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Nebraska Preview: Will Huskers See Red Again?
First, the bad news: Saturday's game marks the first true road test at a sold-out, hostile environment for Texas this year. Now, the good news: it's at Nebraska.

Crowder proves that a little bit of film study goes a long way
Austin American-Statesman
Tim Crowder's eureka moment came earlier this year. The Texas defensive end isn't sure of the specific time, just that opponent videos suddenly started telling a much more detailed story.

Nebraska will go far if coach, recruits stay
Austin American-Statesman
It is only halfway into Year 3 of the Bill Callahan Era, and a 19-11 record may have many Cornhusker fans at least privately wondering ... When will Nebraska be Nebraska again?

Questions on explosive plays, preparing for cold weather and helmet stickers
Austin American-Statesman

Austin American-Statesman

9 to 2: You've got better odds playing lottery
Dallas Morning News
Go buy a lottery ticket. You probably have better odds of cashing that in than Texas does of getting to No. 1 or No. 2 in the BCS this season.

Nebraska doesn't feel intimidated by Horns
Dallas Morning News
Nebraska quarterback Zac Taylor said Texas has good team speed "but it's nothing that we haven't seen already" against USC.

For now, Texas still owns Nebraska
San Antonio Express-News
Imagine, back in 1996, that you had access to a time machine. Imagine you fast-forwarded 10 years into the future. Would you be stunned with what you see?

Big Red has picked up a few tricks
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
In recent seasons, defending the Nebraska offense has been a cut-and-dried, one-step proposition. Under former coach Frank Solich, an opponent that stopped the option pulled the plug on Nebraska's points-scoring potential. Likewise, the book on current coach Bill Callahan has been that defenses with a stellar pass rush induce incompletions, interceptions and victories from his West Coast offense.

Horns, Huskers among college football's biggest winners
Houston Chronicle
The high-rent district in college football has another tenant. Membership criteria: 800 victories.

Longhorns ride into cornfields
Daily Texan
When Texas lines up on offense against Nebraska's vaunted Blackshirt defense, they'll be under the leadership of the nation's current Cingular Player of the Week. Colt McCoy beat out Oklahoma State wide receiver Adarius Bowman and two other players to win the award with 39 percent of the vote after throwing for six touchdown passes against Baylor in the 63-31 win. No. 5 Texas has had their way with Nebraska in years past, winning five of the six games they've played since the Big 12's inception. But a win at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb., doesn't come easy, and the Cornhuskers are ranked No. 17 in the country.

Ross rising rapidly after rough start
Daily Texan
Aaron Ross has a smile that is almost as loud as the clothes he wears. That's saying something, considering his teammates say he is the best dressed player on the team. "You guys see me smiling 24/7," Ross said. "There is not a single thing I have to be unhappy about." No one can argue with that.

Beating Texas could resurrect glory days for Nebraska
Daily Texan
The Longhorns travel outside of Texas for the first time this season, and a little more than cold and rain awaits them in Nebraska. The Cornhuskers are quietly trumpeting up their team to the old days. It's not like the national titles and the Heismans went into the broom closet. The rebuilding under Bill Callahan also took longer than some thought. But as it stands now, Nebraska is priming itself for an upset.

Texas' star-studded Colt not playing like a freshman
Lincoln Journal Star
Imagine, if you would, that Nebraska's starting quarterback on Saturday was a home-grown talent. Not some hot shot from the Class A ranks, mind you, but a product of high school football on a much smaller scale. Say he hails from Boone Central in Albion or Southern Valley near Oxford, both Class C-1 schools, and that he has that combination of small-town charm and big-time talent. He's a freshman, and in his first go-around as a college quarterback, he's breaking records and completing passes with the efficiency of a ballyhooed veteran. His team, coming off winning the national championship the year before, is again among the very best in the country. Were that true, the state of Nebraska would be turned on its ear by such a tale. But indeed, that's just what is happening in Texas, where redshirt freshman Colt McCoy, raised on a 10-acre spread outside the tiny Texas town of Buffalo Gap, has in seven starts written a better script than any fictional storyline that might show up on the weekly television series "Friday Night Lights."

Purify making his presence felt
Lincoln Journal Star
Even when he's not "the guy," like he was in junior college, Nebraska wide receiver Maurice Purify finds a way to make his presence known. "Here, I'm just working more of a backup role," Purify said, "and it's working out in my favor." It's worked out pretty well for the Huskers, too. Purify, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound transfer from San Francisco City College, hasn't yet started but enters Saturday's game against No. 5 Texas as Nebraska's second-leading receiver.

McCoy showing that he's another UT thoroughbred
Omaha World-Herald
Finding Tuscola on a Texas map is like finding Waldo in Memorial Stadium. Smack dab in the heart of the Lone Star state, Tuscola, home to about 714 people, is marked by a blinking stoplight. Oh, and Colt McCoy. McCoy would be a big name in Dallas or San Antonio or El Paso. In Tuscola, he's Sam Houston - with a stronger right arm.

Austin pushes through the pain
Omaha World-Herald
At the end of practice, Greg Austin has to remind himself why he keeps going. With braces on both knees, the Nebraska senior offensive guard spends more than an hour a day treating a knee injury that would have ended the career of a lesser man. He undergoes treatments three times a day, more than an hour total, for an injury suffered as a freshman in 2003. So why, after four years of near constant pain, does Austin still punish himself in the name of football?

NU holdovers prove they're not pushovers
Omaha World-Herald
As Andrew Shanle finally joined the Nebraska starting lineup this season, and took a good look around him, the senior free safety saw so many familiar faces. Adam Carriker, Jay Moore and Stewart Bradley came in with him in 2002. Bo Ruud, Corey McKeon and Tierre Green arrived the following year. All before the head coaching change that rocked Husker football. All before the current defensive staff was assembled.

NU Football Notes
Omaha World-Herald

Cornhuskers resurrecting running game
Denver Post
The Nebraska Running Game. RIP, 2005. We all remember it, don't we? College football administered last rites a year ago after the Cornhuskers rushed 22 times for only 21 yards in a 40-15 drubbing at Kansas, their first loss to the Jayhawks in 36 years. Nebraska finished 107th out of 119 teams in rushing. We repeat. That's Nebraska, winner of 15 national rushing titles, 107th in rushing. That's like Exxon finishing 107th in profits. Turns out, however, reports of the Nebraska running game's death were greatly exaggerated.

Football recruiting:

Junior Shugarts is getting an early start
One of the best offensive linemen of the 2008 recruiting class will be J.B. Shugarts of Klein high school (Texas) Early into his junior year, he already has over 15 scholarship offers from the top programs in the country.

Jeremy Gray: Junior DE on the Rise
Jeremy Gray from Sherman High School in Texas has grabbed the attention of several schools over the past couple of weeks. He plays defensive end on defense and tight end on offense. His size could make him a tough match up at either position. Head Coach Drew Young talked about Gray's ability on both sides on the ball.


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