But there is a lot of anticipation for it nonetheless. But for the third-year Head Coach, that's for them, not him and not for his team. "Whatever the fans are going to make of it, they are going to make of it. It's no different than any other week as far as we are concerned," he said.
While Nebraska has gotten a lot of acclaim for its defense stemming from last year's success and the gradual improvement of the team this year, Texas hasn't had a bad defense either. Yes, they were hammered a bit against UCLA where they gave up over 200 yards rushing to the Bruins. But this group still ranks ninth in the country in sacks, second in the country in tackles for loss and in total defense they rank sixth while the Huskers rank 12th. "I have a lot of respect for him. He does a great job," Pelini said of Will Muschamp, Texas' Defensive Coordinator.
But UCLA, running out of the "Pistol" offense, and running a lot of "Zone Read" like Nebraska, was still able to do plenty against the Horns as they handed Texas, then ranked in the top five, their first loss of the season. With that said, Pelini said not to look too much into what was done by another team or how Texas played then. That was then and this is now. "That was just one of those days for Texas. They had a lot of things go against them that day," he said. "Look at us two weeks ago, and they could have said the same thing. They will make corrections. They will be at their best come Saturday, I promise you that."
Nebraska could have the services of sophomore linebacker Will Compton, who has missed the entire season thus far with a foot injury. Compton returned to practice today in what Pelini described as a limited role. He could play this weekend, but it's unsure just how much. "It really depends on how he feels," Pelini said.
As far as Pelini concerned, this is another week, another opponent and another opportunity to get better. The atmosphere which seems to built over the off-season to a fevered pitch, has found itself somewhat diminished by the fact that only one of the teams comes into this contest ranked.
Today as for the rest of the week Pelini said it's "Business as usual.
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