It will take time for Nebraska Football to get where they need to be.
I understand why people are upset when it comes to the way Nebraska Football played on Saturday. It was not a pretty way to lose to Ohio State. Nevertheless, there is no doubt that the program is moving forward, and I am as well.
However, in reading some of head coach Scott Frost’s quotes from Monday’s press conference, one particular quote stood out to me. Essentially, he was saying that this rebuild is still very much in progress. I think that is something that I need to keep in perspective. I want Nebraska to win nine or 10 games. The reality of the situation is that may not happen. Instead, I would be happy with six to this point.
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Nebraska is slightly ahead of schedule from where they were a year ago. That is certainly a good thing. Even still, I would like to see a little bit more out of Adrian Martinez and the offensive line just to name a couple things. However, there is no doubt that this program is headed in the right direction, it will just need to take a little bit of time.
Frost said as much in the press conference on Monday, and I have to agree with him. Heading into this game against Northwestern, Nebraska Football will have a clean slate to work with. That is certainly very important, as this next half of the schedule is not going to get any easier.
From here on out, Nebraska will have to play some of their best football. Right now, the goal should be to get to a bowl game. Even still, I want to see maximum effort from the program. There is no doubt that when everyone is on top of their game, they can go toe-to-toe with some of the best in the conference. I just have yet to see that type of effort from them. Even still, I have to keep things in perspective as Frost did on Monday.
“I don’t have a schedule,” Frost said. “My schedule is to get better, and we are. We’re a lot better than we were week one, and we’re a lot better than we were last year. We’re going to have to play well to win Saturday. Northwestern is a good team. We’re going to have to play well the next week. So, we have to keep improving and our kids have to understand that that’s the goal every day.”
As Michael Bruntz of 247Sports noted, the question was whether Nebraska was scheduled for a turnaround. I think Frost gave a pretty good answer there. It is applicable to not only this upcoming game, or the rest of the season, but also to his tenure in Lincoln. He wants to get better, but he is going to do it his way and not rush things. I certainly respect where he is coming from.
It will take time for Nebraska to be good again. The pieces are certainly there, but I wouldn’t expect them to win a national championship anytime soon. Be patient. The media really hyped up this team in the offseason, and I was guilty of it too. As I learned on Saturday, Nebraska is far from where it can contend for a national championship. We as fans have to let Scott Frost work his magic. Plenty of good times are ahead.