The Nebraska football program disappointingly missed out on a bowl game this year, as they fell to 5-7 with a 13-10 loss to Iowa in the regular season finale, but Matt Rhule outlined that the team was not far away when explaining his plan for this spring on The Husker Football Show.

“And then come back ready to go in the spring,” Matt Rhule said on The Husker Football Show, according to Brian Christopherson of 247 Sports. “As I said to them, that's five losses by really a field goal or overtime. So we don't need to do something drastic. What we do need to do though is have everyone just get a little bit better. We need to get about four points a game better — offense, defense and special teams — and I think when you take that approach, it feels within your control. That's what we're asking our guys to do.”

Rhule said he met with the returning members of the team on Monday, according to Christopherson. The students will finish up their semester classes, hopefully working out and healing in the coming weeks before winter break.

As the season ends, Rhule said he will be around for players this week, then go out and recruit to try to make the Nebraska football team better for next season and beyond.

The transfer portal opens on Dec. 4, while early signing day starts on Dec. 20.

Rhule said he will sit down with every play and talk about what he sees with them at the Nebraska football program.