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September 18, 2010

Callahan's take: A true road test

SEATTLE - The Nebraska football team will get their first true test of the season today when they take on Washington at Husky Stadium in Seattle.

There are several different storylines and things to watch as we get closer to kickoff. Here are the five keys to a Husker victory over Washington, along with our Huskeronline.com staff predictions on today's final outcome. NU enters today's match-up as a 3 point favorite over the Huskies.

Strike early

Any time you go on the road to a hostile environment it's important to start fast and take the crowd out of the game as much as possible.

A sellout crowd of over 72,000 is expected to be in Seattle for today's game and it will be important for the Huskers to either make some big plays on offense right out of the gate or force Washington into some early three-and-outs.

If NU can take the crowd out of the game early with a few big plays, I don't see the home field advantage being near as much of a problem for the Huskers.

Don't settle for field goals

In both the Texas and Virginia Tech games a year ago Nebraska's offense crossed the 30 yard line quite frequently, but the only problem is the Huskers settled for nine field goals and didn't score a single touchdown.

This is an area that has to improve if the Huskers want to win some of these bigger games on the road. Settling for 3's instead of 7's will always come back to bite you and Nebraska found out the hard way a year ago.

I think NU will be tested this week in short yardage situations and they need to prove that they can consistently pick up the third-and-short plays that gave them problems a year ago.

Containment on Locker

We all know that Washington's Jake Locker can throw the ball as

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