The closest thing to trash talk at Monday’s press conference came from offensive tackle Yoshi Hardrick.
Hardrick doesn’t think Wisconsin has faced a physical offense.
“We got a great chance to wake ‘em up,” Hardrick said.
“I think we’re on the big stage,” Hardrick said later. “We’ve got a chance to silence some critics and make a statement and show that Nebraska’s back.”
Bo Pelini wasn’t biting on the “hoopla” talk. Nor were most of his players. But Hardrick shared a few details of the Huskers’ mind-set.
Hardrick said Pelini compared the showdown to a fistfight. Two backyard brawlers. Best man wins. Hardrick likes his team’s chances. Nebraska needs this win to take the next step, he said.
“(We are) tired of doing the same things,” Hardrick said. “We need to do something different. I think this game is gonna tell it all.”
Hardrick wasn’t completely alone in his bold words. Taylor Martinez left the media with this parting shot:
“We’re ready to shock the world.”