All year round, former Husker and NFL veteran Adam Carriker is taking the pulse of Husker Nation. In the "Carriker Chronicles" video series, he breaks down the latest NU news, upcoming opponents, player updates and recruiting information, and he offers his insight into the X's and O's and more.

On Monday's episode, Adam Carriker discusses how Nebraska matches up with its Big Ten West foes and whether or not the Huskers have a realistic shot at winning their division.

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Here's a transcript of today's show:

Welcome to the Carriker Chronicles, the people's show, where we check the pulse of Husker Nation, brought to you by Nebraska Spine Hospital.

First thing I want to do today, I want to give a shout out to my wife, Angie Carriker.

Now she's had six kids, all right. A nine-year-old, eight-year-old, six-year-old, two four-year-old twins and a two-year-old. Yes, yes, ladies and gentlemen. We believe in spreading our children out not at all. So there's six kids, there's twins in there. Her body's been through a lot, and she recently recommitted to starting working out again.

I'm so proud of her and she's doing a great job so far. She's always wanted to run a marathon. She blew away a half marathon when we in college like it was nothing. It actually was just one of her workout days. Her friend hit her up and was like, "Hey, you want to run a half marathon today?" “Sure, I'll just go do that as part of my workout.” Cause that's normal.

Anyways, I'm proud of her, no excuses.

Now the question on the docket today is, will Nebraska win the Big Ten West this upcoming fall?

I've got my crystal ball out. I've spoken to all the psychics I know out there, and my prediction — well, let me hold off on giving my actual prediction. Make you watch the whole show. You're welcome.

You look at the schedule. We've discussed it. Not one of the tougher schedules they've had. Last year was murderers row. We've discussed that. This is probably one of the easier schedules they've had in at eight or nine years, after a difficult schedule — probably one of the most difficult they've had in eight or nine years.

You look at the Big Ten West foes. I don't see any team this year in the Big Ten West — there may not be a team that gets to ten wins. All right, nine win total may be the best you get in the Big Ten West this year. Eight, nine wins, and obviously it matters, your Big Ten Conference record.

You look at Wisconsin. They got a brutal schedule. Look at Iowa. Their schedule is still tougher. Both those teams have to come to Lincoln and play at Nebraska.

So we've already discussed the schedule in the past, in previous shows. If you missed it, go back and check that out.

You look at the team. You look at Nebraska. You look at the Huskers themselves. I think defensively they're going to be considerably better than they were a season ago.

Offensively — and I've mentioned this — I think they may have to play catch up just a little bit. They've got some holes they got to fill. We have no idea what's going on with Maurice Washington. You got to fill the center position. Wide receiver position is completely way up in the air. I've discussed all of this. Again, go back and check out the previous shows. A lot of young talent, nothing proven outside of JD Spielman. Even at the tight end position, I know Jack Stoll started last year, but you got Austin Allen, Kurt Rafdal, some tall guys coming up, unproven.

So the offense may be playing catch up just a smidge. I don't doubt that they're going to be successful as the year goes along.

Teams are going to be better, schedule isn't quite as difficult. Our top contenders in the West: Wisconsin and Iowa they come to Lincoln, I know we've got Northwestern who won last year as well.

I think Nebraska has a very good chance of winning the West.

If somebody said, “Adam, you have to predict, and everything is riding on you getting it right.” In my unbiased, objective, kind-of-sort-of opinion, I think the Huskers are going to get that nod. I do. I think they're going to win the Big Ten West this year.

And as much as things seemed to go against Nebraska at certain times last year — from the first game not even being played, and I know they chose to play Bethune-Cookman, but never having a bye-week — and all this different stuff that just didn't seem to go right. I got a different feeling about this year.

Now I'm not saying the Huskers are all of a sudden going to be a top-five team, a national title contender. You never know.

What I'm saying is, I think things line up differently this year for Nebraska. I think the dominoes are going to fall a little bit differently because they fell the wrong way, especially the first half of the season last year.

The team is going to be better. The schedule lines up better. The top contenders, the other teams in the West that are the top contenders, have more difficult things in front of them. Adrian Martinez is obviously back for his sophomore season. Some high expectations there.

My prediction, it may very well come down to Black Friday. It may very well come down to Iowa playing Nebraska in Lincoln. I don't know that it will be Iowa, if they win they go to the Big Ten Championship. Maybe Iowa wins, that allows Wisconsin to go or Northwestern because it knocks Nebraska out.

I think if Nebraska wins, they go in to the Big Ten Championship game. I think it's going to come down to Black Friday. I think this is going to be an exciting season. I think there's going to be close games, and the Huskers, we're starting to learn how to win those close games a season ago.

Let me know your prediction. Facebook, Twitter, omaha.com/Carriker. Will Nebraska win the Big Ten West this year?

Go Big Red, and always remember to throw the bones!​

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Adam Carriker is a Husker Hall of Famer and NFL veteran. The former Blackshirt and Hastings native was NU's 2004 lifter of the year and in 2005 was NU's defensive MVP and a first-team All-Big 12 pick. He was a first-round pick in the 2007 NFL draft.

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