Huskers take aim at Ohio State showdown in Lincoln

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LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) -- As the University of Nebraska prepares to bask in the spotlight of ESPN's College GameDay, the Huskers have their eye firmly on putting their best effort on the field Saturday against Big Ten East giant Ohio State.

Nebraska Football Coach Scott Frost talks Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, about the team's big week ahead preparing to take on Ohio State on Saturday. (WOWT)

"Regardless of how this game goes, this is special," Head Coach Scott Frost said during Monday's post-practice press conference. "There's some big things coming for Nebraska."

The Huskers found a way to finish on Saturday claiming a 42-38 road win over Illinois to launch the conference campaign.

"Penalties are easy to address," Frost said. "...(but) you can't give good teams those opportunities."

Now the Big Ten bares its teeth as Nebraska gets set to host an undefeated Ohio State under the lights at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Lincoln.

The Buckeyes put 76 points on the board against Miami of Ohio last Saturday, the latest addition to the 214 points they've scored on their way to a 4-0 mark to open the season.

"They're really good on offense, really good on defense, really good on special teams," Frost said.

Nebraska blackshirts will have their eye on Ohio State Quarterback Justin Fields, he said, but not only him.

"They've got playmakers all over the field to help him," Frost said.

Nebraska comes into the showdown with a 3-1 record and the weight of 900 all-time wins in their pocket after prevailing in Champaign Saturday night. The Huskers collected 690 yards on 98 plays against the Illini with a 15-3 edge on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter to seal their 1-0 conference start.

"Bad teams will lose a game like that, and good teams will find a way even in a sloppy game," Linebacker Mo Barry said Monday.

Despite some mistakes, Frost said he was pleased with his quarterback this weekend.

"I saw the Adrian I expected to see," he said.

Martinez said he was just keeping after it.

"You can't get it all back in one play," Martinez said Monday. "You have to take it one play at a time and just chop at it."

By all accounts, the team had a good practice Monday.

"The guys came to work today," Martinez said. "I think our mind was in the right place."

ESPN will add some sparks to the heavy metal clash this weekend as it brings its College Game Day roadshow to Lincoln to set the stage for the Huskers and Buckeyes.

"If we weren't improving and going in a good direction, we wouldn't have (ESPN) coming into town," Frost said.

The team will remain focused on the field, but definitely have an appreciation for what GameDay means to the fans.

"We like it when things get loud," Barry said.