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."
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.
"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.