At the start of each week, Land of 10 will break down the postseason implications, and projections, to come out of the Nebraska Cornhuskers’ latest contest …
What happened: The Cornhuskers (1-0) topped Arkansas State, 43-36. The Huskers rallied from a wild first quarter to take control, then were forced to hang for dear life as the Red Wolves recovered an onside kick with 47 seconds left and drove to the Big Red’s 11-yard-line. Tanner Lee (238 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns) and I-back Tre Bryant (192 rushing yards) lived up to the preseason hype. New coordinator Bobby Diaco’s defense didn’t.
What it means: An ugly win is still a win, and the small packs of doubters who fear the worst from coach Mike Riley might’ve swelled a bit over the last 18 hours. The Red Wolves are good, but they shouldn’t be good enough to come within a whisker of scoring 40 in Lincoln. For Diaco’s defense, there’s nowhere to go but up. Unfortunately, the challenge — and opposition, in Oregon — ramps up considerably in Week 2. If there are any tricks up the sleeve or any nitrous left in the tank, Saturday would be a heck of a time to use it.
Projected record: Massey Ratings — 7-5; TeamRankings.com — 5-7
Projected postseason destination: Taxslayer Bowl, Dec. 30 in Jacksonville, Fla., versus an SEC opponent.
Cheapest seat at TicketCity.com as of Sunday: $110
Up next: at Oregon on Saturday. The Ducks rolled Southern Utah in their season opener, 77-21. In other words, buckle up.