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Saturday, August 10, 2019

College Football Preseason 2019 Top 25 Rankings by Wayne Staats at NCAA.com Put Nebraska at #20

At NCAA.com Wayne Staats has just published his college football 2019 preseason Top 25 rankings.

See College football rankings: Preseason Top 25 for 2019 | NCAA.com

We find it interesting that Staats puts the Nebraska Cornhuskers at #20 in his preseason rankings.

Going into the 2019 season, there is a significant amount of expectation in football land that Husker head coach Scott Frost, his coaching staff, and his players can greatly improve on last year's disappointing 4-8 record. Staats thinks that the Huskers should at least double their win total this season.

We are adopting a wait and see attitude. Frost and his coaching staff had such amazing success at UCF that there is little doubt about their capabilities.

But now only in their 2nd year, do they have the horses to get the job done?

Our analysis of last season's net average yards per play stats on offense and defense indicates that the Huskers had a net improvement equivalent to about one touchdown on the field. To become a championship contender, they need to improve two more TDs per game, as judged by net yards per play analysis, offense and defense. That said, it may as yet be too early to hope for too much.

At UCF, Frost and staff were in Florida, with its vast recruiting potential, where they could quickly find more of the kind of players they needed for their system.  Getting the right players to come to Lincoln, Nebraska is more difficult, so that patience is probably required ... as roster depth surely remains an issue.