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On Wednesday's episode, Adam Carriker discusses the Huskers' 2019 football schedule, how it compares to last year's, and why it's being ranked among the toughest in the Big Ten.
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Here's a transcript of today's show:
Welcome to the Carriker Chronicles, the people's show, where we take the pulse of Husker Nation, brought to you by Nebraska Spine Hospital.
I've talked several times this offseason, that I believe Nebraska's schedule this upcoming fall is much more favorable than the murderer's row schedule we had a season ago, and then I came across this article on CBSsports.com. And they ranked all the teams in the Big Ten, their schedules Nos. 1-14 toughest to easiest, and Nebraska came in with the fourth-toughest schedule.
This kind of surprised me, so I checked out the article. And here's some of the notes that I took: now, the team they had with the toughest schedule in the Big Ten is the same team that had the toughest schedule a year ago, that's Michigan. And if you look at their non-conference, they play Army — who's Army? — well they were 11-2 and No. 19 in the country a year ago and they won their bowl game by spanking Houston's rear end sideways. Then they also play Notre Dame. In the east, they always play Penn State, Michigan State and Ohio State, their West crossover games, they go to Wisconsin and Iowa. Yeah, seems like a tough schedule to me.
No. 2 is Wisconsin. All right, now they have an easy non-conference schedule. They seem to always have an easy non-conference schedule. How do they get away with it? Anyway, in the West, they come to Lincoln in the East, they have Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State. Yeah, that seems kind of tough, kind of seems like we played a similar schedule a year ago.
Anyway, No. 3 is Michigan State. Their big non-conference game, it's Arizona State. In the East, they go to Michigan and to Ohio State, then they have Penn State at home. In the West, they go to Wisconsin and to Northwestern. Now those are the two teams who've won for the past five West Division championships. Ever since we went to the East and West divisions and got rid of the wonderful Leaders and Legends divisions.
Now the top three toughest schedules in the Big Ten are pretty tough. Nebraska ranked in at No. 4, so I wanted to check out I wanted to see what these fine folks had to say. Now the big non-conference game for the Huskers this year is Colorado, a rivalry game on the road. Colorado does have a new coach. Now out of the East, we get Ohio State at home, we also play Indiana and Maryland, and in the West, we get Wisconsin, Northwestern and Iowa, all at home. So those are the four top toughest schedules.
So I wanted to look at our biggest competition in the West. I think the Huskers have a chance to win the West Division championship. So the two teams I think, outside of Wisconsin, are in the running as well, at least early on, are Iowa and Northwestern. Iowa ranked in, according to this article, with the six-toughest schedule in the Big Ten Conference, all right, their biggest non-conference foe is Iowa State, a rivalry game. All right, out of the East, they play Michigan and Penn State and in the West, they go to Northwestern, Nebraska and Wisconsin. That schedule seems a little bit tougher than what we have to play this year. But I'll be honest with you, schedules Nos. 4- 11, in this article, you could flip the coin.
Then you look at Northwestern, their schedule came in as the eighth-toughest schedule, according to this article. The big non-conference foe was Stanford and their crossover games are Michigan State and Ohio State again, easily could have been ranked ahead of what we had.
Now let me be very, very clear. I've said it before on this show, in order to be the best team, you've got to beat the best teams. We're working towards that here in Lincoln. It's like Ric Flair said, "In order to be the man, woo, you've got to beat the man." Now, as far as this year's schedule being favorable, I do think it's much more favorable than what we had a year ago. I think the Huskers are going to have more success, are going to be a better team. I think the schedule is going to help them out. I think that win-loss record is going to tilt in a way that Husker fans like, in an upward trend, and I do think the Huskers will compete for the West Division championship and be in that conversation.
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