Huskers finish up regular practices
Bo Pelini

Posted Oct 6, 2009

The Huskers went inside Hawks Championship Indoor Center today as they finish up regular preparations for their road-trip to Columbia to face the Missouri Tigers. Head Coach Bo Pelini said that from a health standpoint the team is in good shape and when it comes to expected inclement weather, there's no concern at all.

As the days have grown fewer to the kickoff down in Columbia, the weather forecast has seemingly gotten worse. The latest forecast has thunderstorms predicted for the Columbia area, percentages of precipitation ranging anywhere between 40 and 60 percent for the entire day and evening.

The Husker Head Coach said that it's something, but it's nothing which changes any of the preparations they have. "We can't control that. We are ready for all that," he said. "I know this: they are going to be playing on the same field and in the same weather conditions we are."

Not on the forecast side, but on the rumormill-side is the overall health of the team. With the flu bug seemingly rampant around campuses, there seems to be a rumor that players and potentially key players, are not going to participate in the game. While Pelini admitted that starting running back Roy Helu Jr. didn't practice today due to being a bit under the weather, the reports are completely false. "Somebody brought it to my attention. Somebody said that some news station reported something like that, but there are no issues like that," he said. "That's news to me."

Pelini went onto said that the decision to not practice Helu was just letting him get the rest, but went onto say that he could have practiced, if needed.

The Huskers will particpate in a walkthrough tomorrow before heading down to Columbia, where they will meet the Tigers the following evening in a kickoff slated just after 8:00 pm central time.

Currently, the Huskers actually stand as 2.5 point favorites against Missouri, despite the recent history between the two teams which saw Missouri win in Nebraska last year, 52-17 and win in Columbia the last three times by identical scores of 41-24 each contest.

We will have more later with Bo from his post practice audio on tonight's show, the return of the Big Red Report. Please see the two threads associated with that to make sure you can listen to the stream and then get your questions in so myself or Bryan or both, can address them on the show.

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