In the aftermath of yet another one-possession Husker loss Saturday (30-23 to Minnesota), let's look at the things we know and things we don't know thus far during the Scott Frost era at Nebraska:
What we know
- Nebraska has won just 15 of 40 total games for a winning rate of .375. (Two of those 15 wins were against Bethune-Cookman in 2018 and this year against Fordham University.)
- Nebraska has won a total of 10 conference games: 2018 (Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan State); 2019 (Illinois, Northwestern and Maryland); 2020 (Penn State, Purdue and Rutgers); 2021 (Northwestern). Four conference games remain this season.
- This week the Huskers stand at 1-4 in conference play and 3-5 overall.
- All of this year's losses have been by one possession.
- Of the 4 remaining games, NU needs to win at least 3: Purdue (4-2), Ohio State (5-1), Wisconsin (3-3) and Iowa (6-1). All games except Wisconsin are at Memorial Stadium.
- All three Husker wins this year have been over weaker opponents: FCS Fordham (4-1), Buffalo (3-4) and Northwestern (3-3).
- The most Husker wins have been 5 in 2019.
- NU has played in no bowl games.
- There have been 3 consecutive losing seasons.
- The Huskers have been their own worst enemy.
What we don't know
- Can Nebraska win any of the 4 remaining games?
- What will happen to Frost & Company if the Huskers don't win another game this year?
- Will Husker A.D. Trev Alberts make a coaching change?
- If Frost does stay, will any Husker assistants be replaced?
- Next year, will Husker fans be willing to support their team if they have another losing season this year?
- Will the donors continue to support a losing program?
- If the Huskers do qualify for a bowl game at 6-6, will Frost get a contract extension?
- If Frost is retained, how many games will the Huskers have to win next year to keep him?
- Who would replace Frost if a coaching change were made?
- What effect would a coaching change have on the Husker football program?
- If Frost stays, will Adrian Martinez remain at Nebraska for his extra COVID year? And if so, how does his staying affect the existing Husker QB room?
- If Frost stays, would the Husker program be better off starting a different quarterback in 2022?
I don't envy Trev Alberts' position. He will have a lot on his mind over the next few months. One thing Husker fans know is that over the past 20 years or so, coaching changes at Nebraska have had a devastating effect on the Husker football program.
Do Nebraska fans want a coaching change? Be careful what you ask for.