Bill Callahan is one confident
head coach. Why shouldn't he be? Callahan is entering his third season at
"We're projected to win the North Division, and it's awfully competitive in this juncture within our own division," Callahan said at the Big 12 media days on Monday. "We're on schedule in my opinion. We're more improved. We're more consistent."
The Huskers ended last season with
three straight victories, including an impressive Alamo Bowl victory over fellow
"It certainly was a great finish
to last season culminating in the Bowl victory against
"We're back," Bowman said at the Big 12 media days with a smile on his face. "Even the fans have the sense that we're back," Bowman said.
Though brimming with confidence, Callahan talked about what his Huskers must improve on in '06. The number one priority: The running game.
"We were not efficient enough in our running game from a production standpoint. We needed to do a better job with the efficiency of the running attack," Callahan said.
In 2005, Cory Ross led
"We'll play the best back. Whether it's by committee, whether it's two, three, four, five, however it shakes out, that's our goal," Callahan said.
Not only does
"We've got a number of young players that are starting to emerge and starting to come onto the scene," Callahan said.
"We've got good experience. We're bigger, square, much thicker inside than we've been in the last two years and of course outside we feel we've got more continuity in terms of our tackle play," Callahan said.
"It's just a team bond that we have. Last year we were young and we kind of didn't know what we could do. At the end of the season, we started to play together and we started to hang out more off the field. I trusted the guys beside me. With trust you build confidence. Then you can do anything," Bowman said.
On October 7, Callahan will lead his confident Huskers into Jack Trice Stadium for a showdown between Big 12 North powers which may decide who makes the return trip to Kansas City.