Nebraska assistant coach John Papuchis said Wednesday morning that preparing for the first season in the Big Ten and going through it have been two different things for the Husker football program.
Papuchis also told a Big Red Breakfast crowd at the La Vista Conference Center that it’s been “a unique year in every way” as NU has made the jump from the Big 12.
“Going into it, you know the challenges that you face on your schedule, you understand who you’re playing, but it’s something that I’ve never been a part of when you play 11 new opponents,” Papuchis said. “Each week you’re getting ready to play a team that you’re not familiar with.
“It’s one thing to scout your opponents in the offseason in your preparation, which we did last spring for the season ahead, but it’s another thing to live it.”
Nebraska is 8-3 overall and 4-3 in the Big Ten heading into a Friday home game with Iowa. The Huskers were eliminated from contention for a Legends Division title with their 45-17 loss last Saturday at Michigan.
“I think we’ve learned the league a lot better so far,” Papuchis said. “And hopefully as we move forward we’re going to be in a position to do exactly what we set out to do when we came here, and that’s win a conference championship and get back into the picture for competing for a national championship.”