Back-to-back trips to Wisconsin and Ohio State will make for a hard stretch of games for Nebraska in 2016. The following is Nebraska on Scout's breakdown of the toughest five games on the Huskers' schedule in 2016.
5.) Northwestern: Nebraska is just 3-2 over the Wildcats since joining the Big Ten. The record could easily be 2-3 without some magic from a backup walk-on quarterback and a guy named Westy. Nebraska fans seem to dismiss Northwestern often, but a little reminder the Wildcats did come into Lincoln and beat the Huskers last season, 30-28.
4.) Oregon: A few people might have already bolted from the article after reading Oregon as No. 4, but give me a chance. The Ducks will be breaking in a brand new quarterback early in the season when they come to Memorial Stadium and only have four starters back on both sides of the football. It's hard to imagine Nebraska head coach Mike Riley also not having this game circled on the schedule after his history with Oregon over the years.
3.) Wisconsin: Nebraska is just 1-4 against Wisconsin since joining the Big Ten. The Badgers might take a small step back this season, but Camp Randall is never an easy place to play. The Badgers are 18-3 at home the last three seasons. Whoever wins the starting QB job will have eight games of work before the Huskers come to town and running back Corey Clement is supposedly healthy.
2.) Iowa: Three of the last four games between Iowa and Nebraska have been decided by one score or less. The game that wasn't? A blowout win by Iowa. The Hawkeyes won't take much of a step back from their 12 win season a year ago and Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard will be the second best quarterback the Huskers will see in 2016.
1.) Ohio State: The Buckeyes are 28-1 at home in the Urban Meyer era and will have a chip on their shoulder after being left out of the College Football Playoff a year ago with just one loss. The Buckeyes return just three starters on both sides of the ball, but Ohio State is also a program that reloads.