October 3, 2006

Huskers gear up for crucial month of October

Nebraska's journey to Iowa State Saturday night to take on the 3-2 Cyclones begins a critical month of football for the Cornhuskers in their quest for a Big 12 North Division championship.

Since spring football ended in April, many fans and media types have been pointing to the Nebraska-Iowa State matchup as "the game" that will likely determine the North Division's representative at the Big 12 Conference championship in Kansas City on Dec. 2.

"It's an early game for the North Division race, but it could have ramifications down the line, as all these games do," Nebraska coach Bill Callahan said Tuesday at his weekly press conference. "We're anxious. We're excited to get up there and play."

Saturday's matchup at Jack Trice Stadium begins a critical stretch of the season that sees the Huskers play three-of-four games on the road - against ISU, Kansas State and Oklahoma State. Nebraska's lone home game in the month of October comes on the 21st against defending national champion Texas.

"We've mentioned that several times," said Callahan. "At the beginning of the year, we pointed out that this would be a very crucial stretch in terms of consistency and winning on the road. We've got back-to-back road games in the Big 12 North and it's important that we do the best we can to come out of this on the positive end."

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