The Nebraska Cornhuskers are now 2-4 on the season after suffering yet another heartbreaking loss to Wisconsin, but they have a chance to get their season back on track against Minnesota this weekend. Here are three reasons why they'll do just that:
3) Tommy Armstrong's ability
Armstrong hasn't been the perfect QB, but he's been much better as a pocket passer this season. He's also shown incredible heart and guts through seven games, nearly pulling off a huge comebacks in almost all of their losses. Armstrong has shown this season that he's good enough leader and playmaker to guide the Cornhuskers to a Big Ten title - if the rest of the team can find some consistency, this team would be much, much better.
2) Minnesota's atrocious offense
Minnesota's offense is ranked 117th in the entire country, averaging just over 19 points per game, and their defense isn't good enough to make up the difference. Nebraska's defense has been solid all year, so they should be able to hold the Golden Gophers to 14 points or less, giving the Huskers plenty of chances to win this one.
1) The late-game struggles have to end at some point, right?
Nebraska is only a few plays away from being 7-0 this season. They lost on a Hail Mary to BYU, lost in OT to Miami, on a touchdown on the last play of scrimmage agaisnt Illinois and on a last-minute field goal to Wisconsin - all of which are games that Nebraska could have won easily. Had they done that, Nebraska winning the Big Ten West would be on the docket, but they haven't been able to make the plays down the stretch when they've needed to. That has to change at some point, and there's no time like the present.