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Big 12 Media Days - Matt Slauson Wants Revenge Against Mizzou

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Monday was the start of the 2008 Big 12 football media days. Nebraska took three players to meet the media - Joe Ganz, Barry Turner, and Matt Slauson. I'm not 100% sure what it is I like so much about Slauson.

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I don't think it's the face paint. Maybe it's how he talks and yesterday he made some comments worth noting. If you have any doubt about how big the Missouri game will be this fall, look no further than this:

Slauson saved the best for last. Asked which game on the schedule he’s looking forward to most, he bowed his head and closed his eyes as if in some sort of trance. He looked up and spoke calmly. "We’ve been hearing so much about Missouri," almost hissing the word like it was an expletive.He went on to say that last year’s Missouri game — the Tigers’ 41-6 victory in Columbia — more or less marked the beginning of MU’s rise and Nebraska’s demise. "Like the game last year against them when it became apparent that we were having problems. Yeah, we had a loss or two before that. … To lose that bad to Missouri was like a kick in the face to us. So, I would love to get some revenge on them. But, you know, we still have to worry about Western Michigan and all those other teams."

Now I'm not sure how good the 2008 version of the Cornhuskers will be, no one does. Not the coaches, not even the players know what's going to happen when they walk out on the field for those first few games.

I'm sure there are gobs of Mizzou fans (most of whom have just recently come out of some hole in the ground) who believe that all they have to do is show up for the games next season and win the Big 12 North.

It's pretty obvious that Missouri will have a big target on them when they show up in Lincoln for the first conference game of the year. One game doesn't a season make and it could well be that either team has a loss coming into the game. But having Mizzou start out the Big 12 North race at 0-1 would be more than sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!