LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers approaches the sidelines in the second half against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)On the surface, Nebraska football had a bad year. The Cornhuskers finished with a 4-8 record and a loss to rival Iowa to finish out the season. But Nebraska fans will tell you they’re actually quite optimistic about the future. One reporter agrees.Brett McMurphy of Stadium thinks it’s a “lock” that Nebraska winds up ranked in the preseason top 25 heading into the 2019 campaign. It’s a bold take, but it isn’t crazy.Nebraska started the Scott Frost era with six straight losses – including heartbreakers to Colorado and Northwestern. But the Cornhuskers looked a lot better down the stretch, finishing 4-2 the rest of the way.Nebraska played Ohio State tough in early November. They also had a great comeback against Iowa that fell just short.Tough last-second loss for Nebraska at Iowa, but Cornhuskers made great strides second half of season & lock to be preseason Top 25 team next year— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 23, 2018Needless to say, year two of the Frost era should get off to a better start.Nebraska, despite the improvement down the stretch, missed out on a bowl game for the second straight season.Nebraska’s 2019 slate will start with South Alabama, Colorado and NIU. The Cornhuskers have huge games against Ohio State, Wisconsin and Iowa later in the year.