LINCOLN, Neb. - At 3-5 on the season, Nebraska's bowl outlook is bleak, but projected wins over Purdue and Rutgers would get the Huskers to five wins. That might be enough in 2015, even with two more losses.
In 2012, the NCAA started allowing teams with a 5-7 record head to a bowl game if they have a top-five score on the Academic Progress Rate out of the teams not already qualified for a game.
If the Huskers finish 5-7 overall, it's likely they would have the highest APR score among the rest of the 5-7 teams.
It's the reason CBS Sport's Jerry Palm has Nebraska in a bowl game this season. Palm has the Huskers playing Duke in the Pinstripe Bowl on December 26th.
While it wouldn't the type of bowl Nebraska fans are accustomed to, it could be crucial in the development of the program under head coach Mike Riley.
“Nebraska’s got a great tradition of going to bowl games, going to pretty good bowls for the most part," said Nebraska defensive end Jack Gangwish. "The other thing is that postseason time, that bowl prep, that period of time that you get to practice and work, that’s something that can really contribute to the success of a football program, having that much more time to perfect your craft and get better. As a senior, I want to go, I want to prolong my season. I want to keep playing ball and take us to a good bowl and hopefully do well there, but on top of that, that’s something for our younger guys that’s just more repetitions going into next season. Any edge you can get is pretty big. I'm not sure how many practices you get in an average bowl prep, but you think about spring ball, that’s huge in the development of a football program. Spring football is only 15 practices. Every day that you can get out there and get your guys progressing is important.”
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