The 2020 season is a pivotal one for Nebraska football. After two disappointing seasons at his alma mater, the pressure is on Huskers head coach Scott Frost to deliver an improved team.
Nebraska entered the 2019 season with increased expectations, but they failed to live up to them. Finishing 5-7 overall and 3-6 in the Big Ten, the Huskers missed a bowl game for a third-straight year. It was also the program’s fourth losing season in the last five.
With the Nebraska roster now filled with many of Frost’s recruits, the excuses are running low for the head coach. Despite his 9-15 record at Nebraska, Frost is maintaining a positive outlook for the future.
On his recruiting-themed Husker Football Show radio appearance over the weekend, Frost expressed optimism for this year’s team.
“We’re starting to build a team that’s our team,” Frost said, via Sam McKewon of Omaha.com. He can see the chemistry growing among players during weight room sessions.
“I’ve been in to watch them,” Frost said. “Maybe — maybe for the first time since I’ve been at Nebraska, the culture’s about there. Watching the guys work out — we still have a long way to go, we’ve got to get bigger, stronger, faster, better, we’ve still got to execute — but I love the attitude in there.”
By the numbers, Frost has certainly recruited well at Nebraska. His last two classes have both cracked the top 20 nationally and each ranked fourth in the Big Ten.
The key is translating that hope and promise into wins on the field. Nebraska opens its 2020 season with a conference game against Purdue, giving it a chance to make an early statement.
Overall, the Huskers’ first seven games are manageable on paper, but the final five are a gauntlet. Nebraska concludes its 2020 schedule with trips to Ohio State, Iowa and Wisconsin and home games against Penn State and Minnesota.