From a 4-8 season to a division winner. That’s the expectation most are placing on Scott Frost and Nebraska as the program enters its second year of the new regime.
Some of that hype stems from Frost’s jump at UCF from Year 1 to Year 2, taking a six-win team to an undefeated season. The return of Adrian Martinez has garnered quite a bit of attention from the media, as well. And, finally, the incoming talent, especially offensively, is hard to ignore.
That’s the recipe that many believe will help Frost and the Huskers cook up a B1G West title this year — potentially even a B1G crown. Right now, though, that’s not where the focus is for the program. Instead, Nebraska is just taking things day by day.
“We’re not ready to take on those expectations, we’re just working hard here in Lincoln to get better,” Frost said during an appearance on ESPN’s Get Up!. “I really do feel like we’re better at almost every position on our football team this year and we’re in a really good league and I think we’re better equipped to take on those challenges this year.”
Nebraska suffered through its worst start in program history last season, opening with an 0-6 mark. But once things started clicking, the Huskers were able to churn out wins in four of their final six contests, which included an upset over Michigan State.
That strong finish is another reason why some consider Nebraska a preseason top 25 team and a contender for the B1G title.
While players enjoy those expectations, it can be a little much for such a young group of players, one that hasn’t dealt with such incredible national hype before. Frost says his players handle it well.
“We’re focused on today. To some degree, I think our team hasn’t had the success they expect the last couple years and I think it’s good for them to have expectations for themselves and maybe accept some of the outside expectations,” Frost said. “That’s the way Nebraska is supposed to be and the way it was when I was here and we tried to live up to expectations. Our team just needs to focus on today and make sure we’re ready for practice and preparing for Game 1. Keep improving and the rest is going to take care of itself.”
Nebraska will open the season on Saturday, Aug. 31 against South Alabama. The Huskers are already nearly a five-touchdown favorite in the opener.