Coming off a crushing defeat at the hands of Minnesota, the Nebraska Cornhuskers are hoping for an easy win this weekend against struggling Northwestern.
“We had way too many breakdowns. We played undisciplined football at times,” Cornhuskers coach Bo Pelini said of the loss.
“The sad thing is that at the end of the day we didn’t play very well and we still had an opportunity to win the football game,” the Nebraska skipper added. “We didn’t play with an edge. We didn’t play with the physicality, with the focus we needed to.”
Fiery coach Pelini is right. Looking to put last week’s 34-23 loss to the Golden Gophers behind them, the Cornhuskers need a big win against the Wildcats to keep them alive in the Big 10’s Legends division. It could happen. A win and some momentum against visiting Northwestern, currently on a four-game skid, and the Nebraska Cornhuskers have some room to breathe. The next week, Nebraska travels to play the Michigan Wolverines and faces the division-leading Michigan State Spartans the week after. Three solid weeks of Nebraska Cornhuskers football can turn the Big 10 on it’s head. But they have to get past the Northwestern Wildcats first, a fact not lost on the Nebraska Cornhuskers coach.
“I don’t really care that Northwestern to this point has had a little bit of a losing streak,” Pelini said. “This is a good football team. It’s a well-coached football team. They know what they are doing.”
“We’re going to have our work cut out for us Saturday,” the Cornhuskers coach added.
Heading into the weekend, Nebraska senior quarterback Taylor Martinez is questionable. The Cornhuskers signal caller suffered a hip pointer in the Minnesota loss. Pelini indicated that he would start Nebraska freshman Tommy Armstrong Jr. if Martinez was unavailable, with Cornhuskers senior Ron Kellogg III backing him up.
Analysts suggest Pelini may be on his way out and the rest of the season will determine his future with the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
What do you think of Nebraska’s 2013 season? What improvements need to be made in order to make the Cornhuskers an elite program? Are Bo Pelini’s days with the Nebraska Cornhuskers numbered?