Coaching is everything in college football, and thanks to their rich history, Nebraska was able to pull off the best hire of the summer of 2017. Scott Frost is coming home, and his job will be to save the fate of the declining Nebraska Cornhuskers. He is going to have his hands full with one of the weakest rosters in all of Division 1 football, but if he could turn UCF into an undefeated national contender, skies the limit down the road. But to be able to compete, he is going to have to recruit. The roster he will be coaching in 2018 won’t feature his recruiting class so keep expectations low. There is a hole at just about every level of the defense, while the offense will feature no big names. A three-win season would be an accomplishment for Frost, and the Big Ten will need to prepare for a national contender for the years to come.
A storied program that has been on a steep downhill slide may have just saved their future with the best hire of the summer. Former Cornhusker quarterback Scott Frost has decided to leave his undefeated UCF squad to rebuild his alma mater. A huge decision, especially with all the talent he had returning to his undefeated and self-proclaimed national champion UCF team, Frost couldn’t stand to watch the fall of his once all-mighty Nebraska Cornhuskers. However, year one is going to be about building tendencies and a foundation thanks to one of the weakest rosters in all of the Power Five conferences. To start, his quarterback decision is between a walk-on and a three-star freshman recruit. The defense isn’t any better as they will be returning a group that managed to be on the least efficient groups in all the country last year. The good news is that Frost’s recruiting prowess should set up Nebraska for an incredibly bright future, but the 2018 campaign will not be apart of that. On top of an already talent-depleted roster, the schedule will not be doing Frost any favors with matchups against Troy and Colorado out-of-conference. He will be likely to just get one of those games, and in these predictions, we give him the benefit of the doubt thanks to his long history against Colorado. Big Ten play could be really rough as well, and just one win would be an accomplishment. The best chance for that win will come in games against Purdue, Minnesota, and the transitioning Northwestern Wildcats.
Record: Wins 3, Losses 9
Week 1: Nebraska 35, Akron 14 (W)
Week 2: Nebraska 28, Colorado 20 (W)
Week 3: Nebraska 20, Troy 21 (L)
Week 4: Nebraska 17, Michigan 34 (L)
Week 5: Nebraska 35, Purdue 30 (W)
Week 6: Nebraska 14, Wisconsin 29 (L)
Week 7: Nebraska 17, Northwestern 21 (L)
Week 8: Nebraska 24, Minnesota 21 (W)
Week 9: Bye
Week 10: Nebraska 17, Ohio State 28 (L)
Week 11: Nebraska 30, Illinois 38 (L)
Week 12: Nebraska 16, Michigan State 33 (L)
Week 13: Nebraska 16, Iowa 20 (L)