The Nebraska Cornhuskers enter this weekend’s game ranked in the top 10 of the BCS standing taking on the Northwestern Wildcats who will come to Lincoln for the first time since 1974. Northwestern is 3-5 overall with a 1-4 Big Ten record, scoring their first conference win, over Indiana, 59-38.
Much like last week’s game against Michigan State, this will be the first meeting between the Huskers and Northwestern since Nebraska’s 66-17 win in the 2000 Alamo Bowl. Nebraska is 3-1 all-time against the Wildcats, including 2-0 in Lincoln. The Huskers defeated Northwestern in 1902 and in the regular season at Memorial Stadium in 1974. Northwestern beat the Huskers in Evanston in 1931.
Head Coach Bo Pelini on Northwestern. “I told the team after the game that this is a tough stretch ahead of us. We have a good football team coming in here, a well-coached football team. We will be challenged. It’ll be a good test for us. We will keep looking to get better.”
On Northwestern’s spread and comparing it to Big 12 teams
“They’re a little different in some ways. They can put some stress on you. I think the quarterback is a really good player. He is elusive and can make throws. It is a well thought-out offense. They do some unique things in the running game. There are some similarities to what we do offensively at some times. Probably not as much in the run game but they do unique things. It’ll be a nice test for us. We have to play well and practice well this week and be prepared.”
On Northwestern Coach Pat Fitzgerald
“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Pat. I think he is a great coach and a tremendous person. Obviously, Northwestern knew what they were getting when they hired him. He is a tremendous coach and an outstanding person. I have a lot of respect for him and the program and what he has done.”