Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf says Illinois’ team speed on defense has bothered the Huskers the past two seasons and that is a concern heading into Friday night’s Big Ten contest in Champaign. The Huskers scored three times in the fourth quarter a year ago in a 31-16 victory in Lincoln and two years ago lost to the Illini 14-13.
“They have got good team speed and you can see that all across the board”, said Langsdorf. “They are not going to give you a tremendous amount of looks but they are going to line up and run hard and hit. They are also coming off a bye so we have to expect some wrinkles in there that we probably have not seen.”
Illinois coach Lovie Smith likes the potential of his team heading into conference play. The Illini are 2-1 and have been idle since a 47-23 loss at South Florida on September 15.
“And now we need to see how we come back from a big loss and a game in which we did not play our best football”, said Smith. “Everything is set up. It is about Big Ten football for us and we have got a big opportunity ahead of us.”