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 Friday's episode, Adam Carriker discusses why the Huskers belong in Athlon's top 20 college football teams on the rise.

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Here's a transcript of today's show:

Welcome to another Fast Friday edition of the Carriker Chronicles where each and every Friday we keep it quick and easy, brought to you by Nebraska Spine Hospital.

Athlon Sports just put out their top 20 teams on the rise in the entire country, and the Nebraska Cornhuskers made the list. I try to be as objective as I can be, I mean they were my team growing up, they're the team I played for, they're the team I'm going to root for until I die, but I try to be as objective as I possibly can. You know me, I try to keep it honest and real all the time, but I agree with them. I agree with them, and I didn't read their article, I just read the headline because I didn't want what they wrote to influence what I said. Maybe we'll be different, maybe we'll be the same.

For me, the reason I agree with them is because we're getting back to doing things the way we did things for 40 years. For 40-plus years, no team in the country had more wins. For 40-plus years, no team in the country went to more bowl games. No team in the entire country had more nine-win seasons, not to mention some national championships in there, Heisman Trophy winners, so on and so forth. We had a Nebraska Way that we did things: the walk-on program, Husker Power, working harder, working longer, a smashmouth, physical mentality, and I'm not saying that guys got soft or anything like that, but the mentality, the culture just hasn't been the same.

Also, you look schematically, trying to go West Coast, things of that nature. There are reasons that work, that offenses work in certain parts of the country and not in other parts of the country. Scott Frost, he's not running the old Nebraska offense. He's running Oregon/UCF/old Nebraska power. It's a modern-day version. When I interview Tom Osborne, he said, as time goes teams aren't running the triple-option, wishbone any more, I mean, they are, but those teams aren't playing for national titles, no disrespect. But he, if he was still coaching, would run a spread-option version, a la what Scott Frost is doing. We've gotten back to being Nebraska, doing things the Nebraska Way. You look, Scott Frost year one at UCF, they went 6-6. I don't expect us to go undefeated this year, but you can see the improvement. We had five losses last year that all were within a touchdown or less. You could see the improvement, you could see us getting better, getting back to doing things the Nebraska Way, a modern-day version of it, a man who understands modern-day football and the Nebraska Way.

Until next time, Husker Nation, go Big Red, tune in for my Super Bowl gut reaction, 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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