Nebraska coach Bo Pelini talked to the media Monday for more than 20 minutes, and for the first 11 he talked mostly about his defense that allowed 67 points over the last two games — both wins.
“I’m not concerned,” said Pelini about the defense.
Pelini added there are things that need to get fixed, but feels he and his staff “have a pretty good handle on it.” They must since Nebraska is 3-0 and ninth in the nation.
The ninth-ranked Huskers could get senior cornerback Alfonzo Dennard back this week, who missed last week’s 51-38 win over Washington with an injury.
“In my opinion I don’t think there’s a better corner in the country,” Pelini said of Dennard.
As for Wyoming, a media member at the newsconference mentioned to Pelini that War Memorial Stadium’s capacity of around 30,000 will be the smallest stadium Nebraska has played in since 1971.
“I don’t really pay attention to that, but I didn’t know that until you said it,” Pelini said. “I’m sure it will be full and I’m sure there will be a great crowd. As far as I know the field is still the same size, and that’s what matters to us.”
Pelini added he’s never been to Laramie, and drove through Wyoming once a long time ago on his way to San Francisco. He added that he may have stayed in Cheyenne.
Pelini was in his first year at Nebraska when current Wyoming coach Dave Christensen was in his last as offensive coordinator at Missouri.
“I see a lot of similarities,” said Pelini on UW’s offense now compared to the one he saw at Missouri. “He’s not exactly the same. Obviously, his personnel is a little bit different. I think he does a good job and I think he’s a really good coach. … He has some wrinkles he wans’t doing back when he was at Missouri.”
Nebraska is an early 22-point favorite to beat Wyoming. Any chance the Huskers will overlook the Cowboys with their Big Ten opener at Wisconsin the following week?
“Wyoming is a good team and we can’t look forward. If we do it’s going to bite us in the butt,” junior running back Rex Burkhead said.
For more on what Nebraska players and coaches are saying about Wyoming, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.