3 moves Scott Frost can make to save his job at Nebraska after upset loss

Scott Frost, Nebraska Cornhuskers. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)
Scott Frost, Nebraska Cornhuskers. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images) /

As if Scott Frost’s seat could have been any hotter, the Nebraska football head coach just lost to the Northwestern Wildcats overseas in Dublin in Week 0…

Another Week 0 in the books, another 0-1 start to the season in Big Ten play for Nebraska football head coach Scott Frost.

Northwestern was the only team the Cornhuskers beat in conference play a year ago. Well, guess what? That is no longer the case, as it is an even year in Evanston, which means good things for Pat Fitzgerald’s Wildcats. As for Nebraska fans, let’s hope you got some of those free beers or gin and tonics they were handing out at Aviva Stadium after the internet went out but before you lost.

Instead of presenting problems and offering no solutions, let’s save Frost from himself, alright?

What is it going to take for Scott Frost to save his job leading Nebraska football?

3. Play Logan Smothers over Casey Thompson because why the hell not?!

While Casey Thompson transferred over from another losing program in Texas this offseason, the results were pretty much the same. He threw two picks in his Cornhuskers debut and got outplayed by Ryan Hilinski when it mattered the most. Not saying starting the Muscle Shoals backup dynamo Logan Smothers is going to solve this mess, but it would be just as entertaining.

2. Don’t ever onside kick the football again, you idiot!

For the rest of the season, Nebraska has lost all privileges of doing the onside kick. After Anthony Grant hit pay dirt for the second time on the afternoon, Nebraska got Tommie Frazier neck roll wishbone cocky and decided to try and sneak one past the Northwestern special teams unit. It didn’t work, and Nebraska would not score a single point for the rest of the game, losing 31-28.

1. Tell Mark Whipple to run the damn ball some more, please

In his Nebraska debut, offensive coordinator Mark Whipple got thrown under the bus at the podium immediately by a back-against-the-wall Frost. Whipple is not known for pounding the rock. Nebraska got outgained 214 to 111 on the ground by Northwestern. If not for Grant’s incredible day (19 carries for 101 yards and two touchdowns), the Cornhuskers had nothing.

Ultimately, the only way Frost keeps his job is if he doesn’t lose to Indiana and Rutgers in the first two weeks of October. Nebraska should beat North Dakota and Georgia Southern to get to 2-1 before a certain defeat at home vs. old Big Eight nemesis Oklahoma. But even after the Rutgers game, is any game left on the schedule besides Illinois at home all that winnable for Nebraska?

6-6 was probably going to have to be the mark for Frost to keep his job, but now that feels over.

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