Oklahoman Modified: July 28, 2009 at 8:39 am •  Published: July 28, 2009
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Nebraska
→What they said: "That’s all I talk about (the Nebraska tradition). We embrace the tradition, we celebrate the tradition. It’s about putting on the pads and representing that end the right way, and the only way to do that is go to work every day and do what you’re supposed to do.” — Nebraska coach Bo Pelini

→Reality check: The Cornhuskers finished with a flourish in Pelini’s first season last year, winning six of their final seven games, but they are nowhere close to being the Old Nebraska — offensively, defensively or special teams.

Oklahoma State
→What they said: "We’ve worked hard over the last few years (to improve defensively) because of all the notoriety that our offense has gotten. Defensively, we’ve acquired more speed, more athleticism and our leadership that we’re getting this year from Perrish Cox, Andre Sexton, Derek Burton, Pat Lavine and those guys helps us to alleviate the split between an offense and defense.” — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy

→Reality check: If the Cowboys’ defense is half as good as their offense, their fourth 10-win season awaits.

Iowa State
→What they said: "I think my vision is developing a championship program and developing a team of winning football and winning players and quality young men.

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