Nebraska has taken the two Big Ten meetings against Penn State since the Huskers joined the conference and last year they reached the Big Ten championship game. This season the Huskers continue to look for answers on defense in an attempt to silence some of the criticism of the program's apparent shortcomings on a path back to true national prominence.
What does the 2013 seasons have in store in Lincoln? Are these Huskers equipped for a return trip to Indianapolis for another crack at a Big Ten title? If they get that far, can they finally win a conference championship for the first time since 1999? What can we expect to see from Taylor Martinez, who is back for one more year under center for Nebraska?
To answer some of these questions following the spring we are joined by Brandon Cavanaugh from the Nebraska blog Corn Nation for our latest post-spring Q&A.
Q: It’s that time of the year again when we ask the question of whether or not Nebraska is going to be a legitimate Big Ten contender in the fall. Coming off their first trip to the Big Ten Championship Game in 2012, the Huskers look to be one of the top teams in the Legends Division once again. Coming out of the spring, what is the reading on this year’s Huskers as it relates to a Big Ten championship game run?
Brandon Cavanaugh: Nebraska's offense is a year older, wiser and jammed-packed with even more firepower. It's as much of a strength as the defense could be a liability. As it stands, I think the Huskers drop their games against Michigan and Penn State.
This conceivably sets up The Game Part Deux for the conference title, but considering we're talking about modern day college football, I can't help but think someone trips the Wolverines up and Nebraska ends up back in Indianapolis because, why not?