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Huskers kick off season with high expectations

The Cornhuskers are the clear favorite to win the Big 12 North Division title. It's the first time they've opened the season with such high expectations since 2001.

Updated: August 22, 2006, 12:08 PM ET
By Tim Griffin | Special to ESPN.com

When Nebraska coach Bill Callahan attended Big 12 media day last month with several of his players, he made sure to include a side visit to Arrowhead Stadium.

Considering that Nebraska hasn't appeared in the conference championship game since 1999, a trip to this year's title game site probably was a wise decision. Focusing team leaders on the end of the season was more important than sampling the burnt ends at Arthur Bryant's or checking out the new roller coasters at Worlds of Fun.

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