Lincoln - Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini met the media on Monday at Memorial Stadium to discuss the Huskers' upcoming Big 12 regular-season finale at Colorado on Friday in Boulder.
The Huskers, who clinched the Big 12 North Division crown with a win over Kansas State on Saturday, head to Folsom Field with an 8-3 overall record and a 5-2 Big 12 mark. The Buffaloes enter the game with a 3-8 overall mark, including a 2-5 league record. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. with live television coverage by ABC.
Although the Buffaloes don't bring a glossy record into the game, Pelini said the Huskers will be expecting the Buffs' best shot. He also said he expects his players to play hard for the Husker fans in the western part of the state.
"I haven’t been a part of this program for a real long time, but I know this is a game special to our fans and I think it’s special to the Colorado fans. It's two states sitting side by side. It’s very special to our great fans out in Western Nebraska because they are right there in the Colorado zone and they want bragging rights. They make a lot of sacrifices in driving a long way every week to come see us play, and we have to have their back on this end when we play Colorado. That’s all part of the deal.”
He also said that Colorado was the only thing on the minds of the Nebraska coaches and players this week.
“I know what we have in front of us. I know it’s going to be a challenge. I know we have to play good football. I fully expect to go win this football game. Texas, that means nothing to me right now. The only thing that matters to this football team is Colorado. I told our people in the offices, the coaching staff, I don’t want to hear about plans, about travel plans, about tickets, or anything else about the Big 12 title game. That means nothing. That time will come. Our full focus is on Colorado.”
For complete transcripts of Pelini's session with the media, and for quotes from Nebraska players, please click on the links below: