Published Tuesday, September 11, 2012 AT 11:51 AM / Updated at 11:55 AM
Pelini not concerned by Big Ten’s slow start
Jon Nyatawa Omaha World-Herald

After an unimpressive opening weekend, the Big Ten went 6-6 during Week Two action Saturday. But Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said it’s too early to start making conclusions about the conference’s quality of play.

Pelini’s Huskers lost 36-30 at UCLA. Wisconsin, the undisputed Leaders Division favorite, was upset 10-7 by Oregon State. Iowa lost to instate rival Iowa State in an ugly 9-6 game. Illinois was routed by Arizona State, 45-14.

Already, the Big Ten is down to just five undefeated teams (Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio State, Michigan State and Northwestern), the second-fewest total among BCS conferences behind the Big East.

But it’s still just September, Pelini argued.

“There’s a lot of football left to be played,” he said. “I don’t think you can really make snap judgments. We’ll see how it plays out.”

Pelini’s appearance on the Big Ten weekly teleconference was rather brief. A few highlights are below…

>> Pelini said the coaching staff will continue to proceed cautiously with senior running back Rex Burkhead (knee), who had “probably had his best day (Tuesday) as far as his rehab.” Pelini complimented both Ameer Abdullah and Braylon Heard, saying he likes NU’s depth at running back.

>> Words that Pelini used to decribe Arkansas State: Talented and fast. He’s still trying to fully acquaint himself with coach Gus Malzahn and the Red Wolves’ offensive scheme. But Pelini knows this: “They’re a dangerous football team.”

>> Pelini was pretty vague on his evaluation of Taylor Martinez, saying the junior is making better decisions overall but still has plenty of work to do.

>> What does Nebraska need to work on? Said Pelini: “Overall execution. Consistency.”

About Jon Nyatawa

Jon Nyatawa has covered local sports, primarily Nebraska football, for The Omaha World-Herald since 2008. He and his laptop, cell phone, tape recorder, pen and notebook all live in Lincoln. Follow him on Twitter: @JonNyatawa. Email him here: jon.nyatawa@owh.com. He welcomes feedback.

Comments

  1. gm says:

    Pretty insightful stuff from the teleconference.

  2. Jeff_Georgia says:

    I hate Wisconsin. However, at least their head coach has the guts to axe a staff member if they aren’t getting the results he expects.

    Why is Barney Cotton still on the NU staff? Is Bo chicken? Or is he getting the results he expects? You tell me…

    Where was Cross on Saturday? Why do they only hand the ball to the FB on third and one? What happened to the ground game in the second half?

    Bo’s not worried. Gee, isn’t that nice to know. Maybe he is just a little too comfortable in his position. I think it is past time to turn up the heat.

    If I have to watch another OL performance like Saturday, I may have to swear off the Huskers after living and dying with them since 1978. My #2 team, Georgia, looks to be decent this year, they might become my #1 team…

    1. HuskerMark says:

      Wah! I only root for winners… *sniffle* Good riddance.

      Being a fan means unwavering support and eternal optimism for the future. Wanting to only root for winning programs is just L-A-M-E.

      Order an Alabama hat when you get your Bulldog gear – just in case.

  3. WA Husker says:

    Pelini not concerned? THAT is on the AD’s back, then. I was in the stands at the Rose Bowl Saturday. Can’t imagine TO would be excited about the people who are beginning to think about spending their fall Saturdays differently. Bo’s biggest problem comes not when they become upset (unlike him, I guess) but when they quit worrying about it. Careful Bo – darker winds blowing around your coaching, your attitude, and your tenure here. Bill Callahan can tell you where “I’m doing a great job” can end…..

  4. u2jr says:

    He’s not worried because he knows there is nobody out there to replace him. I can’t imagine life as a Husker coach easy…but he needs to start be worried becuase people will forget about history if they haven’t already. Just ask UCLA’s basketball team and USC’s baseball team.

  5. u2jr says:

    He’s not worried because he knows there is nobody out there to replace him. I can’t imagine life as a Husker coach easy…but he needs to start being worried becuase people will forget about history if they haven’t already. Just ask UCLA’s basketball team and USC’s baseball team.