Last time I checked, the field is 100 yards long and 53 1/3 yards wide. The goal posts are 10 yards in back of the goal line and the cross bar of the goal post is 10 feet above the playing surface. Each team gets to play 11 players each for any given play.
I also believe the game is still divided into four 15-minute quarters with an approximate 15-minute intermission between the second and third quarter. One team was expected to be here from the beginning of the season, the other, well you know the story.
I think that you get my point; yes this could be considered a prime example of the “David vs. Goliath”, the “us against the world” type of match-up. Even with the coaches you have the ultimate “gosh golly I can’t believe we are here” persona of Mac Brown going up against “the peoples' champion”, the peoples' coach wearing a gray sweatshirt and pair of slacks, smacking gum so furiously that you worry that he might bite the tip of his tongue off.
Everyone has agreed that this was a down year for the Big 12, only UT has lived up to its pre-season hype. So the Big 12 is putting all of its marbles into the UT bag and its senior leader quarterback Colt McCoy (now is that a perfect name for a quarterback from Texas or what?).
If the Huskers manage someway of winning this game, what does that do to the neat tidy package called the BCS? The Huskers win and then what, TCU in the national championship game? What do the TV kings do with that scenario?
Think about it for a second.
You can bet that the 20 kids from Texas on the Huskers' roster would love nothing more than to come to Arlington this Saturday and walk away from Jerry Jones’ new Xanadu play ground with the bragging rights for the upcoming summer back home.
I have to admit to y’all that I do live here in Texas. I have been here in the Houston area for almost 40 years now, since the second Devaney championship back in 1971, so I know quite a bit about Texas football. Yes, it is true that many high school stadiums down here hold 20-25,000 fans.
It is also true that all Mac Brown has to do is basically open UT’s doors and 20-30 of the top high school players are heading at breakneck speed to get into the program every single year.
They do respect the football played up in Lincoln also, especially since Bo arrived two years ago. They know the game well and recognize that what is happening in Huskernation is a force to be reckoned with, both Saturday and for years to come.
What Pelini and his staff have done in his two seasons in Lincoln is truly amazing. He took over a defense that was ranked (if you can call it ranked) in the hundreds in almost all defensive categories and is now ranked in the top 20 in those same categories with basically the same players.
The Huskers also have their own “Goliath” in Ndamukong Suh. Former defensive coordinator Charlie McBride has called Suh one of the best of all time at Nebraska. This comes from a coach who helped mold players such as Grant Winstrom, Trev Alberts, Jared Tomich, Jason Peter, and Mike Brown.
McBride pointed out that besides the athletic ability that Suh possesses, is the fact that he never takes a play off. Suh draws double teams, triple teams and he still makes plays, he is consistent play after play. That is what make Suh special.
To coin another old adage, the Huskers have a puncher's chance this Saturday in Arlington Texas against the vaunted Texas Longhorns. All we have to do is to play a game similar to the game against Oklahoma—low risk, time and field position, basically, to “dance with who brung ya” as Bum Phillips used to say.
History tells us that the Longhorns have owned us since the formation of the Big 12 and Mac Browns arrival in Austin.
But all history is, is a collection of “what has happened” not what is going to happen. They will play the game on Saturday, even if the Longhorns are favored to move on to the national championship game.
Favorites have been upset in the Big 12 championship game before, just ask Oklahoma in 2000 and 2003 or the Huskers in 1996—the first year of the Big 12 championship—when the third-ranked Huskers took on the unranked Texas Longhorns and lost 37-27.
I am not going to make a prediction on this game Saturday night. I am only going to hope that we play with fire, effort and determination and at the end of the game, we all should remember one thing.
It is “not the victory but the action. Not the goal but the game. In the deed the glory”. GBR!