Roundtable: Husker reality predictions

What Nebraska games might actually go way different then the general perception at the moment in 2015? Big Red Report takes a look at the topic in our 2015 roundtable.

Perception isn’t always reality.

Just look at Nebraska’s 2014 schedule and you will see examples.

The general thought was McNeese State would come in to Lincoln and eventually roll over last year. It didn’t happen.

Nebraska needed a big fourth quarter TD run from Ameer Abdullah last year to beat McNeese State

Take the Huskers matchup with Wisconsin in Madison. While not everyone was predicting a Nebraska victory, most saw it close. The Badgers rolled up the rushing yards in a 59-24 win.

Perception isn’t always reality.

We tackle the topic today in our latest Big Red Report media roundtable question.

Ralph Brown - A former Blackshirt All-American and NFL starter , Brown now lives in California and works for FOX Sports West. He makes it back to Lincoln often for games and still follows the team very closely, doing guest work in Lincoln from time-to-time.

Brandon Vogel - Vogel is the managing editor of Hail Varsity and has been with the magazine since its first season on the scene. He's spent more than a decade writing about sports and everything in between, from the Kentucky Derby to the television debut of Friday Night Lights, for such outlets as Fox Sports, and CBS Sports.

Nick Handley - Handley is the co-host of The Drive on AM 590 ESPN radio in Omaha – the new voice of Husker athletics.

Brett Edwards – A former college quarterback at Wayne State, Edwards is now the sports director of KLKN-TV Channel 8 ABC in Lincoln.

The game that will go way differently then the perception right now?

Brown: “I think the perception for the Michigan State game is the Spartans win. I think it will be closer. I think with the coaching of Riley and the staff, Nebraska will actually shock them. I don’t know if it’s a guaranteed win, but I think it will be closer than a lot of people expect it to be because of the coaching and preparation the guys will take going into that game.”

Vogel: “Nebraska wins a close one, as a double-digit favorite or so, at Purdue. The Boilermakers are quietly getting better and, while Purdue may not have the record that conclusively proves this at the end of 2015, I do think they'll be a tough out for a lot of Big Ten teams this season.”

Handley: “This is going to be crazy to say. Looking at their schedule, I would assume that the Wisconsin game…I would not be shocked if Nebraska takes care of Wisconsin this year. I think they beat them by ten points. Wisconsin strikes a fear in everyone right now because of two huge blowouts. I just think Wisconsin is dealing with a lot more question marks than Nebraska is on the offensive side. I do like Wisconsin’s defense a lot, they were young last year and got better everyday. It’s going to be a big game a big atmosphere in Lincoln. I think if you ask fans, they would say ‘just please don’t blow us out’, Wisconsin strikes fear. I think Nebraska not only beats them, but does it going away.”

Edwards: “I think both the BYU and Miami games are toss-ups, so I wouldn’t really look at those. I’m going to say at Rutgers. It is the 11th straight game. It’s in November. It could be sort of cold in New Jersey. Nebraska has never been there. I think Rutgers is improving and I like what Kyle Flood is doing. I think Nebraska wins, but it’s a closer than most think it will be.”

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