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Carriker Chronicles: Reaction to Athlon's way-too-early top 25, and why fans should be hyped for the Huskers in 2019

Carriker Chronicles: Reaction to Athlon's way-too-early top 25, and why fans should be hyped for the Huskers in 2019

All year round, former Husker and NFL veteran Adam Carriker is taking the pulse of Husker Nation. In the "Carriker Chronicles" video series, he breaks down the latest NU news, upcoming opponents, player updates and recruiting information, and he offers his insight into the X's and O's and more.

On Monday's episode, Adam Carriker talks about Nebraska being ranked No. 19 in Athlon's preseason poll and why Husker fans should be excited for 2019.

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Here's a transcript of today's show:

Welcome to the Carriker Chronicles, the people’s show, where we check the pulse of Husker Nation, brought to you by Nebraska Spine Hospital.

I wanted to talk and give my quick thoughts today on Athlon Sports doing their way too early top 25 college football predictions for next year. The rankings that is, and Nebraska being at 19.

Now, let’s keep this with a grain of salt here. We were 4-8 a year ago. That makes us in the past two years 8-16. Over our past 30 games, we’re 10-20. Notice a trend here.

But here’s the thing. People can see the program trending in the right direction. It doesn’t take an expert to see this.

We were 4-2 in our last six games last year, which was a pretty tough schedule, and even in those two games we lost, we lost by a combined eight points, including a last-second field goal in the last game of the year.

And I still maintain to this day that victory over Michigan State — Michigan State wanted a backyard brawl. They wanted a slugfest. They got it, and Nebraska beat them at it.

That was not Nebraska’s type of game, and they were able to figure out how to win it. That’s learning how to win. High scoring, putting up points, we know they can do that. They won with defense, special teams and being more disciplined than the team that that’s what they are and that’s how they do it.

So I still maintain that Michigan State win alone excites me about Nebraska football going forward as any win we’ve had for quite awhile.

Now, we weren’t just in the top 25 according to these Athlon rankings. We were 19th. That means they predict us only to lose about three games next year.

Now, I remember doing my way-too-early prediction as soon as last football season ended. And I went through, and I had Nebraska going 10-2. And I remember being surprised at that.

Now, there’s no doubt the Huskers are going to be better next year, and I am going to redo that prediction. You know, I’ll see how signing day goes in February, how spring ball develops, how the players develop, how they seem at practice a little bit. And I think an easier schedule is also going to help, but I am going to redo that prediction as well.

My quick take away, ladies and gentlemen, on this way too early preseason ranking of Nebraska 19th in the country next year is it’s starting.

Don’t get me wrong. We need to win some more games, and we can’t get impatient. But let’s stay the course because it’s starting.

All right, ladies and gentlemen, now last week I talked about why I believe having the college football playoff after the bowl games is better than an eight-team playoff. If you missed it, go back and check it out. This week. Tonight after the national championship game between Alabama and Clemson — go Clemson — I  will be putting out my gut reaction about 30 minutes after that, and then going forward, the rest of the offseason. The offseason schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8 a.m.

Go Big Red, and always remember to throw the bones.

Thanks again to the Nebraska Spine Hospital. Ladies and gentlemen, when it’s your spine, you do not want to mess around. Experience matters. That’s why you can trust the experts at Nebraska Spine Hospital, the region's only spine specific hospital. They are the best at what they do.

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Adam Carriker is a Husker Hall of Famer and NFL veteran. The former Blackshirt and Hastings native was NU's 2004 lifter of the year and in 2005 was NU's defensive MVP and a first-team All-Big 12 pick. He was a first-round pick in the 2007 NFL draft.

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