Nebraska Huskers use week off to prepare for Virginia Tech and the Big Twelve

Peter RCorrespondent ISeptember 22, 2008

Huskers had a much needed week off for injuries to top defenders to heal. Players needed time to learn more of the new defensive scheme the Nebraska Huskers are looking forward to facing the Virginia Tech Hokies. "I've had this bye week each of the last three or four years, so I'm used to it and I think it comes at a good time" said Coach Bo Pelini. Neither team has earned much respect yet this year, yet the winner will emerge as a respected team and be ranked in next weeks' poll.

If Nebraska wins on Saturday they will earn a small amount of respect from pundits as they prepare for top five Missouri the following week. The Hokies have four straight 10 win seasons under Coach Beamer and a loss in Lincoln would make a fifth more difficult to achieve. Fans of both programs will most likely use the game as a measuring stick of where their programs are headed.

Preparations for Nebraska's fourth straight of five home games continue and the excitement of Husker faithful grows with each day. The Hokies defense under Ed Foster swarms and plugs up running lanes. If Nebraska does not get the ball outside quickly it could spell trouble and keep scores down. The matchup on the other side of the ball could be interesting. A young group of Hokie receivers directed by sophomore quarterback Tyrod Taylor square off against a young and inexperienced group of Husker defenders.

Expect a great game Saturday night under the lights in Memorial Stadium. ABC will carry the game regionally at 7:00 p.m. Central Time. Some markets may carry the Big Ten Penn State Illinois game in its place.