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Big Ten West is ‘Wild West Right Now’ as Huskers Prepare to Face Rutgers

October 03, 2022

After the 35-21 win over Indiana, Nebraska is now in a six-way tie at the top of the Big Ten West. The only program on its own is Wisconsin, in seventh place with an 0-2 record in the Big Ten.

That means Nebraska is exactly where it wants to be going into the remainder of Big Ten play, but the goal remains to take it one week at a time.

“I think it’s football. You don’t know what’s going to happen,” interim head coach Mickey Joseph said on Monday. “I think it’s athletics and everything is day to day and games (are) week to week. It’s the Wild West right now. Everybody’s fighting but if you look at the games, the games are coming down to the fourth quarter. Tough games coming down to the fourth quarter.

“We’ll take one game at a time. We’ve got Rutgers and we’ve got to get ready for Rutgers but the West is wild right now.”

While the situation is favorable for Nebraska—and the Big Ten West as a whole—Joseph reiterated that all a program can do is take it one game a time. That’s been his message to the team since taking over two weeks ago.

“All you can do is control what you’re going to do against Rutgers,” Joseph said.

Joseph added that the sign of a good team is how quickly it can move on to the next game. Nebraska has a short week with the Rutgers matchup being on a Friday, so that presents its own challenges as well. For now, the Huskers have moved everything ahead one day in preparation.

More news and notes:

>> Hunter Anthony came in for Bryce Benhart at right tackle against Indiana.

“They were 49 and 44 snaps, so they split it,” Joseph said. “We’re going to rotate them again.”

Joseph added that Anthony played “OK” and “held his own,” while adding that there will be mental errors.

>> No update on Turner Corcoran’s “punch” against Indiana. Joseph said the Huskers are waiting to hear from the Big Ten on what they saw from the moment.

>> No new Blackshirts after the Indiana win.

>> Nothing surprises this staff about running back Anthony Grant at this point, per Joseph. He said the staff felt he was one of the best backs coming out of junior college.

>> Joseph said he was clear with quarterback Casey Thompson about why he was pulled from the matchup with Indiana in favor of Chubba Purdy.

“I’m going to be consistent with it,” Jospeh said. “I’m not going to be wishy washy with it. If he’s struggling, he’s going to be coming out.” 

>> A depth chart note: Big Ten Freshman of the Week Malcolm Hartzog is now listed with an -OR- alongside Tommi Hill at top cornerback spot alongside Quinton Newsome.

>> Nebraska’s matchup at Purdue has a game time. The Huskers and Boilermakers will kick off at 6:30 p.m. CT.

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