The Nebraska football team took to the Ed and Joyanne Gass grass practice fields on Monday afternoon to begin preparations for its Friday matchup against Colorado at Boulder.
After defeating Kansas State, 17-3, last Saturday for the Big 12 North title, the Huskers immediately started prepping for a defensively-driven Colorado team. Although the Buffaloes enter Friday's game with a 3-8 record, they have put up a strong rushing defense against their opponents.
"They do a really nice job," Nebraska Offensive Coordinator Shawn Watson said about Colorado's defense. "I've always had great respect for their defense. They did a really good job scheme-wise of containing the run. They make you work at running the football. They do a nice job."
Although NU has one less day to prepare for the Buffs, the Huskers came out strong in practice today.
"The guys are ready to go," Coach Watson said. "Obviously they had yesterday off. We've prepared them and they know what we're facing this week with one day less to prepare. So they came out and had a really good practice today. I was really pleased with that."
Although Nebraska has already guaranteed itself a spot in post-season action with the Big 12 Championship game on Dec. 5, NU has no plans of slowing its momentum in its last regular-season game.
"It's huge," Coach Watson said about keeping up momentum. "We always hear just to take it one week at a time and we've been fortunate because our kids understand that and they buy into that. That is this week's challenge and it is to finish our season with a win. The guys have been focused on this week. We don't care anything about what's going to happen next week. It doesn't matter. What's important is to finish. The guys listen. They've listened all season long. They had a really good practice today. They know the rivalry and they'll be ready to play."