Readers: This week the eyes of Husker Pride Worldwide are upon the Texas Longhorns. This coming Saturday, the 7-1 Huskers travel to Austin, Texas for a HUGE game with the 6-2 Texas Longhorns.
Lose, and the Huskers may have a tough time winning the Big 12 North Division. A win would put them in the drivers seat.
The Huskers record against the 'Horns is not a good one.
The first time the Huskers faced the Longhorns was 1933 -- 70 years ago in Lincoln. That day, Dana X. Bible's Cornhuskers won 26-0. There wasn't a rematch until Bill Jennings' '59 Huskers lost 0-26 at home. The following year, the Huskers prevailed 14-13 for what to date has been their only win in Austin. Tom Osborne's first team in '73 beat the Longhorns 19-3 in the Cotton Bowl.
The series didn't pick up again until the Huskers faced the Longhorns in '96 in the first Big 12 championship game, losing 27-37 in St. Louis. Two years later, the Huskers lost again at home to the Longhorns 16-20, lost again at Texas in '99 20-24 but got revenge later that year in the Big 12 championship game in San Antonio, 22-6.
And as every Husker fan knows, the Longhorns came to Lincoln last year and, despite a late Husker rally, beat Nebraska 27-24. So over the past 7 years, the Huskers are a dismal 1-4 against the 'Horns.
Will the Huskers' fortunes change this year? Is this year's defense capable of carrying the load for the sputtering Husker offense? Will the special teams do an encore of yesterday's win over Iowa State?
Husker Dan wants your thoughts on how you think the game will go, which team will win and why.
The best responses will be posted on Husker Dan's site later this week on huskerpedia.com.
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