Kirk Herbstreit predicts the Huskers to make the Big Ten Championship Game

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Longtime ESPN College Football analyst Kirk Herbstreit held his annual preseason prediction show on ESPN earlier this week and made a bold prediction regarding the Big Ten and who will win the West Division in 2022. Herbstreit believes the Nebraska Cornhuskers will make it out of the West this year. It’s a bold take for a team that was 3-9 last year, but as you’ll read below, Herbstreit believes the previous season is a big part of the reason why they’ll be making a postseason championship appearance.

Should Nebraska win the west, it would be the first time the Huskers had played in the postseason since the 2012 season when they made it to Indianapolis as a member of the Legends Division. Nebraska would lose that game to Wisconsin by 70-31. That was a period in which Nebraska made a conference championship game five out of seven seasons (2006-2012). However, the Huskers would go 0-5 during that stretch.

Kirk Herbstreit on the Big Ten

Big Ten West: Nebraska

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And then I think, look at this, I got Nebraska. Remember they were 3-9 last year, all nine losses within one possession. They found ways to lose games. I think Scott Frost can have a great year with Casey Thompson at quarterback.”

Big Ten East: Ohio State

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“My sense is that Ryan Day is a master motivator,” Herbstreit said Thursday on the ESPN Herbie Awards show. “Remember when they lost to Clemson at the end of the ’19 season and they felt they could have won and should have won, they were on a mission, even through COVID, to get Clemson. And they ended up playing them and dominating that game. I kind of sense the same thing with Michigan and the way they lost up in Ann Arbor. It really fueled this team in the offseason. So they get Michigan at home. I think Michigan’s gonna have a great year, but coming to Columbus I think will be tough. I think Ohio State will win the East. 

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