October 17, 2006

Tradition set to collide this weekend in Lincoln

For only the third time in the history of college football, two programs with 800 wins or more will collide on the gridiron when No. 5 Texas and No. 16/17 Nebraska meet Saturday at Memorial Stadium-Tom Osborne Field.

The Longhorns and Huskers enter the 11:10 a.m. contest with identical 6-1 records. Both teams are 3-0 in Big 12 Conference play and atop their respective divisions. Texas leads the Big 12 South Division by one game over Texas A&M and Baylor, while Nebraska is one game ahead of Missouri in the Big 12 North.

"It's going to be really exciting, a great atmosphere," said Husker wide receiver Maurice Purify."

For Nebraska, Saturday's game against the defending national champions is not only an opportunity to take one more step toward a North division title, but it also serves as a measuring stick to see where the Huskers stand in the national scheme of things. A victory on Saturday would go a long way in helping the Huskers garner respect and convince national observers that the program is truly on its way back to the elite echelon of college football.

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