Nebraska football entered the season with more hype than you’d normally ever see for a program coming off of a 4-8 season. That first year under Scott Frost featured four wins in the last six, and a pair of encouraging, close losses to Big Ten stalwarts Ohio State and Iowa.
Projections for the Huskers to jump right up to win the Big Ten West were maybe a tad aggressive, but you could see how people got there. Frost, of course, elevated UCF to an undefeated season in his second year in Orlando.
The Huskers may be fine by mid-season. They haven’t stormed out of the gates though, and will probably lose their controversial ranking, with a loss in Colorado today.
With a stadium that seemed as pro-Husker as Buffs in large sections, Nebraska jumped out to a 17-0 lead, and seemed poised to cruise to a big road win.
Instead, Colorado stormed back, sending the game to overtime, where it won 34-31, giving new head coach Mel Tucker a big early signature win.
For maybe the first time, Frost is catching some real heat at Nebraska. Many fans have laid the blown game at his feet, which is probably appropriate given how things went.
After the game, Scott Frost directly apologized to Nebraska fans, and issued a promise: “this is going to get better.”
Quick story out of Nebraska interviews: Scott Frost apologized to the fans. “I promise you guys this is going to get better.” And the Nebraska players are pissed, as you’d expect, I suppose. pic.twitter.com/tlZo1mhJi8
— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) September 7, 2019
There’s plenty of time to right the ship, and in all likelihood, Nebraska will be better than it was last year record-wise. I would imagine many who have tabbed the Huskers as Big Ten West champs may want that back, especially with Wisconsin looking very dangerous and Iowa solid as ever.
It isn’t just this result either. Nebraska’s Week 1 35-21 win over lowly South Alabama left a lot to be desired as well. That Jaguars team is currently in a battle with FCS Jackson State, and is coming off of a 3-9 season.