Last week Nebraska lost at home 38-17 in game against Wisconsin that was the Huskers' biggest game of the season. Until this week of course. Now Ohio State and Urban Meyer come to town with memories of last year’s 62-3 result still in people’s minds. The Buckeyes are rolling after their loss to Oklahoma while Nebraska is still searching for consistency.
First, your TV information for Nebraska vs Ohio State:
Where: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln Neb.
When: Saturday, October 14, at 6:30p.m. CT
Listen: Husker Sports Network or Sirius Channel 81, XM 81
The mental toughness of this team will be tested this week to not let the Badgers beat them twice and be able to overcome the doubts following last year’s game.
We break it down in this week's episode of Hail Varsity's No Huddle.
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>>This is the first time in program history Nebraska will host top 10 teams in back to back weeks.
>>Last week’s 80-yard touchdown pass to Stanley Morgan Jr. was the longest Husker play since Tommy Armstrong Jr.'s 99-yard touchdown pass to Quincy Enunwa in the 2014 Gator Bowl.
>>Nebraska has had a 100-yard rusher in five of the first six games this season.
What They’re Saying
Mike Riley on getting the team ready to win:
“I think that it's everybody, I think the coaches’ energy and preparation in getting ready for the next game. Many times when you have what we have, a solid group of kids, they’ll feed off of that. And I would be surprised anyway in a sense, this team hasn’t changed much from the beginning of how they have come to work every day. It’s definitely something you have to keep an eye on at this stage of the year. What is a disappointing loss and another great opponent following right away, there has to be real energy and excitement to the luring of an opportunity here in order to succeed. I know the staff will be like that and I really trust that the players will be too.”
Tanner Lee on what the team relies on to bounce back:
“I think it’s just the bond we’ve built from summer. Just going through those conditionings, you do build a bond there and I think that’s kind of a family atmosphere we’ve built in the locker room and I think it has helped us as we’ve gone through some adversity this year and I think it’s definitely something I have been able to lean on and just kind of have the trust in my teammates that they’re always going to be there for me and for each other. I think we will continue to work hard because we want to play hard for each other. So, I think it is something that is really good about this team.”
Chris Jones on his confidence level to come back from injury ahead of schedule:
"At first when it happened I was down but I thought to myself there’s no reason to be down. Just fight and keep pushing myself every single day. I told myself I would keep pushing myself and if I come back early, I come back early. I just prayed about it and knew I would be back."
Must watch: Get fired up one last time by Grant Wistrom leading the Husker prayer.
Watch Grant Wistrom recite the Husker Prayer prior to the Wisconsin game Tunnel Walk. pic.twitter.com/OWBBeXjqve
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Must read: Tom’s Time looks at Coach Osborne’s coaching debut.
Must see: Stanley Morgan Jr was named to the Biletnikoff watch list.
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Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.