Final preparations for A&M

Nebraska practiced inside Memorial Stadium today, finalizing preparations for their trip down to Texas A&M. For the Huskers it's a chance to cement the division title. The question is: will they go into the game with the Aggies at full strength?

The last few days of Nebraska's practices in preparing for their road trip to College Station, have been thematic to a degree. The theme being the Texas A&M fight song, blaring over the loud speakers, either on the grass fields or inside of Memorial Stadium.

Based on the reputation of the Aggie faithful and their super organized fans, the head coach thought that this was just one way they could acclimate before heading down to Texas. "It's embedded in my brain right now," Coach Callahan said laughingly, referring to the anthem being played almost throughout their entire practice today.. "We're just getting ready for the festivities, but we've done it all week just to keep our guys focused and get them acclimated to the crowd noise."

One of the reputations the Aggie home field has isn't just from the noise they generate down at Kyle Field, but the fact that unlike most all other hostile atmospheres, the Aggie faithful have a plan. They don't just yell like normal fans. These fans actually practice. "It's pretty organized. In fact, they have yell practice the night before the game and they get about 20 or 30,000."

"They practice and it's pretty well orchestrated."

While the Aggies take center stage, the recent stepping down of Iowa State head coach Dan McCarney has resonated to Lincoln. And it wasn't just coach Callahan's association with McCarney when they were together at Wisconsin under Barry Alvarez. Some of the questions point toward Iowa State now needing to fill a vacancy.

A variety of names have jumped up as to possible candidates for the job, and one of them is Nebraska offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Jay Norvell. The Nebraska head coach said that he was still saddened about McCarney no longer having his post.

"Mac is such a great guy, I just have so much respect for him and what he's accomplished there," Callahan said. "He's not going to be out of work very long. He's a quality guy and an excellent coach. He's done a great job over there."

As to whether or not Norvell had been contacted by Iowa State, coach Callahan said that he wasn't aware of any contact being made by the Cyclones, inquiring about Norvell's potential interest in the job.

One of the many questions surrounding the Huskers as they head down to Texas A&M, isn't who is traveling, but who amongst those traveling will be ready to go. Junior linebacker Corey McKeon has practiced all week, still trying to fully recover from an ankle sprain. Fellow junior linebacker Steve Octavien had practiced every day up to today.

The Husker head coach said that Octavien was "backed down" today, but he is expected to participate in this weekend's contest.

Nebraska will go through a walk through tomorrow and head out of Lincoln either in the early or late afternoon. The weather forecast for Saturday in College Station predicts partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the mid-70s.

Kickoff is scheduled at 2:30 P.M. central time and will be aired regionally on ABC.

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