CFB Analyst Thinks Scott Frost Is Already A Top 10 Coach
In his individual list, CBS analyst Barton Simmons has Scott Frost all the way up at No. 7.He made his case on the outlet’s Cover 3 podcast, arguing that top programs would sooner hire an up-and-comer like Frost, who was the hottest coaching commodity after the 2017 season, than an established top coach like TCU’s Gary Patterson, who ranks No. 8 on the list.Via 247Sports:“If you are Texas, and you could hire Scott Frost or you could hire Gary Patterson, is it a no-brainer you’d hire Gary Patterson?” Simmons asked.[…]‘If you are Oklahoma, and you could hire Scott Frost or Mark Dantonio?” Simmons asked again.[…]“I just think that Scott Frost, if you look at the trajectory, you look at what he inherited at Nebraska, how the team looked at the end of the year,” Simmons said. “I know their record was ugly … They finished 4-2 and started 0-6. Among that 0-6 there were some really weird close losses. He recruits well. The one time we’ve seen him before when he took a winless team to whatever it was — four wins — and then to undefeated in year two, I don’t think there’s any reason to think he can’t take a jump in year two at Nebraska. I just think if you’re actually looking at it from a big-picture standpoint and not just a record from last year, I think there’s a lot to like about having Scott Frost as the guy who runs your program and a guy you entrust with the future of your program. I’d feel good. Whatever the Nebraska win total is this year, I’d be on the over I’d imagine.”Guys like Patterson and Dantonio have definitely accomplished more in their careers overall, but Frost likely has the higher upside, and Simmons may be right that he would be the bigger commodity on the open market, even following a four-win year in Lincoln.Whether that means he is a top 10 coach right now is up for debate, but with a great year, I wouldn’t be surprised if he flirts with it entering 2020.[247Sports] LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers celebrates the win against the Michigan State Spartans at Memorial Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)It took two years for Scott Frost to take UCF from a winless program to an undefeated season and a New Year’s Six bowl win. If he has a similar turnaround at Nebraska in year two, it will be hard to deny that he is one of the best coaches in the sport.But is he top 10 already? One prominent college football analyst thinks so.CBS Sports recently released its rankings of the head coaches in college football. Frost comes in at No. 25 in the full rankings.With Nebraska going 4-8 in Frost’s first season, it’s not a surprise to see his standing take a slight hit, but we’re all still pretty high on him. Nobody thought he’d step in at Nebraska and the Huskers would suddenly be winning 10 or 11 games.That is actually down four spots from where Frost was last season at this time. CBS had him at No. 21 entering his first year at his alma mater.