Saturday, October 21, 2006

Huskers trying to hook 'Horns

LINCOLN -- Just got back from a short little visit to the field and I can personally assure you that Memorial Stadium won't be a very fun place to play football this morning -- for either team. Not only is a chilly and misting, but there are occasional strong wind gusts that will make the passing game tricky for both teams.

As always, there are plenty of storylines when Nebraska and Texas meet. Here are a few:

Big 12 supremacy on the line: Well, at least for now. The winner of today's game will be the only remaining unbeaten team in conference play. Of course, that might not mean a whole lot next week -- or if the two teams meet again Dec. 2 in Kansas City.

The 800 club: Nebraska takes the field for the first time as a member of the 800-win club against another 800-victory program in Texas. Doesn't have much to do with this year's meeting, but it's interesting that the two other 800-win programs (Michigan and Notre Dame are also in the club) have also squared off this season.

Breaking the Texas hex: This is a hard one to swallow for most Big Red fans, but the Longhorns have pretty much owned Nebraska since the start of Big 12 Conference play in 1996, winning five of six meetings. The Huskers won the 1999 title game against Texas, but other than that, it's been all burnt orange in the Big 12.

Enough with the pre-hash, on to predictions. Here's what the Independent staff sees happening today in Lincoln:

--Bob Hamar, assistant sports editor: Nebraska 24, Texas 22
--Dale Miller, sports writer: Nebraska 7, Texas 5 (Swami fans, you know what that means)
--Tony Brott, page designer/copy editor: Nebraska 31, Texas 24 (because we wouldn't let him pick the Vikings or the Twins)
--Tony Boone, correspondent: Texas 30, Nebraska 13
--Kevin Schuster, correspondent: Texas 24, Nebraska
--Terry Douglass, sports editor: Nebraska 20, Texas 17

Posted by Terry Douglass @ Saturday, October 21, 2006 ||

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