Nebraska receiver Quincy Enunwa went to the 2010 Big 12 championship game in Arlington, Texas, as an 18-year-old true freshman, so he knows what this week could be like for some of the Huskers’ underclassmen.
His advice for those NU teammates is pretty simple: Block out everything else involved with the Big Ten championship game and just think about football.
“Just stay focused is the main thing I can tell everybody,” Enunwa said Monday. “I don’t think of it as more than what it is. It’s another game that’s on our schedule, and we really just want to win this game just like we want to win every other game.”
How did Enunwa handle that 2010 game, when Nebraska led Oklahoma 17-0 before losing 23-20?
“I was excited. I played quite a bit,” he said. “But I don’t think that I let it get to my head too much.”
NU junior offensive tackle Jeremiah Sirles played in that 2010 game as a redshirt freshman. He also traveled as a redshirt to the 2009 Big 12 championship game in Arlington, a 13-12 loss to Texas.
“We have experience,” Sirles said. “But, I mean, we’re walking into a whole new venue. Nobody on this team has ever been to the Indianapolis stadium. Wisconsin has been there before. They kind of have a general idea of what to expect.
“We need to stay focused on winning a championship and not all the hype that surrounds the game.”