
It's pretty much now or never for Scott Frost at Nebraska. It's been a rough go for the former Cornhusker star at his alma mater although last year's 3-9 record doesn't tell the whole story. But the bottom line is this team has to do the little things it takes to win and play better in close games. The other thing this Nebraska team will need to do if it has any hope of going bowling is win early and often. A 3-1 September is pretty much a necessity because the second half of this slate is brutal, especially November. But after getting very few breaks last season, I'll say a few more bounces go the Huskers' way in 2022. Frost does finally lead his team to a bowl game, and it's possible Nebraska does more than just sneak into the postseason too. But the Huskers will have to bring their A-game week in and week out to get there because the margin for error is not very large and if they don't, there could be a coaching change to follow.

Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB)
I feel as though I have been down this road before, and perhaps a few too many times, but darn it, I'm about to travel down it again. Count me among those who feel that something has to bounce Nebraska's way at some point, and this could be the season they do. I'm not about to throw Nebraska into the Big Ten West hunt, but I do think the Cornhuskers have enough to be playing more of a role in how the division plays out. An opener in Ireland against a Northwestern team Nebraska pummeled last season feels like a good way to start the season.

A fresh approach at quarterback with transfer Casey Thompson and new offensive coordinator Mark Whipple (who helped in a big way with Kenny Pickett at Pitt) should help in the long run. A home upset of Oklahoma is not at all out of the question, and getting key division games at home against Minnesota and Wisconsin should be a nice advantage. Nebraska does have to travel to Michigan but they avoid Ohio State, Michigan State, and Penn State out of the crossover lineup. Getting Rutgers and Indiana in back-to-back games on the crossover draw is about as fortunate as it gets, even with having to make a trip to New Jersey on a Friday night. But Nebraska needs to get to that elusive six-win mark by November because the final month of the season could be brutal.