With each victory the stakes are raised and the eighth ranked Huskers take a 6-0 mark into a game against a Boilermaker squad that has been blown out in two if its last three games. Big games against Wisconsin and Ohio State are next but Nebraska coach Mike Riley is not concerned that his team may be looking ahead.
“All of our games have been hard”, said Riley. “We have had to play well into the second half and fourth quarter to win games so I can’t believe we would assume it would be any easier than that. I have pretty good faith that this team will handle that part of it.”
It will Gerad Parker’s first game as Purdue’s interim coach after he replaced the fired Darrell Hazell. Parker says there has not been time to make drastic changes but there are areas that have been emphasized.
“On the defensive side we have got to find ways to get our guys to be more physical and tackle the football”, said Parker. “On offense we have got to be more explosive and start faster. We have addressed it and the coaches know it.”
Kickoff in Memorial Stadium is 2:30 p.m. The game will be carried by ABC.