How Nebraska’s defense is preparing for away game against Rutgers

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Nebraska has one less day than usual to prepare for Friday’s away game against Rutgers.

At a press conference Tuesday, defensive coordinator Bill Busch detailed how the Huskers will prepare for the matchup in Piscataway, New Jersey.

“Everything was about competition getting ourselves better because we got a really, really big man’s fight this next Friday night,” he said.

Rutgers is tied for last in the Big Ten East after conference losses to Iowa and No. 3 Ohio State.

But Nebraska hasn’t won a road game since facing the Scarlet Knights in 2020.

Even with one less day to prepare, Busch said the coaches have done a good job to set the team up for success.

“Just praise the coaches and coach Joseph for the plan that we had put together to build together, to build to get these guys in the right spot on this short week,” he said.

Busch added that the Huskers have spent an “extreme” amount of time on film this week, while also preparing physically.

“It’s a fine balance between how you’re going to get these guys ready to play, to have the knowledge of the schemes that they’re going to see or have to defend, then also be fresh enough to be able to do that,” he said.

The Huskers’ last road game ended in disappointment, as Nebraska failed to secure a win against Northwestern.

Busch said the Huskers have been “blocking out any noise” when it comes to where Friday’s game is played.

Instead, the focus has been simple: “getting our guys ready to play.”

And Busch said the team has responded “extremely well.”

Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano is all about toughness, according to Busch, who said that’s how the Scarlet Knights also look on film.

“They’re very good up front; their offensive line is big, thick, physical,” he said. “I mean, they line up, and they’ll run power and physical power game after the run.”

Busch also praised the Rutgers quarterback room, which includes former Husker Noah Vedral.

But last week against Ohio State, Evan Simon got a majority of the snaps. He threw for 74 yards, one touchdown and an interception in 19 attempts.

“They got plenty of skill, and their quarterback’s really good,” he said.  “Doesn’t matter which one we see. They’re all really good.”

A win on Friday would be big for Nebraska, as it is in a six-way tie for first place in the Big Ten West.

That’s thanks to a strong defensive performance against Indiana, in which the team picked up three sacks and an interception.

Offensive coordinator Mark Whipple said he believes the Huskers could win the division.

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Nebraska will play back-to-back road games, as it faces Purdue on Oct. 15.

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