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.”