Don't forget about the Huskies

Do you remember this scene? Washington holding the Holiday Bowl trophy while Nebraska walked off the field, losing their last two contests in the 2010 season? Don't worry, so do the Huskers.

Chicago, IL – While most in the media want to talk about Nebraska's upcoming Big Ten games – not everyone has forgotten about the non-conference part of the schedule. Especially the Huskers third contest.

"I would hope so."

It's all Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini had to say when asked if he thought his players might have a little extra motivation for the Washington game.

After beating the Huskies 56-21 in the regular season last year, the two were once again paired in the Holiday Bowl. The second time around, a somewhat sluggish and what look to be a non-motivated Nebraska team fell 19-7.

So while fans and the media want to focus on teams like Wisconsin, Ohio State, and Iowa, Husker players have another game circled on the calendar.

"It put a bad taste in our mouth, it was just a bitter feeling after it happened heading into the off-season," said Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead, who managed only 3.3 yards per carry in the finale. "We are playing a best of three series. Right now it's 1-1. We are definitely looking forward to that game."

It was understandable why Nebraska looked unmotivated. Dealing with a messy divorce from the Big 12, the conference didn't do them any favors sending them to a bowl game against an opponent they already faced once during the year. For a team that was 10-3 on the year and had played in the Big 12 Championship game, many felt they deserved better.

"I figure it's a big game for us," said Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David. "I think everyone will think it's a big game, considering how we lost in the Holiday Bowl. It wasn't a good feeling. We have to respect every opponent we face and take one game at a time, but when they come we'll bring it."

Washington racked up 269 yards on the ground in the two team's second match-up. Something tells me it won't happen again.

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & Scout.com since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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