Nebraska is No. 8 and, at 6-0, one 10 remaining unbeaten FBS programs.
Still, the Huskers have their doubters. They heard them loud and clear on Saturday morning, when some members of ESPN’s “College GameDay” questioned Nebraska’s top-10 ranking. So two days after beating Indiana 27-22 on Saturday, Riley was asked about the criticism at his Monday press conference.
The Huskers second-year coach frankly said he does not care about it.
“It’s just part of the storyline and I’ve said already, I don’t really care,” he said. “I like the record, I know what have to get better at and we have to work to win the next game.”
Riley added: “We like the identity of this team on how they play and how they win games. We watch the film and we have to help them get better. They have to have the willingness to be better. It can get harder, it can be hard when you’re distracted by the noise when you’re losing, it can be hard and distracting when you start to believe how good you are and don’t work at it anymore. Whatever the situation is you can’t be distracted, you have to get better.”
Nebraska (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) hosts Purdue (3-3, 1-2) at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. The Boilermakers fired coach Darrell Hazell on Sunday; interim coach Gerad Parker will make his head-coaching debut against the Huskers.