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Big 12 Championship Pre-Game Thoughts

I wish that I could remember the time when the Nebraska-Oklahoma game was the game of the year. So, all I really know is that this is a great matchup on paper. The game tomorrow will be Nebraska's great offense against Oklahoma's great defense; on the flip-side is Oklahoma's decent offense against Nebraska's decent defense.

The vast majority of sportswriters think that Oklahoma is going to win the game, but I don't think that they understand just how much Nebraska wants to win. Certainly, Oklahoma wants to win the game, which would give them their fourth Big 12 Championship (OU has three, while Texas and Nebraska have only two apiece) and put them in the BCS Fiesta Bowl against Boise State, but I think that it's bigger for Nebraska. We haven't even won the Big 12 North since 1999, and it has been a long seven years since.

In my mind, the bottom line is that Nebraska is going to want a victory more than Oklahoma. That could cause us to play lights-out football, or it could cause us to be jittery and make stupid mistakes. I tend to think that we will mainly do the former, with a few slip-ups into the latter. Nebraska 27, Oklahoma 20.
EDIT (12/2/06, 6:10 a.m.): Tom Shatel of the Omaha World Herald has a great article about today's game here. You will need a login and a password to access it, which you get get from Bug Me Not.


Nebraska has a football team?


Some things never change, right? :)

Apparently not, although I might have become a bigger fan than before I left. I'm *hoping* that you have become less of an anti-fan since you are no longer around so many fans, but perhaps I had best not hold my breath. :)

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