But Washington has lost 13 of 14 road games against Top 25 opponents.
“It’s nothing against Nebraska and their fans, but this trip is really more about us than them,” Sarkisian said. “It’s our ability to go on the road, regardless of the opponent, and do this thing.”
Price said he’s not worried about playing in the “Sea of Red” at Memorial Stadium. Last year he started in place of an injured Locker against top-ranked Oregon last year at the famously loud Autzen Stadium.
“I’m not worried about the fans or anything,” he said. “I don’t even hear it. It’s about me staying focused and staying locked in and making sure the offense is locked in.”
Nebraska has a lot to prove to itself as it draws closer to the start of its first Big Ten schedule Oct. 1 at No. 7 Wisconsin.
The Huskers need stronger play from their offensive line and more involvement from I-back Rex Burkhead. The defense needs to improve against the run and get more pressure on the quarterback after recording no sacks on 41 pass plays last week.
Nebraska safety Austin Cassidy said he and his teammates are motivated by the bowl loss.
“That loss hurt a lot,” he said, “so I know everyone’s excited to play Washington again. They’re a good team. They were a good team last year. I’m sure especially after they saw our game last week, they’ll be ready to bring it on Saturday.”
Bo Pelini hopes his team is ready, too.
“At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what people say you are, or what you are supposed to be, you have to put it out there,” he said. “I don’t care if you’re a projected All-American or if you’re a first-year guy. You have to go out there and play. That’s what makes this game great. You’re only as good as your last snap. Hopefully our guys learned that.”