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Public expectations not being placed on Huskers

Nebraska defensive players stretch prior to the first practice of the 2017 season, July 30, 2017 (KHGI)

LINCOLN --- Coming off a 6–7 finish in year one to 9–4 in year two under head coach Mike Riley, the progression of Nebraska certainly seems to be on an upward rise.

As far as finishing with a better record than 2016, well, Riley isn't ready to go there, at least not publicly.

"We don't put any ceiling on the success nor do we announce anything that is going to happen," Riley said at Monday's season-opening press conference. "We have to go prove it. We are excited about the opportunity with this team and we expect continual growth. It's an old–fashioned statement of one game at a time. That is the only way to do it. This team, there has been a lot of changes with this team."

Nebraska is playing Arkansas State, a member of the Sun Belt conference, to open 2017. It's a 7 p.m. start over on the Big Ten Network.

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