The Nebraska Cornhuskers will face Florida Atlantic in their season opener at home as they look to build on a Gator Bowl win over Georgia.
No. 22 Nebraska will face Florida Atlantic at home in their season opener. The Cornhuskers are coming off a 9-4 win that was capped off a bowl win over Georgia.
They will be moving on without quarterback Taylor Martinez, who will be replaced by Tommy Armstrong. However, they will have Ameer Abdullah returning at running back. Abdullah is expected to be a Heisman Trophy candidate after rushing for 1,568 yards and eight touchdowns.
The receiving corps will need to reload though, and the offensive line only has one returning starter. The defense appears primed to improve with seven starters returning, including their entire linebacker corps. Defensive end Randy Gregory, who is an All-American candidate, is returning as well after posting 10.5 sacks in 2013.
Florida Atlantic, who finished 6-6 last season, will return Jaquez Johnson at quarterback. Johnson is a dual threat who was a breakout player last season as he passed for 1,866 yards and 12 touchdowns and added 767 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground for the Owls.
Fans will not be able to see Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini face off against his brother, Carl, who was fired in an ugly divorce.