Nebraska football is coming off of a 4-8 season, and has a very challenging schedule this fall. Still, Scott Frost isn't going to chalk his first year up as a rebuild.
The Huskers have a manageable non-conference schedule, opening with Akron at home on Saturday. Neither Colorado nor Troy is a walkover, but both are winnable.
The Big Ten slate isn't doing Frost any favors in year one, though. Nebraska faces four of the league's five best teams, with Michigan, Ohio State, and Wisconsin all on the road. The team hosts Michigan State.
The rest of the Big Ten West slate features solid Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, and Purdue teams. Illinois is the only 'W' fans can probably pencil in, in conference play.
Scott Frost isn't afraid to set expectations high for Nebraska football from the jump, though.
He spoke to Bleacher Report's Adam Kramer about the year that lies ahead. In it, he was fine setting the bar high.
"I want people to have high hopes," Frost says. "We have to have high hopes. And it's more than a hope here—it's an expectation. Not externally, but internally."
He is also not going to rest on his laurel, and take whatever happens this year lightly because it is his first year back at his alma mater. As many say throughout the piece, the Huskers clearly intend to compete.
How long the rebuild will take will be determined. At Central Florida, it took two years. At Nebraska, playing against Big Ten opponents, it might take longer. Or maybe not. Either way, Frost refuses to let the program's struggles influence his own expectations, which are beyond that of even the most optimistic fans.
"We wanna win," Frost says. "Whether or not that's a reality in year one, we'll see. Hopefully, it's more of a reality every year that we go on from there, but this isn't year zero to me. It can't be."
Nebraska's over/under for wins is set at seven, per the latest odds at My Bookie. That may be pretty difficult, given the slate. Frost is no stranger to quick turnarounds though. He took over a winless UCF team, took them to a bowl in his first year, and went undefeated in year two.