CHICAGO — Scott Frost is the new head coach at Nebraska, a place where he played quarterback for the legendary Tom Osborne, and he said Monday there’s no doubt about his mission.

“Nebraska historically belongs in the upper echelon in college football … and I’m just excited to start the process of getting Nebraska back where it belongs,” Frost said during the first day of the Big Ten football kickoff media days.

Last season Frost caused a stir by leading Central Florida to a 13-0 record that included the American Athletic Conference championship and a win in the Peach Bowl over Auburn, the only team to beat eventual national champion Alabama.

UCF was left out of serious conversation for inclusion in the College Football Playoff.

But that just furthered what Frost has been an advocate of for years.

“I’d like to see an eight-team playoff … including the Power 5 conference champions” and three at-large teams, Frost said.

At the moment, though, he is immersed in raising the Nebraska program back to status it enjoyed as one of the elite nationally in the 1960s through the 1990s, especially under Osborne. Toward that end, he said he’s also leaning on Osborne every chance he gets.

“Coach Osborne is my hero in this sport, in this business,” Frost said. “He’s a hall of fame coach and besides that, probably the best man I know.”