Nebraska and Scott Frost certainly come a long way for a must-see Big Ten game in Week 0

There are a few must-see things in Dublin, Ireland: the Guinness Storehouse, Temple Bar Pub, Grafton Street, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Dublin Castle. Take it from me.

What you should not do? Go to Ireland’s capital needing a must-to win.

This is (roughly) the case for Scott Frost. Fate, timing and timing have placed from Nebraska coach in Ireland for the opening of the 2022 season against North West Saturday.

His job is on the line. Maybe not right away, but it doesn’t get more depressing than having to cross the North Atlantic to lose an opening in Europe to a traditional, second-tier Big Ten program.

That makes Nebraska-Northwestern the most important game of Week 0, fraught with more potential calamities than spilled lager on brewery tours.

Frost is under siege no matter if his passport needed to be updated. Right away. At Dublin. There’s no Irish dancing around it. Northwestern should be a W. It to have to to be a W. Otherwise, it feels less like a season kick-off than a prelude to a departure.

Nebraska didn’t laugh much under Frost. The Cornhuskers beat the Wildcats by seven touchdowns last year in Lincoln, Nebraska. That’s the kind of margin the Huskers left for everyone. But talking about what once was in Nebraska would be as depressing as contemplating an internationalL Saturday.

This adds to the uncertainty of what – in another universe – would be a certain victory. Nebraska is an 11.5-point favorite, according to Caesars Sportsbook, but Frost is just 2-2 against the team chosen to finish last in the Big Ten West.

Entering his fifth season at his alma mater, the former national championship quarterback from Nebraska underperformed powerfully, going 15-29. That winning percentage is the second-worst for a Nebraska coach since 1947.

The goal is not to bury the guy. The head scratching continues.

Frost was a rising star under Chip Kelly and Mark Helfrich at Oregon. UCF won a national championship when Frost went 13-0 in 2017. If there was one slam-dunk rental in Nebraska after all the years of mediocrity, it was Frost.

Then mediocrity turned into outright defeat – each of the last four seasons. If there’s one constant lacking under Frost, it’s Special Teams. But sometimes there were breakdowns everywhere.

All nine losses last season were in single digits. It may be a record. No matter. It’s done has been heartbreaking, if not heartbreaking.

“We were competitive every game last year,” Frost said. “We had our chances of winning. We’ve made a ton of progress as a program from a talent standpoint and a culture standpoint. We’re not there yet.”

Whether in the foreground or in the background, sporting director Trev Alberts is always there. Judge. It will be up to another former Huskers great to decide if a simple bowl game, 6-6 or 7-5, is enough. Whatever the final record, the standard slipped in Nebraska. Alberts has made it clear that he is the captain of this ship going forward.

There was a messy — albeit minor — NCAA dust that Frost had to answer for. He changed all but one of the attacking staff with two games left in the 2021 season. That’s never a good sign because sooner or later there’s nowhere else to look but the chief.

However, veteran offensive coordinator Mark Whipple has Texas quarterback transfer Casey Thompson who to work with after coaching from Pittsburgh Kenny Picket and Jordan Addison (Biletnikoff Award Winner) for ACC Champions. ohio state and Michigan State are out of the program, replaced by Indiana and Rutgers. The Huskers could be 3-0 when Oklahoma arrives in town on September 17.

For the first time since 2010 and only the fourth time in the past 25 years, every Big Ten head coach has returned a season ago. Frost was one of them. Barely?

What’s most frustrating is not knowing the exact formula for Nebraska to bounce back.

“It would be easy if it was a thing,” Frost said. “It’s a bit more difficult because it’s a little different every game.”

Dublin is a great place for culture, friendliness and free pub sandwiches during happy hour. It’s a horrible place for Northwestern to lose, possibly signaling the beginning of the end for a son of the land…in a land far away.

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