A big jump that some expected from Nebraska in Scott Frost’s second year with the team has never materialized.
The 2018 season is definitely a year many Cornhuskers fans would like to forget. In Frost’s first season as head coach in Lincoln, Nebraska started the season with a six-game losing streak. Included in that streak is an ugly home loss to Troy.
In the end, Nebraska finished the year with a 4-8 record. A big reason for those struggles was a defense that allowed 31.2 points per game.
Fast forward to today and the Cornhuskers are 4-6 with two games left in the season. It is also significant that the defense is nearly as bad as 2018, allowing 29.9 points per game through 10 games this season.
Unfortunately, the offense has been quite good since the start of 2018. According to stats shared by Josh Planos, Nebraska has gained 350+ yards in a game 16 times in the 22 games under Frost. Unfortunately, Nebraska has lost 11 of those games.
The Cornhuskers have the most losses of any Power 5 team when gaining 350+ yards over the past two seasons and are the only B1G team below .500 in such games:
Record over last two seasons w/ > 350 yards:
Power 5: 726-296 (.710)
Big Ten: 143-63 (.694)
Nebraska: 5-11 (.313), most Ls over that stretch by any P5 team, second worst win % by any P5 team, only B10 team with a losing record
— Josh Planos (@JPlanos) November 17, 2019
It’s nice to see the offense is effective, but that is just a part of the game. Nebraska likely will not be able to take the next step forward until the defense begins getting some stops.