Team preview: Nebraska

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It's a short list of coaches who are on a bigger hot seat than Nebraska's Bill Callahan this fall.

Sure, the expectations are through the roof for boy wonder Urban Meyer at Florida. And Charlie Weis, "Mr. Multiple Super Bowl Rings" himself, will be under the gun from day one at Notre Dame.

But other than those two gentlemen, no one will face more scrutiny than Callahan, whose first team in Lincoln went 5-6 and didn't reach a bowl game. That's right, Nebraska was home for the holidays last year and the Cornhusker faithful started to ask "why" was Callahan brought into the program to replace the highly successful Frank Solich (58-19 career record at Nebraska).

Solich won with a ground-based attack, just as Tom Osborne had before him. But, the school's powers that be saw how other traditional run-oriented schools (i.e. Oklahoma, USC, Texas and Georgia) had gone with more wide-open passing attacks with great success and they wanted to suit.