Matt Rhule is now entering his second year with the Nebraska football program. There were a lot of growing pains when the Cornhuskers faced the Big Ten Conference as well as their cross-conference rivals. But, those are expected to eventually die down come fall. A big problem they had was their quarterback conundrum. The revolving door of signal callers in the lineup might finally stop turning with guys like Dylan Raiola and Heinrich Haarberg.

Before battles in the Big Ten start, there is an internal battle within the Nebraska football program. Matt Rhule has to decide whether he will go with Dylan Raiola to get him more experience in his freshman season. Heinrich Haarberg is also the other option if the Cornhuskers want a veteran quarterback. But, it looks like analysts along with the Nebraska football faithful have their money on someone in this race. Chris Hummer of 247 Sports outlines why the freshman should take over Matt Rhule's offense.

I would be surprised if he did not earn the starting job, to be honest. In this era of college football, if this were 1980 it would be a different conversation, you do not flip from Georgia to Nebraska to sit on the bench. Dylan Raiola is Nebraska's future. He's going to be Nebraska's present. I would be shocked if he did not start a large majority of games for Nebraska. I would be surprised if we was not the Day 1 starter.

The impact of the transfer portal and spurning commitments are huge in this era of college sports. Football has been one of, if not, the biggest sports to be impacted by this. Since there are a lot of roster spots available on other teams and NIL money, it makes jumping ship quite easy. Matt Rhule knows this and he might just do what Hummer said given how the Cornhuskers need a constant presence at the signal caller position.

Nebraska football's quarterback race

Jan 3, 2024; Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers football assistant coach Donovan Raiola (left), Dylan Raiola (center) and athletic director Trev Alberts sit courtside before the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Dylan is the top quarterback recruit in the 2024 class. Mandatory Credit: Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports
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There is still no definitive choice that the Nebraska football squad announced when it comes to the quarterback spot. But, Raiola may just have an edge due to his performance in the Cornhuskers' spring game.

He had a really nice spring game for Nebraska, that was our first public opportunity. I think he went 16-for-22 with 240 yards. He looked pretty polished. I think they are going to try to ease him into things and make things for him comfortable later in the year. But, Nebraska needs its future to start now. There's really no reason to hand him the keys right away. Like, he's not going to jumpstart Nebraska back into prominence in Year 1. But, the best way to get started is to get him started.

This battle is still going to go on for months, well into the summer. After all, Heinrich Haarberg did prove himself last season. The incoming junior played 10 games for Matt Rhule's Nebraska football program and earned them an average gain of 6.2 yards per successful attempt.

All of these are going to be factored in before they start their Big Ten campaign. Who do you have winning the position?