What record does Nebraska need to save Scott Frost’s job?

Yahoo Sports’ Dan Wetzel and Sports Illustrated’s Pat Ford discuss expectations for Nebraska in head coach Scott Frost’s breakout year and discuss what record the Cornhuskers will need to save Frost’s job.

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AND WETZEL: Scott Frost in Nebraska.

PAT FORD: Yes

AND WETZEL: He was asked to be more competitive and he immediately said we were competitive enough. We just lost eight of nine games by a touchdown or less.

PAT FORD: Oh, is that all? We were competitive.

AND WETZEL: The problem, he noted, was that it was something different every time. true

PAT FORD: Yes

AND WETZEL: Which he was explaining that I didn’t really think it was positive for him.

PAT FORD: No.

AND WETZEL: Like it would be one thing to be like, look man, we– our kicker had two left feet. We couldn’t hit a field goal. We lost eight games. Blame him.

PAT FORD: true

AND WETZEL: And every time it was something different.

PAT FORD: They were often special teams, but they were different parts of special teams.

AND WETZEL: Different. This is a team that played Ohio State and Michigan for a combined 60 minutes.

PAT FORD: Yes

AND WETZEL: But nothing could be achieved. He would have been fired if it wasn’t for Scott Frost and it wasn’t Nebraska, but he came back. Is there something there that Nebraska can turn this around and go back to 8 and 4 or something? 6 and 6? What does it take to keep Scott Frost in Nebraska?

PAT FORD: We discussed this at a writer’s meeting over beer at the High Velocity sports bar in Indianapolis after Scott Frost’s day at the podium. The consensus was that it should be better than 6 and 6. 7 and 5 is, hmmmm, what does 7 and 5 look like as a point. 8 and 4, it’s probably good. 6 and 6, not good enough. 7 and 5, ugh, it’s getting interesting.

AND WETZEL: 8 and 4, they’re going to– they’re going to go buy Ukrainian helium and release balloons to celebrate.

PAT FORD: Yes, they will. Although Frank Solich would see this and say, wait a minute. I wasn’t good enough and I was always better than 8 and 4.

AND WETZEL: Yeah, well, Frank was a better coach than all those guys. But this–

PAT FORD: Yes

AND WETZEL: – there the mighty have fallen. I think–

PAT FORD: They fell hard.

AND WETZEL: Nebraska just wants to– they just want to have their games, celebrate each other and all come together. And somehow win some games. Just don’t humiliate me. That’s what I feel – the program is now just the program, they just want, let’s have a night. Let’s do this. Good times. Pop some balloons. When we get the helium back.

PAT FORD: Sit around the tailgate and talk Tom Osborne some more.

AND WETZEL: Yes, have a meat pie from Runzas. I don’t know if they care that much. But–

PAT FORD: Hey, if they kept the coach who went…

AND WETZEL: 8 and 4 will do. 6 and 6 will do it. I think he comes back if he gets 6 wins.

PAT FORD: I don’t think he’s back if he gets 6 wins. I think he should have a winning record. So go through the schedule for that. A very interesting opener in Ireland against Northwestern. I mean, Northwestern was terrible last year, they might be terrible again this year. Although if the even number…

AND WETZEL: Yeah, Pat Fitzgerald pinball or what word am I trying to come up with?

PAT FORD: Roller coaster.

AND WETZEL: Yes, the roller coaster. Here it is. Thank you. It should be– it should be a successful year for them. But if– but still, on paper, they still don’t look much, Northwestern. So we’ll put Northwestern. This opening of Northwest Nebraska in Ireland is fascinating to me. Like Nebraska…

PAT FORD: Week zero.

AND WETZEL: Better win.

PAT FORD: Yes

AND WETZEL: Great game, week zero. So they do this. Northwestern, North Dakota, South Georgia and then visits to Oklahoma.

PAT FORD: Yes

AND WETZEL: If it’s not 3 and 0 going to Oklahoma, Oklahoma can finish this one.

PAT FORD: I agree to. Because they have an open week after that. If you want to make an early change, you have your chance.

AND WETZEL: Yes, if it’s 2 and 2, or God, 1 and 3, yes. Then you get a head start on the next trainer and all that. But I don’t know, it might as well be 3 and 0, take the Sooners at home.

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