October 18, 2006

Strength vs. strength

Strength vs. strength.

When the defending national champion Texas Longhorns take the road this weekend for their first true road test of the season at Nebraska, they likely won't find a Cornhusker team that will try to trick their way to a victory. Instead, the Longhorns expect the Cornhuskers to take the field with the mindset on offense that if they are going to pull off the upset, they are going to need to be able to line up and run the football against the nation's No.2 run defense.

With a ground attack that ranks 11th in the nation with a shade over 207 yards per game, the Huskers aren't going to run away from their identity, even if they are facing a Longhorn team that has essentially stoned every rushing attack they've faced this season.

In a game that ranks among the most intriguing match-ups in the Big 12 for the 2006 season, this subplot ranks as perhaps the most important indicator of who will win the game between top 20 teams.

With weather reports calling for a cold, rainy day in Lincoln on Saturday, the nation could be in for an old fashioned bear-knuckle fight between teams that pride themselves on being strong in the trenches.

The only thing missing is Darrell Royal and Tom Osborne roaming the sidelines.

"They are really a great running attack football team," Texas co-defensive coordinator Gene Chizik said this week.

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