Nebraska started the 2021 season on the wrong foot, dropping its Week 0 matchup against Illinois. It was a disappointing performance for a Cornhuskers team that’s supposed to take that next step in their progression this fall.
During this Saturday’s edition of College GameDay, ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit shared his thoughts on Nebraska’s shortcomings.
Herbstreit mentioned how Nebraska head coach Scott Frost’s winning percentage in Lincoln is alarming when compared to those of his predecessors.
“I don’t think anybody knows or they’d fix it. Scott Frost knows the DNA of the program better than anybody. I went back and looked,” Herbstreit said, via Saturday Tradition. “Frank Solich in his six years had an average record of 10-3. Bill Callahan in four years was 7-5. Bo Pelini, his average in seven years was 9-4. Mike Riley his average was 6-6 and Scott Frost’s average is at 4-7.”
Even though Herbstreit isn’t sure how to solve the Cornhuskers’ problems, he wonders if Frost’s offensive scheme is responsible for some of their mistakes.
“To me, the offense that they’re trying to run, this system that they’re trying to run, worked at UCF. And I know it’s modern college football in 2021, but it’s not what Scott grew up in. It’s not the DNA. It’s not what Frank Solich ran,” Herbstreit continued. “And I know the game has changed and you can’t get under center and run option football. But what they’re doing right now and the mistakes they’re making, that’s the thing. It’s the style of football and the mistakes that they continue to make.”
Luckily for the Cornhuskers, they should be able to correct some of their issues this afternoon.
As of now, ESPN’s Football Power Index gives Nebraska a 99.2-percent chance of defeating Fordham. If all goes well, Frost won’t have to worry about fielding negative questions from the media this Saturday.
Kickoff for the Fordham-Nebraska game is at 12 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network.