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Take Two: Will Nebraska's rebuild under Frost take longer than expected?

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Take Two returns with a daily offering tackling a handful of issues in the college football landscape. National Recruiting Analyst Adam Gorney lays out the situation and then receives takes from National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell and a local expert from the network of team sites.

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The Scott Frost era has not started like some had envisioned. Not by a long shot.

Nebraska is winless in three games with home losses to Colorado and Troy and then the Huskers got pulverized, 56-10, this past weekend at Michigan. Afterward, Frost said this is the bottom for Nebraska and that it’s not going to get worse than this.

Purdue is an early 3-point favorite at Nebraska this weekend as the Boilermakers come in 1-3 coming off a surprising 30-13 win over Boston College.

So far this season, Nebraska is being outscored 37.7 to 19, its top two running backs Greg Bell and Maurice Washington have not rushed for a touchdown and star receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. only has one touchdown grab. Freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez has been dealing with a knee injury but was back Saturday in the loss to Michigan.

Wisconsin, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Iowa remain on the schedule.

Frost is a phenomenal coach. In two seasons at UCF, he turned a 6-7 team into an undefeated squad last season. He also has tremendous leeway in turning Nebraska’s program around that has not had an 11-win season since 2001.

But will the rebuild in Lincoln take much longer than expected?


“Nebraska has some pieces on their roster to compete against the middle- to bottom-tier teams of the Big Ten, but as we saw Saturday they have a ways to go before they can play at the level of Michigan, Penn State, Wisconsin and Ohio State. Saturday's loss at Michigan was a sobering reminder that Nebraska's lack of program continuity over the last 15-plus years can't be made up over one off-season.

"The biggest area Nebraska struggles at right now is it doesn't have enough depth and competition at key position groups like the offensive line. They weren't able to consistently block Michigan on Saturday, which meant they really couldn't do much of anything offensively. Then on defense, they didn't have the muscle up front to match-up with the physicality of Jim Harbaugh's offense.”


“He’s going to have to change the culture. That’s going to be a big deal. That’s going to take his own guys to do that. Usually, that starts with your senior leadership and I don’t think he’s going to be able to change the culture when he has guys used to losing there. So it’s probably a longer rebuild than people expected."