The Nebraska football season has nine games to go, but the search for the next head coach has already started and we break down the six betting favorites.
It’s been a wild season for the Nebraska football team. Hell, it’s been a wild five years as the Scott Frost era was nothing but painful for the Huskers.
The favored son returned home prior to the 2017 season but his tenure was nothing but an unmitigated disaster. Nebraska football went 16-31 under Frost before he was finally relieved of his duties on Sunday by AD Trev Alberts.
Mickey Joseph has taken over as the interim head coach and while that person isn’t usually a consideration for the head job, Joseph is considered one of the betting favorites according to Bookies.com.
Joseph actually has the third-best odds outside of Iowa State’s Matt Campbell and also Lance Leipold of Kansas. Fourth on the list is Mark Stoops, followed by Luke Fickell and Bill O’Brien.
Urban Meyer is seventh. I’ve already made the case that Nebraska football should go after Meyer, and that was before Frost was even fired (it was only a matter of time).
So we’ll leave Urban Meyer out of this one since it doesn’t seem like a move Trev Alberts would make.
Saturday Blitz has analyzed some of the most realistic candidates, and other ideal candidates, but here is a breakdown of the top six betting favorites to be the next Nebraska football head coach.
All odds from Bookies.com
1. Matt Campbell (+350, 22 percent implied probability)
Lars Anderson, who is closely connected to Nebraska and correctly predicted the hires of Scott Frost, Fred Hoiberg, and Trev Alberts, tweeted that he heard Matt Campbell was the top target and that it was likely, he would leave Iowa State for the Huskers.
Now, that’s one person saying that. It doesn’t mean it’s true but he does have a solid track record of success. Campbell has won a lot of games at Iowa State and has beaten nine ranked teams since 2017, the same year that Frost was hired.
He also knows how to recruit and win with a program that’s not in a major metro area. That’s something he’d have to do at Nebraska and that’s why he’d be a home run.
Campbell has built an elite culture at Iowa State, he’s known as a good recruiter, and his player development is on full display after five straight winning seasons and zero top-40 recruiting classes.