bronxblue

December 4th, 2017 at 6:22 PM ^

It's a good team, but the past couple of years they've been exposed somewhat by teams that have good speed and can stress them in the secondary/in space.  I feel like UCF did a really good job this year pushing the pace, and I wouldn't be surprised to see the same thing at Nebraska.

Wisconsin isn't going to fall to 6-6 or anything, but they clearly look like the 3rd/4th best team in this conference every year, and Nebraska is poised to give them a run for their money.

UMgradMSUdad

December 5th, 2017 at 12:09 AM ^

Yes, their 2015 season was a total disaster.  But UCF went 10-4, 12-1, and 9-4 in 2012-2014, so it's not like he was taking over a Kansas or Rutgers. This is not to say he's not a good coach, but George O'Leary had some excellent recruits and had that team playing at a very high level for several years before that winless 2015 season.

Wolfman

December 4th, 2017 at 10:05 PM ^

to Lincoln to get them competitive with WI and IA. And let's face it, we saw what the young man could do when he was 22 years old. No doubt in my mind he'll be persuasive in pulling in the talent that will get them to a level they'll be winning one out of every two, three BIG West titles and finishing high with 9 to 10 wins in the other years. It would take something i'm not thinking of to get them back to the Osborne years. Such are the changes that have taken place in the last two decades and let's face it he's got a full building job on his hands. 

I'm hoping that if it's all the product of hard work and above board methods, he gives WI an obstacle to Indy at minimum. 

funkywolve

December 4th, 2017 at 11:13 PM ^

Heck Pelini was winning 9 and 10 games every year.  In the 4 years Nebraska was in the Big Ten with Peilini they won one division title, finished second twice and 3rd once.  The West isn't that strong.  With decent recruiting and the right coach Nebraska should be challenging for the West on a regular basis.  Like you though, with the changes in college football over the years, I think it's a bit unreasonable to expect anyone to get them back to the level they were at in the early and mid 90s.

taistreetsmyhero

December 4th, 2017 at 5:29 PM ^

that Harbaugh had coming into Michigan. But he also has a vastly easier road to division titles. Will be interesting to watch how Nebraska fares in the coming seasons. A resurgence on their part would help bring some balance back to the B1G divisions.

ppudge

December 4th, 2017 at 5:49 PM ^

I think Frost is an excellent coach. Turned UCF from winless to undefeated in 2 years. Led Oregon's offense when it was actually good.

However I guess the jury is out on his defensive coaching and he will have a more difficult time getting athletes to Nebraska than he did at UCF due to location. Nebraska is a name brand though, so I expect him to succeed and that would be good overall for the conference.

funkywolve

December 4th, 2017 at 6:04 PM ^

People talk a lot about the winless to undefeated in two season but no one really looks at UCF before the winless season.  O'Leary had established them as one of the better non-power 5 prgrams in the country.  From 2007-2014 they won 5 division titles, 4 conference titles, won 10 or more games 4 times and made a BCS bowl game.  

There was a bunch turmoil in the program in 2015 and they kind of imploded that year but Frost didn't take over a down trodden program.  

LSAClassOf2000

December 4th, 2017 at 5:57 PM ^

It will be a while before Nebraska sniffs the top of the Big Ten West, I imagine, but all the same, this was always thought to be their "Harbaugh hire" and good for them that it worked out. 

I never understood the Mike Riley hire, nor why Riley took that job - as blah as Oregon State is, at least you have incredibly relaxed expectations in Corvallis, to the point where the very existence of football there is questioned. In its own way, it's ideal if you're interested in just sort of living and not making a big fuss. 

UMgradMSUdad

December 5th, 2017 at 12:30 AM ^

Yeah, why in the world anybody at Nebraska thought hiring Riley was a good idea I have no idea. As to why Riley took the job, that I do understand. At Oregon State, it was obvious he would never come close to contending for a division title, let alone a conference one. Yes, he could have closed out his career in comfortable mediocrity at OSU.  But the Nebraska job gave him the hope and the opportunity to finish his career on a high note.  Nebraska has better facilities, a recognized name, and a large and supportive fanbase. Let's be honest, he wasn't going to ever get another job offer like Nebraska.  I'm not really surprised it didn't work out, but I don't fault him for trying.

I dumped the Dope

December 5th, 2017 at 8:53 AM ^

I think Pelini despite his good W-L record, didn't represent the university well with his Goon sideline presence.  He was colorful and they probably should have stuck with him and tried Goon Therapy or something like that.

Ultimately Eichorst may have been hired and instructed by his bosses to "deal with Pelini", which, he fired, being unable to Coach The Goon out of him.

Then, Eichorst made an obtuse hire in Riley who probably had zero personal drama but importantly, never won any significant number of games in his past history.  It was probably a no -brainer for Riley, his financial success was assured the moment he signed, and with his age, it was just like a big retirement bump.

Frost has got his work cut out for him, but I think the fans are reasonable enough to realize they need patience, when the Team gets the "dream coach", its going to take time to rebuild the recruiting and to do the best he can with the athletes (or lack thereof) that he's inherited.

See also, in the modern era, if your school fancies itself "good at football" the AD is inextricably tied to the success or failure of the head football coach...my thought is in that job you need to prioritize that the football team's road is paved for success.

oaklen

December 4th, 2017 at 6:10 PM ^

Lot's of husker friends talking trash already ahead of our matchup next year. I think we'll blow them out as it will take time for Frost to get his guys ready to match up

evenyoubrutus

December 4th, 2017 at 6:16 PM ^

I have this friend from high school who moved to Nebraska when he was like 17. He's a professor now at UN. But he's still a huge Michigan fan. He was posting some smack about Nebraska the other day. It turns out his Nebraska friends are total assholes. I got into a heated argument with them about 1997. Now all I want to say is fuck Nebraska.

B1G Winning

December 4th, 2017 at 6:58 PM ^

Nebraska won't be competitive until 2021.

He won't just come in and start winning like Nebraska fans are illuding to. Their team, and roster, are hot garbage. If he brought his defensive staff from UCF, they'll give up 40 points a game next year.

markusr2007

December 4th, 2017 at 7:47 PM ^

Hope he does well.  The BIG10 needs Nebraska back from the dead.

They are giving Frost plenty of rope - 7 years to turn the program around and to start winning championships.

Offensively Nebraska should do well.

The biggest problem with Nebraska, however, ever since Solich left has been defense, especial run and scoring defense.

Pelini improved this somewhat, but it's never been Charlie McBride-caliber.

 

uminks

December 5th, 2017 at 2:03 AM ^

say frost will be hitting JUCO transfer hard to improve faster. I suppose NE could have a winning record next season but it will probably take Frost 4 to 5 years before he is a real contender in the west.

realfootballfan

December 5th, 2017 at 3:27 AM ^

I'd say 4-5 years before they're a contender NATIONALLY(meaning one of the higher end, non-CFP bowls). He instantly made UCF competitive. It's not hard to imagine him doing the same in a division where the only consistent threat is Wisconsin.