LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 04: Athletic Director Bill Moos of the Nebraska Cornhuskers watches action against the Northwestern Wildcats at Memorial Stadium on November 4, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)

New AD promises his school will be 'in the conversation with Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, Alabama' soon

Will he turn out to be right?

Nebraska is a sleeping powerhouse in college football, but new Athletic Director Bill Moos seems to think the Cornhuskers are going to end up waking up sooner rather than later.

Sitting down with former Cornhusker and NFL defensive lineman Adam Carriker, now a media pundit, Moos gave his impression on his new school. He was rather forthright about the fact that current head coach Mike Riley may or may not be coming back next season. He also mentioned a top target in Scott Frost, but perhaps most notably, Moos mentioned Nebraska in the same sentence as some of the top programs in college football.

He mentioned Michigan and Ohio State, sure, and in the Big Ten, there's no reason the Cornhuskers shouldn't be competitors. In five years, though, Moos can see the Huskers making national noise

Here's what he said when asked what Husker fans can expect to see in five years from Nebraska football, in particular:

"In five years? Back to being mentioned in the same breath as Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State in this conference as well as the likes of Alabama, USC oh, and Miami. By that time you're probably going to see Texas and Tennessee getting back up there. Maybe Florida. I made that comment that I look back in an old scrapbook from 1972 and the AP Top 20 teams, which was all they did back then, was the exact same as it is now only Nebraska is not in there. We need to get back where Nebraska belongs."

Moos mentioned in the interview that Nebraska has tremendous athletic facilities, and that statement is certainly true. The Cornhuskers also have one of the best and most loyal fanbases in college football, so if they can start getting things rolling again in a Top 25 or Top 10 direction, there's no reason things can't quickly take off in Lincoln.

First things first for Moos, he needs to figure out the head coach situation, but if he can get that right this time around — keep an eye out for the Cornhuskers.