Posted by Tom Fornelli
Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez suffered an ankle injury during the Cornhuskers win over Missouri last week, and though the injury forced him to miss practice on Monday, Martinez practiced throughout the rest of the week. Which would lead you to believe that Martinez will be ready to play when Nebraska takes on Iowa State this weekend in a game that means a lot more than most of us would have thought when the year began.
That may not be the case, though. According to Bo Pelini, Martinez is getting better, but whether he plays or not will be a game time decision.
"He's getting better each day," Pelini told Husker Extra. "It will be probably a game-time decision, but he's getting better every day."
Which, in my opinion, means that Martinez will be starting for Nebraska on Saturday. This is a very big game for Nebraska, because a loss against Iowa State would completely render last week's victory against Mizzou meaningless, and give Missouri the inside track to the Big 12 title game. It would also drop the Cornhuskers to third in the division, as they'd have the same record as Iowa State, but would lose the tie-breaker.
So, in other words, Nebraska has to win this game or its chances of winning the Big 12 are done. Considering what Iowa State did to Texas in Austin a few weeks ago, it's apparent that this is not a Cyclones team to take for granted, so unless Martinez is incapable of walking on Saturday morning, he'll be playing.