Preprations for Oklahoma continue

With the temperatures dipping, Nebraska went inside as they continue preparations for Saturday's Big 12 Championship game against the Oklahoma Sooners.

The news going into post-practice wasn't about the Oklahoma game, though, rather it was about the game aftewards. Reported from the NU Media Relations Office, it was announced the there was a concrete direction for each of the participants in the Big 12 title game, the loser going to the Cotton Bowl in Dallas and the winner heading to the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona.

Head Coach Bill Callahan wasn't concerned with what was beyond the Oklahoma game, however. "I don't even want to talk about that kind of stuff. I just want to focus in on this game," he said. "That (the bowl games) is all great, but I know where our goals at, what are team is thinking and we're focused on what we have to get accomplished."

One thing the team is trying to get accomplished is getting some players healthy before the game arrives. Sophomore running back Marlon Lucky was held out of practice today, according to the head coach, still nursing a back injury. Fellow sophomore running back Cody Glenn is also nursing one of his own, a foot injury keeping him from being 100 percent. Coach Callahan said of both, though, that they were expected to be ready to go by the game.

Senior offensive lineman Greg Austin and sophomore offensive tackle Matt Slauson, both participated in practice today, and are also expected to be ready for the game.

While the championship game takes precedence, Coach Callahan did say that recruiting wasn't taking a backseat to the game preparations, especially with in-home visits being allowed at this time. "We are out there recruiting. Guys went out right after the game (Colorado), we recruited on Saturday and Sunday," he said. "We flew them back in on Monday. We will be back out tomorrow night and the following night."

"So, I'm really encouraged by the way our staff is working. They have done a tremendous job. To go the extra effort after being here at practice throughout the week, flying out of town after the game, coming back for this game and then going back out on the road this week, it's a tremendous commitment by those fellows."

Coach Callahan said that he hasn't made any in-home visits himself, but plans to this week.

Nebraska will conclude practices tomorrow and they may do their walk through in Memorial, but could wait until they get to Arrowhead stadium and do it there.

The weather forecast continues to worsen as the game approaches, Kansas City currently in a winter storm watch, with snow and freezing rain. The conditions are supposed to become better for Saturday, but the forecast for kickoff is temperatures dipping into the 20s.

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