When you are in a division with the likes of the reigning defending champion Ohio State Buckeyes, Michigan State Spartans and Michigan Wolverines (thanks, Jim Harbaugh), there is a good chance that you will get overlooked.
Like many schools in the Big Ten, that is the case with the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
However, with a rich football history, the Cornhuskers aren’t used to being overshadowed by their conference foes and linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey says that his team feels disrespected because of the lack of attention in 2015.
The Cornhuskers aren’t a popular pick by the experts, and Nebraska’s players are taking notice.
“It’s easy for us to say, ‘Don’t read the headlines, don’t listen to what people are saying,'” Rose-Ivey said, via Husker Extra. “But to be blatantly honest, in some ways, we feel disrespected.
“We understand what we have as a team offensively and defensively. We understand a lot of people aren’t counting on us to do much coming out of the West and whatnot. But that’s why you have to play the games.
“I’m looking forward to us playing games and putting a product out there that is going to surprise a lot of people.”
Last season, the Cornhuskers went 9-4 (5-3, Big Ten).
It will be interesting to see whether the Cornhuskers can overcome the media’s expectations, but you can count on the team rallying together as they fight to prove the doubters wrong.
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