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Podcast: The future of Nebraska football under Scott Frost

Scott Frost is ready to take Nebraska back to the top, but how long will that actually take? Photo credit: Nebraska AthleticsScott Frost is ready to take Nebraska back to the top, but how long will that actually take? Photo credit: Nebraska Athletics

Things are about to get Frosty in Lincoln, Nebraska

Too often the term “home run hire” gets tossed around when a college football program seems to make the best possible hire it could to fill a vacancy at the head coach position. In this latest round of the coaching carousel, Nebraska was among the schools said to have made that home run hire when the Huskers replaced Mike Riley with Scott Frost, a former Husker quarterback who is coming off an undefeated season at UCF. Frost coming home seemed to make too much sense for far too long, that some may even be surprised it all worked out the way it did.

With so much anticipation for the future of Nebraska football under Frost, who has just a couple of seasons of head coaching experience under his belt, are the good times about to roll back to Lincoln as if the 1990s were repeating themselves, or should Nebraska fans be a tad more patient than their imaginations are allowing them to be at this point in time? Frost is certainly a coach that is on the upswing in the early stages of his head coaching career after turning UCF around from a team that went 0-12 the year prior to his hiring to celebrating an undefeated season with a victory over Auburn in the Peach Bowl and now celebrating a claimed national championship, but just how quickly Frost turns Nebraska around remains to be seen. That doesn’t mean it won’t happen. I suspect it will, and it may not take very long. But can Frost rebuild Nebraska to the point where it can legitimately go toe-to-toe with the top teams in the Big Ten like Ohio State and Penn State and Wisconsin, nevermind the idea of competing for a national championship just yet.

Joining me on the podcast in this episode is Brandon Cavanaugh, my go-to Nebraska resource. Cavanaugh, of Eight Laces, shares his perspective on the current state of Nebraska and where things could potentially be heading in a realistic timeline of what to expect under Frost in Lincoln. We also dig into some takeaways from the college football bowl season like the Big Ten’s impressive bowl record and whether or not that means anything. We also take a quick look at Monday night’s College Football Playoff national championship game between Alabama and Georgia in an all-SEC championship game and discuss whether or not having two SEC teams in the championship game is good or bad for the game. And, naturally, we touch on UCF claiming a national championship and a couple other quick topics of conversation, like New Year’s resolutions.

I hope you enjoy this episode of the podcast, the first of what I hope will be many in 2018. If you do enjoy the podcast, please consider subscribing, rating, and reviewing on the platforms listed below. Be sure to also follow Brandon on Twitter @eightlaces.

About the Author

Kevin McGuire
Contributor to College Football Talk on Also a contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Member of Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. Follow on Twitter @KevinOnCFB.