Bill Moos is ready to see some serious ground made up in Scott Frost’s fourth year.
The Husker athletic director went on Sports Nightly, the athletic department’s radio show, Tuesday night to talk about the recently announced groundbreaking ceremony of the long-awaited new football facility, but it was his comments on the upcoming football season that perhaps most caught attention throughout the state.
He was asked how many wins would be needed for this 2021 season to be considered a success.
Moos didn’t set a baseline or issue any mandates, but he certainly didn’t set the bar low.
“It would be great to get into that eight, nine-win (range) and start getting back into the picture of a conference championship and then talking about the postseason,” Moos said. “I think in year four for Scott Frost, I think that’s a realistic expectation.”
Nebraska hasn’t been over .500 since 2016 and Frost is 12-20 in his first three years. NU went 3-5 in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season that concluded last December. In talking with the media this spring, Frost has expressed confidence in his team, but Nebraska faces a daunting schedule this season.
“We have a tough schedule, probably the toughest schedule in college football. We have both Michigan and Ohio State this year, albeit at home, and we also play at Oklahoma—possibly a contender for the national championship for this season,” Moos said. “Then you start folding in Wisconsin and Iowa and Northwestern and we have not fared well against Illinois and others. We’ve got Michigan State. We’re going to have our work cut out for us.”
Moos has gotten the same positive reports from spring ball that the public has.
“We’ve got a lot better depth, we’ve got a lot better experience, we have a solid coaching staff, and a real good feeling about the prospects of being competitive in every game this fall,” he said.
Perhaps most importantly to the Huskers’ athletic director will be protecting Memorial Stadium.
“We’re going to have to bring it every game and we’re going to have to—and this is important—protect our home field,” he said. “This has got to be the toughest place to play in the Big Ten. We have to have people fear it.”
Nebraska is 8-9 at home under Frost. It went just 1-2 last season, but it sounds as though Moos is expecting to have one major advantage back in play that it didn’t a year ago.
“We are hopeful that we’ll be back at 100% capacity,” he said.
That, of course, would be a welcome sight for most. While other conferences worked with local health departments to allow reduced-capacity crowds a year ago, the Big Ten opted to restrict attendance across the board to just player families. At Rutgers, no one was allowed in the stands for football games.
NU will regain some semblance of normalcy this weekend when it welcomes back as many as 40,000 fans for the 2021 Red-White Spring Game.
>> Moos said Nebraska continues to discuss changes to the 2021 schedule. The team wants to play a home game early in the year for recruiting purposes, as Nebraska currently only has one home game before Oct. 2.
The program has had some conversation, Moos said, with Southeast Louisiana about moving the game currently scheduled for Nov. 13 to Sept. 4, but the Lions already play a home game of their own against North Alabama that weekend. The Lions are off on Sept. 18, but Nebraska plays at Oklahoma that weekend.
Logistics remain an issue, but it seems as though Moos is doing what he can to try and make it happen.
“We’re hopeful that we can do some more jockeying and have a game on the 4th,” Moos said.
>> Moos is very much looking forward to opening construction on the new football facility. He also spearheaded a facility project while serving as the Athletic Director for Washington State and said that morale tends to perk up around the department when construction like this starts up.
“It shows that we are continuing to invest in Husker athletics,” he said.
Derek is a newbie on the Hail Varsity staff covering Husker athletics. In college, he was best known as ‘that guy from Twitter.’ He has covered a Sugar Bowl, a tennis national championship and almost everything in between (except an NCAA men’s basketball tournament game… *tears*). In his spare time, he can be found arguing with literally anyone about sports.