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ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit Has A Message For Those Panicking About Nebraska

Nebraska football coach Scott Frost ahead of his team's game against Troy.

LINCOLN, NE - SEPTEMBER 15: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers watches the team warm up before the game against the Troy Trojans at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)

Nebraska is off to an 0-2 start under new head coach Scott Frost, and some of the hype for his tenure has been deflated. Kirk Herbstreit thinks that is a bit unfair.

Nebraska's season opener against Akron wound up being rained out. Of course, the Zips recently knocked off Northwestern, so there's no guarantee that it would've been a cake walk.

In Week 2, Nebraska fell in the game's final minutes to former rival Colorado, after dynamic freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez went down with an injury.

Last week, without Martinez, the team lost again, this time to Sun Belt power Troy. On paper, its a bad loss, but Troy is a top 10 Group of Five team, with a win at LSU last year. In 2016, the Trojans lost 30-24 at eventual national champion Clemson. Neal Brown's team can really play.

Given the context of the 0-2 start, Kirk Herbstreit says that Nebraska football fans need to back away from the ledge over Scott Frost's rough start.

He was asked about the struggling first year head coaches, like Frost, Willie Taggart, and Chip Kelly on his "Herbstreit and Fitzsimmons" ESPN podcast yesterday.

Herbstreit took to Frost's defense in response. Via 247Sports:

“I’m going to cherry pick Nebraska out of the rest of the teams you mentioned because they’ve actually played and competed and just ended up losing games at the end. I know the Troy game was a game they should have won. But if you watched them play, you didn’t walk away shaking your head thinking, ‘what in the world are they doing.’ I didn’t feel that way. They had a backup quarterback because the freshman (Adrian) Martinez is out. Now they’ve got Michigan. I feel like that’s a ship that’s heading in a very positive direction. They might not be getting the results, but it just feels different than what we’ve seen there in recent years."

The start has to be frustrating for Nebraska fans, who saw UCF go undefeated just a year ago. Still, Herbstreit makes some very salient points.

Nebraska hasn't looked terrible on the field at all. With an easier slate, and some weather and injury luck, the Huskers could have certainly started 3-0, without any real difference in level of play. No one should be jumping off the bandwagon quite yet.