Nebraska finishes up preparations for Iowa St

Nebraska finished up preparations for Iowa State inside Memorial Stadium. The Huskers look to stay perfect in Division play as they travel to Ames tomorrow.

After a full week's worth of practices on the grass fields outside of Hawk's Championship Center, the Huskers went inside Memorial Stadium today, working with crowd noise to simulate what they will confront on the road.

One question that has developed over the week has been if senior center Kurt Mann would travel with the team. Head coach Bill Callahan confirmed that he would, and said that that he could contribute if needed. "He practiced all week. By and large he's gut it out in preparing himself and I'm really proud of him," Callahan said of Mann.

Coach Callahan did say that Brett Byford would still have the start for this game.

Junior linebacker Steve Octavien's status is not as certain, Octavien undergoing an MRI today for a lingering hamstring problem. Coach Callahan said that he didn't know what his status was for this game of the immediate future as he was going to get the results of that MRI later on this evening.

The travel roster will be 70 strong, that the number allowed within conference play. The team will travel to Des Moines tomorrow and do their walkthrough that following morning.

Kickoff for the game is slated for 7 P.M. central time. The Huskers are currently favored over the Cyclones by seven points, but haven't won in Ames since the 2000-01 season when Nebraska topped ISU 48-14. The Huskers lead the series with a record of 82-16-2.

Saturday's weather forecast in Ames is: Mostly clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Low in the upper 50s. South wind 10 to 20 mph and gusty.

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