October 2, 2007

NU Notes: Big 12 North an open race

Heading into the 2007, most expected the Big 12 North to be a two-horse race between Nebraska and Missouri.

But five weeks into the regular season, it appears that Kansas State, Kansas and Colorado are all legitimate North contenders along with Mizzou and NU.

Nebraska head coach Bill Callahan said on Tuesday he was not surprised at all to see Colorado beat Oklahoma and Kansas State beat Texas this past weekend.

"It's not surprising in the least," Callahan said. "I remember going down to Kansas State a year ago and playing a really feisty defense. I thought they were good last year and thought they ran the ball as well as anybody in the North, so that's not surprising.

"I thought Colorado's defense was very physical and thought they had the pieces in place on that side of the ball. If you look back statistically at where those teams were at, they were ranked pretty high on the defensive side of the ball. It's just a matter of a unit coming around and really gelling together as a team. I've said many times in here that it's cyclical and I think football is cyclical. I think it comes back around again where other teams improve and show the propensity to make strides in a certain area. It's just all how you adjust and you adapt, and I think those teams have all done a heck of a job, to their credit."

With that said, each week in this Big 12 Conference becomes pivotal. There are no for sure wins for very many teams on the schedule.

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