Nebraska and its bottom-of-the-conference defense has a tough task this week in preparing for the suddenly high-flying Illinois offense.
The driving force of that offense is quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase, who leads the Big Ten in passing. But, if things had played out differently a few years back, Scheelhaase might not be in this position. He might be on the other sideline.
Scheelhaase revealed Monday that he was recruited by the Huskers, first under Bill Callahan and then under current head coach Bo Pelini.
"I visited Nebraska a few times, probably as much as any other school besides Illinois," Scheelhaase said Monday. "They originally recruited me under coach Callahan, still recruiting me when coach Pelini came in. I went to a game there when they played No. 1 USC at the time, went to a sold-out spring game there. So I've been around that stadium a couple times.
"I'm obviously excited for the next visit."
Now it's up to Pelini to gameplan for Scheelhaase, a player he could've dressed in red and white.
"We were recruiting him, we thought he was going to be a really good player back then, and I think it's turned out to be that way," Pelini said Tuesday. "I think he's a really good football player. And he's tough. He can run, he's smart, he makes good decisions. I haven't seen him much over the last couple years, but I know right now he's playing really good football. He's a good player."