No. 17 Huskers expect test against Southern Miss

No. 17 Nebraska opens against Southern Mississippi on Saturday

hoping the fifth season under Bo Pelini marks the start of the

Cornhuskers’ return to its traditional place in the hierarchy of

college football.

It’s been 15 years since the Huskers won a national championship

and 13 since they won a conference title. There’s been a confident

buzz coming out of preseason practice after last season’s

third-place finish in the Big Ten Legends Division and 9-4

record.

Linebacker Will Compton says the Huskers are close to elite

status.

Nebraska expects to be tested by Southern Miss. The Golden

Eagles were 12-2 a year ago and Conference USA champions. They

finished ranked No. 20, four spots ahead of Nebraska.