Huskers head outside, preparing for cold K.C.

With the temperatures expected to be in the teens for Saturday night's Big 12 Championship game, the Huskers went outside today as they finalized preparations for their upcoming contest with Oklahoma.

20 degrees wouldn't be considered ideal practice conditions, but for the Huskers, it was just what they needed today. With the weather expected to be even colder for the Saturday night game against Oklahoma, head coach Bill Callahan said that this was what they needed to get ready. "It was good to be out in the weather and the elements," he said. "We got acclimated. It will be the same type of atmosphere Saturday night, so it was good to get out."

When weather starts playing a factor in games, the assumption is that it changes what teams do, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Coach Callahan couldn't say whether or not that would be the case. "I really don't think that's a problem," he said of being able to run his entire offense in a game like this. "I think it just depends."

"I know in pro ball you prepare for everything and you call it. There's not a hesitation whatsoever."

The weather won't be good, but Nebraska's situation got a bit better at running back today with the return of sophomore running back Marlon Lucky. Fellow sophomore running back Cody Glenn didn't practice today, but Coach Callahan said that he was still hopeful Glenn would be ready for the game this weekend.

On the offensive line both senior Greg Austin and sophomore Matt Slauson have practiced the entire week. Junior offensive tackle Carl Nicks took Slauson's place at right guard last week as he was recovering from an ankle injury. Coach Callahan said that it hasn't been determined yet whether or not Slauson will get the start at right guard, but Nicks has done well in his place. "Everything that he did was very solid," Callahan said of Nicks' performance against Colorado. "Run and pass technique was very good, so we are very encouraged by that."

Nebraska is expected to leave Lincoln early afternoon tomorrow for Kansas City. The team may do a walkthrough at Memorial Stadium before they leave or at Arrowhead Stadium, perhaps early Saturday before the game.

The forecast in Kansas City currently has snow accumulating throughout the night, reaching an estimated seven to 12 inches with temperatures in the low teens. The forecast for Friday is for clearer weather, but temperatures getting only in the mid-20s. For game day it's again supposed to be clearer, but still cold, the temperatures expected to be in the low-teens with a northwest wind of five to 10 mph.

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