And in the third year, the Big Ten scheduling gods finally rested on Nebraska's football team. The hazing portion of NU's entry into the gilded league appears over. Now the Huskers settle in to a year without Ohio State and Wisconsin staring them in the face, and embrace the arrival of Purdue and Illinois, two programs with intermittent periods of success. The schedule — which will feature two byes and just one Top 25 foe (UCLA) in the first nine weeks — is tailor-made for Nebraska's young defense to grow at a suitable pace while the offense — against defenses that, aside from the Bruins, should be little match — can lube up for a stretch run against many of the Big Ten's best teams.
But first, there is preseason practice, dubbed fall camp for years despite taking place in the dog days of August. The Huskers will aim to shore up weaknesses, stay on schedule with their strengths and stay healthy at positions where it really counts. Here are five storylines to watch: