Nebraska winning four of its final six games in 2018 is driving national hype.

The Huskers are ranked in at least five national "way-too-early" Top 25 rankings. They're also in Sam McKewon's 2019 projections.

Here's what national analysts think of Nebraska:

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Athlon

Nebraska's ranking: No. 19

Nebraska's Big Ten rank: No. 6

What they said: "Nebraska was trending up over the second half of 2018 and should take another step forward in ’19. Dynamic freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez helped coach Scott Frost’s offense average 30 points a game this fall, and this unit should be even better with another offseason to work under this staff. Maurice Washington is primed for a breakout year as Devine Ozigbo’s replacement at running back, while JD Spielman becomes the go-to receiver with Stanley Morgan Jr. out of eligibility. Frost has a few holes to fill up front with center Tanner Farmer and guard Jerald Foster departing Lincoln. Despite a few key losses on offense, this unit will be one of the most explosive groups in the Big Ten next fall. The Cornhuskers surrendered 6.34 yards a play in 2017 but cut that total to 5.8 in ’18. Contending for a Big Ten West title will require more improvement out of this group. The Cornhuskers aren’t losing a ton of seniors off the defense, but each level loses at least one starter. Oklahoma State graduate transfer Darrion Daniels will provide a lift on the interior of the line, while the cornerback spot should be set thanks to the return of Lamar Jackson and Dicaprio Bootle. Restocking the safety position with Aaron Williams, Antonio Reed and Tre Neal departing is crucial, and Frost will have to find two new linebackers with Luke Gifford and Dedrick Young out of eligibility. Nebraska might have the most favorable path to a Big Ten West Division title. The Cornhuskers host Wisconsin, Iowa, Northwestern and Ohio State next fall. Additionally, they won’t have to play Michigan, Penn State or Michigan State in crossover action." Read more

CBS Sports

Nebraska's ranking: No. 18

Nebraska's Big Ten rank: No. 5

What they said: "This is the only 4-8 team you'll find on this list. The worst start in Husker history (0-6) ended with signs of life. Nebraska finished 4-2, and there seems to be visible signs of progress under Scott Frost. Quarterback Adrian Martinez has shown flashes." Read more

ESPN

Nebraska's ranking: No. 24

Nebraska's Big Ten rank: No. 6

What they said: "It was a painful yet rewarding first season for Scott Frost as coach of his alma mater. The Cornhuskers lost their first six games, but they won four of their last six and nearly beat Northwestern, Ohio State and Iowa on the road. Freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez gives the Cornhuskers plenty of hope for the future. He passed for 2,617 yards with 17 touchdowns while running for 629 with eight scores. He'll miss leading receiver Stanley Morgan and leading rusher Devine Ozigbo. Defensively, Nebraska will lose four of its top five tacklers, including two linebackers and two safeties. Next season, Nebraska plays Ohio State, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Iowa at home and doesn't play Michigan, Michigan State or Penn State in the regular season." Read more

USA Today

Nebraska's ranking: No. 21

Nebraska's Big Ten rank: No. 5

What they said: "It's only a matter of time for Nebraska. Behind Scott Frost and quarterback Adrian Martinez, look for the offense to explode. What the Cornhuskers need is to get bigger and stronger overall and develop far more consistency defensively. If so, this is a team that will at least double this year's wins." Read more

Washington Post

Nebraska's ranking: No. 27

Nebraska's Big Ten rank: No. 7

What they said: "That Scott Frost led Central Florida to a perfect season in his second year in Orlando isn’t reason enough to think the Cornhuskers are in for a huge leap in 2019. That Nebraska won four of its final six and was plenty competitive in the two losses, though, is a good sign. So is the schedule (crossover games against Indiana and Maryland) and the lack of a heavyweight in the Big Ten West. Expect progress on both sides of the ball, with a good chance the Huskers double their win total." Read more

NCAA

Nebraska's ranking: No. 25

Nebraska's Big Ten rank: No. 7

What they said: "Why not have some fun in an early poll? Sure, the Huskers went only 4-8 last season. But a lot of those losses were close and Nebraska showed marked improvement late in the season. Successful coaches often make huge strides in their second seasons (Urban Meyer went undefeated at Utah in 2004 and then won a title in 2006 at Florida, for starters), so Scott Frost could be the next." Read more

Others

» Sports Illustrated had Nebraska "next in line" for its ranking.

» 247Sports had Nebraska under its "just missed" category.

» Nebraska is unranked by Yahoo and Sporting News.

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