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Husker Du

November 5, 2008

Now that this is settled, let’s focus our attention on securing this nomination.

It all begins Saturday in the other Memorial Stadium. Nebraska fans are among the classiest in the Big 12, but for KU, it’s been a tough road trip for the past 40 years.

The effort from the Jayhawk running game and defensive line and linebackers impressed me last week. Pressuring the quarterback will be key, but the secondary needs a strong effort.

Joe Ganz threw the ball at will last year, and I don’t think the 2008 offense can score as many points vs. Big Red as last year’s did.

Here are some fun facts and tidbits, courtesy kuathletics.com:

  • TWO YEARS IN A ROW — For the second season in a row, Kansas enters the Nebraska game with a better overall record than the Huskers as the Jayhawks are 6-3, while Nebraska is 5-4.  Last year KU entered the game with an 8-0 mark, while Nebraska was 4-5.  Prior to last year, the last time the Jayhawks entered a meeting with Nebraska with a better record was 1974 when KU was 4-1 and Nebraska 3-2.  The teams had identical records in 1981 (both 5-2) and 2006 (both 3-1).
  • THE KU-NU SERIES — Nebraska leads the all-time series by an 88-23-3 count, including a 42-15-2 advantage in games played in Lincoln.  The Jayhawks have won two of the last three meetings with the loss, a 39-32 overtime decision at Lincoln in 2006.  Prior to KU’s win in 2005, Nebraska had won 36 consecutive games from 1969-2004.
  • THE NATION’S LONGEST UNINTERRUPTED SERIES – Kansas and Nebraska will be meeting for the 103rd consecutive season, making the series the nation’s longest uninterrupted.  Minnesota and Wisconsin have played 101 consecutive times heading into 2008, while Clemson and South Carolina have met 99 straight years before this season.  KU’s series with Kansas State (now 99 straight) and with Oklahoma (96 straight between 1903-97) round out the top five.
  • NATION’S THIRD-MOST PLAYED SERIES — The Kansas-Nebraska series is the third-most played series in the country as the teams will be meeting for the 115th time since the first game in 1892.  Only Minnesota-Wisconsin (117 meetings) and Kansas-Missouri (116 meetings) have met more times than these two programs.

Early prediction: KU 33, Nebraska 24

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