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ESPN: Scott Frost Has Hardest Road Schedule Of Any New Coach

A young Scott Frost in Nebraska uniform.

7 Sep 1996: Quarterback Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers looks on during a game against the Michigan State Spartans at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska won the game 55-14. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn /Allsport

Scott Frost has been widely lauded as one of, if not the best hire of the last college football coaching carousel. As a Nebraska alumnus, with his wild success at UCF, it was a very natural fit.

Frost did quick work with the Knights, who were 0-12 the year before he took over, and went to a bowl in his first season in Orlando.

Nebraska is obviously not coming from as bad a place as UCF was. The Huskers are just a few years removed from a bowl, and Mike Riley did have some recruiting success.

However, Frost will be dealing with a much harder schedule at Nebraska, especially in his first season. The road slate is especially tough for the Huskers this season.

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg says that Scott Frost has the toughest road schedule of any first year coach.

Rittenberg gave out "superlatives" for the various schedules of the upcoming college football season. Nebraska has its work cut out for it on the road.

"Frost could become governor of his home state before even coaching a game for his alma mater. Nebraska's home slate is fairly manageable for its new leading man. The road schedule, meanwhile, is merciless. Nebraska must visit defending Big Ten champ Ohio State, defending division champ Wisconsin, a talent-stocked Michigan team, a Northwestern team that won 10 games last year and an Iowa team that has beaten the Huskers by a combined score of 96-24 in the teams' last two meetings. Frost likely won't get much sympathy from first-year Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith, whose team visits Ohio State, Washington and Stanford, among others."

The full Nebraska 2018 schedule. The road trips are in bold:

Sept. 1: vs. Akron
Sept. 8: vs. Colorado
Sept. 15: vs. Troy
Sept. 22: at Michigan
Sept. 29: vs. Purdue
Oct. 6: at Wisconsin
Oct. 13: at Northwestern
Oct. 20: vs. Minnesota
Nov. 3: at Ohio State
Nov. 10: vs. Illinois
Nov. 17: vs. Michigan State
Nov. 23: at Iowa

There are definitely some potential wins at home there, but even a game against Troy isn't a slam dunk. Purdue and Minnesota should continue to improve, and obviously Michigan State is a really tough team.

A bowl game for Scott Frost would be a major accomplishment in year one, with that slate.

[ESPN]