A total of 20,000 to 30,000 Husker faithful are expected near the stadium later today and nearly all of them seemed to be on State Street Friday night.
Multiple bars and clubs had chants of "Go Big Red" or "Go Real Red" during all hours of the night. It impressed most Wisconsin fans and Badger media types.
The talk most of the night was tickets: prices that were being paid and where to look for one. Former Wisconsin head coach and now AD Barry Alvarez says it's the toughest ticket he's seen since arriving to Madison. I can believe it – I was offered $1200 for my press credential.
There is definitely an excitement in the air, but Bo Pelini still is saying this is just another regular game.
Appearing on 100.5 FM ESPN radio in Madison yesterday afternoon, Pelini's message was similar to Monday's press conference quotes.
"I have said it along, the hype and is for the fans and media," Bo Pelini said "It's just the next game on the schedule for us, against a good football team, one that we have a lot of respect for.
"Your not going to win the Super Bowl this week and the season will go on. The process will keep going on, on Sunday."
Pelini was asked about Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson and the challenges in facing him.
"He can hurt with his feet, his arm, he's well coached, he's just a really good player," said Pelini. "He has really just fit really well into their system.