Nebraska won its 43rd and final Big 12 championship (including titles in the MVIAA/Big Eight) this season by winning the Big 12 Championship Game over Texas. Nebraska failed to win a single conference title in its final 11 years in the Big 12 before moving to the Big Ten Conference in 2011. As of 2017, the 1999 Big 12 championship is Nebraska's most recent conference title victory.
Nebraska's longtime Defensive Coordinator Charlie McBride retired after another season of success, helping Nebraska win the Big 12 Championship, with a final record of 12–1 (7–1). McBride's retirement followed 22 years of storied service to the Cornhuskers.
The season was concluded by #3 Nebraska defeating #6 Tennessee 31–21 at the Fiesta Bowl.
Second-year Head Coach Frank Solich's career record improved to 21–5 (12–4).