Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Nebraska set to take on Penn State

How is Nebraska football handling the Penn State scandal leading up to the game in Happy Valley on Saturday?  By pretend it's not happening or that nothing is going on?  Maybe by focusing on themselves and letting the rest of the world keep track of the chaos?

Dead Spin
"I honestly don't know what's going on there," said Bo Pelini.  "I can't speculate on things I don't know.  It's not a distraction for our team."

It's a little difficult to believe it's not at least a small distraction for the Huskers.  Pelini does a good job of "fixing us," always claiming he only worries about the things he can control but the entire nation is watching with interest at the debauchery that's taking place.

"We don't want to talk about that."  Defensive end Cameron Meredith said.  "We just got to worry about ourselves."

This was a common response among Husker players after practice Tuesday.  No one was looking to add fuel to the red hot fire that's burning on the Penn State campus.

Penn State is currently in control of the Big Ten Leaders Division race.  The hammer they just got pounded with will make finishing out the season on top even tougher, but good teams feed-off controversy and increase their level of play.  Look for 110,000 supporters to praise their every move and motivate them to play inspired football.  Plus, with a win, Joe Paterno becomes the all-time leader for wins in the BCS Division.  Watch out for the Lions as they will be tough on Saturday.

As for Nebraska, they can't allow any distractions.  All of their last three games are must win, if they want to tie or win the Legends Division.  They will need some help along the way.  More questions then answers have come up after the team dropped the ball against Northwestern.

The question for fans is, which team shows up in Happy Valley?  A tight knit group of teammates ready to take the next step, or the team we saw last week?  We'll have to wait and see.  It ought to be interesting.

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