Game 9: Nebraska at Texas
Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-4, 1-3) at Texas Longhorns (6-2, 2-2)
Saturday, October 27, 2007 · 2:30 p.m. CT
Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium (85,123) · Austin, TX
Radio: 98.1 FM / 1300 AM (Austin)
The Longhorns take the field Saturday winners of back to back contests over the conference's two weakest teams; today, they face a reeling Nebraska squad, losers of three straight with a lame duck coach. Three things to look for today:
1. Dictate on offense. This is a Nebraska team which hasn't stopped anyone since USC visited Lincoln and ran for a thousand yards. Yards are there for the taking, but Texas needs to go after them aggressively. Nebraska has shown no ability to stop hard hitting, decisive runs. Let's see if Texas can get that done today.
2. Keep transitioning the defense towards 2008. We've been starting two seniors at safety; given Erick Jackson's mediocrity, the transition to Ishie must start now. When possible, use Curtis Brown and Chykie Brown to complement Beasley and Palmer for '08. With Thomas Marshall out this week, keep rotating in Ben Alexander to join the DT rotation with Roy Miller next year. I needn't say anything about the linebackers.
3. Win and win big. The 'Horns have a chance to finish this season heading in the right direction, but the schedule gets nastier from here out. After Nebraska, Texas closes at Oklahoma State, vs Texas Tech, and at A&M. Ideally, the 'Horns could win out and pick up a Holiday Bowl berth to play what will be a formidable opponent - either USC, Oregon, Cal, UCLA, or Arizona State. All would be a great game to close out '07.