One game that saw a snow ball effect was a 3-point loss to Northwestern at Memorial stadium. In 2012 the Wildcats will be seeking a fifth straight bowl appearance, and still looking for their first bowl win in more than 60 years.
The Wildcats lost just 14 letter winners from a year ago, but they were crucial in the team's 4-year bow run.
This years squad will rely heavily of youngsters as coach Pat Fitzgerald compares the team to the 2009 squad that lost to Auburn in overtime in the Outback Bowl.
The Cats compiled a 6-7 record a year ago, including a loss to Texas A&M to end the season in the Car Care Bowl.
Pat Fitzgerald does return 16 starters including 9 on the offensive side of the ball. Nebraska had recruited Kain Colter. Now he's a Wildcat and is the key player to watch.
Nebraska will try to avenge a home loss to Northwestern. The two meet October 20 in Evanston, Ill.