LINCOLN, Neb. — Usually, Mike Riley’s team is pretty even-keeled.
But this week? This week, there’s something different going on with Riley’s team.
First off, Wednesday the Huskers seemed pretty loose, riding off the practice field in a golf cart, bumping to music.
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And Thursday, Riley said there was a sense in the locker room that this game against No. 11 Wisconsin means more.
“There might be a little more buzz,” Riley said of his locker room.
No. 8 Nebraska (7-0, 4-0) will return to Madison and try to break the three-loss streak it is on against the Badgers. The last time Nebraska went to Camp Randall, the Huskers were trounced 59-24.
In order to break that streak, Riley said Nebraska needs to play “aggressive” against a feisty Badger defense.
“It’ll be a very important field-position game,” Riley said. “When we have good field position, we gotta get some points, make them pay.”
Nebraska has been blaring crowd noise from speakers to try to replicate the atmosphere it will face in Madison. Riley said the rowdy crowd will be a “big factor” in the game. He was pleased for the most part with his team’s performance with the noise, though a few times this week his offensive line did struggle with some false starts, he said.
Nebraska will travel to Madison on Friday and have a long wait until the prime-time matchup, which kicks off at 7 p.m. ET.
“I hope they sleep in as well,” Riley said of his team. “Then it won’t seem so long.”
Some other notes from practice.
- The only player ruled out with an injury is senior TE Cethan Carter, who suffered a hyperextended elbow against Illinois and has not been back since.
- Senior WR Jordan Westerkamp and sophomore RB Devine Ozigbo have been cleared to play.
- Junior safety Kieron Williams was not with the team the past two days and was home for a personal matter, Riley said. Williams will fly to Madison to meet the team and will play.