Lincoln Riley expects Nebraska’s best shot when the Huskers roll into Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium this weekend to take on the third-ranked Sooners, who are a heavy favorite despite Scott Frost’s team showing signs of life in recent weeks.
Saturday’s meeting is the first between the two programs since 2010 and is the first taste of the former Big 12 rivalry for Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez.
“He’s a good player. We recruited him a little bit,” Riley said Tuesday. “Very, very athletic. Knew that coming out of his school and if anything, he has improved there. He’s one of those guys, you can have somebody account for him, but sometimes he can beat that guy too. His athleticism jumps off the screen. I think he has really improved as a passer. You can tell they’re settling in with what they want to do with him and he does it well.
“He looks to me improved on the on-script stuff and the things when he gets off script, that’s when he’s really, really good. Good player. He’ll be a big challenge and he’ll be as athletic a guy as we play all year.”
Martinez has thrown three touchdown passes and rushed for two others during Nebraska’s wins over Fordham and Buffalo since a season-opening loss to Illinois. The Huskers have made their biggest strides on defense, Riley says, and have given up just 10 points over the past eight quarters.