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Corn Flakes: Will Ameer Abdullah Be Ready For Wisconsin?

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David McGee

Bo Pelini had his weekly press conference, and had the following to say about the status of Ameer Abdullah:


On if senior I-back Ameer Abdullah is back
"We'll see on Saturday, but I anticipate him playing."

On if Abdullah practiced last week
"No, he worked out on the field."

On if he thinks Abdullah is close to being 100 percent
"Yeah, but I'm not a doctor. I don't know how it's going to play out. We go a little bit off of how he's feeling. We'll find out Saturday."

On if Abdullah's absence puts added pressure on Armstrong
"You know, that doesn't change Tommy at all. Tommy knows what he has to do to make our offense click and work. Regardless of who is back there with him, Tommy has tremendous confidence in them. It's not like Ameer is the only running back we have. He's a great player and obviously you want a great player. But we have other pretty capable running backs back there that are in there when he's not in there."

There's a lot of focus on one guy, but that's understandable given what's at stake, and the focus on the Melvin Gordon vs Ameer Abdullah story line. Pelini's answer doesn't provide a whole lot of confidence, but I'm not sure what else he's supposed to say. I know that Husker fans collectively are hoping Abdullah is fine.

Pelini also talked about the the last time Nebraska played Wisconsin:

On how Wisconsin has changed since the 2012 Big Ten Championship Game and how they have stayed the same
"It's interesting because there is a new staff, but it's very similar in what they're doing. It's really the same offense. I mean there are a few wrinkles here and there, but they do a good job. They know what they want to do. They're physical and well-coached, and they execute very well. It hasn't changed a whole lot. And you know what, it was probably a smart move on their part. You come in, you have a defensive guy taking over. Why mess with a good thing? And they haven't. They've done a good job of sticking with what they're doing. I actually spent a lot of time learning, trying to figure out why they were doing things and how they did it. They've put a good product on the field."

On if playing Wisconsin this weekend rekindles any bad memories from the 2012 championship game
"No, it doesn't really rekindle for me. Me personally, I'll never flesh that out. That's something that will always be there. It's hard to flesh that one away. But there's nothing you can do about it. That was one of the most unusual games I've ever been a part of. And frustrating at the same time."

On why he thinks the team struggles on the road against ranked opponents
"It's hard to win on the road against good football teams in tough environments. But I know that those last five games won't have anything to do with what happens on Saturday. The team that executes the best is going to win."

I'll be heading to Madison this Friday. My last trip was a great time... with the exception of the actual game. I will be meeting with some college chums, a couple of which I haven't seen in over a decade. That will take away some of the tension around this game, but I can't help but wonder how much anxiety Nebraska fans have this week.

It's an understatement to say this is a huge game. A whole season of goodness is still right in front of us. Adbullah is a special guy, but he's only one guy. Nebraska's defense has the chance to show they're a special bunch.

I'm just hoping I find out what good fans Wisconsin has after a loss.

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