Big 12 fans target Huskers during last go-round

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Gober said K-Staters were agitated for a few days in June after Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne announced the school’s intent to go to the Big Ten and the future of the Big 12 was in limbo.

Before the Big 12 found a way to stay together, without Nebraska and Pac 10-bound Colorado, there was speculation that K-State, Iowa State and even basketball juggernaut Kansas would be without a BCS conference affiliation.

“It was looking like we were going to be hung out to dry,” Gober said. “At first there were a lot of people really, really angry at Tom Osborne. Nebraska was pretty close to destroying the Big 12.”

Nebraska goes to Oklahoma State on Oct. 23. The Huskers and Cowboys don’t have as lengthy a history, though they met every year from 1960-95. Their annual games ended when the Big 12 assigned them to separate divisions.

Iowa State, which has played the Huskers 104 times since 1896 and every year since 1926, is lying in wait Nov. 6.

It’s always a special occasion when the Huskers visit Ames, and it’s an even bigger deal this year, said Chris Williams, who runs the website Cyclonefanatic.com.

“Iowa State has had it out for Nebraska for decades,” Williams said. “The realignment thing comes up and, right or wrong, Nebraska gets painted as the bad guy, and a lot of fans are upset about that. It’s always hot when Nebraska comes to Ames. It’s going to be a lot worse this year.”

Williams said he expects ISU fans to come up with some creative ways to bid adieu to the Huskers.

“Nebraska fans don’t realize what Iowa State fans were going through in June,” Williams said. “They were talking about wiping Iowa State off the planet as far as big-time BCS college athletics go. A lot of people think Nebraska and Tom Osborne are the villain here.”

Nebraska might catch a break Nov. 20 at Texas A&M. Kyle Field can’t get much louder than it always is, and the Huskers and Aggies have only played 13 times.

No matter where the Huskers travel the next nine months, regardless of the sport, they can be sure that hecklers will not let them forget where they’ve been and where they’re going.

“People see it as a last shot to beat Nebraska,” said Gray, the Iowa State fan. “Whenever you have a chance to beat Nebraska going out, it’s something the fans are going to want.”

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