Kansas University football coach Terry Allen is gearing for his fourth career meeting with Nebraska.
Thrice it immediately has followed a Nebraska loss.
"It is kind of interesting," Allen said Monday on the Big 12 coaches' teleconference. "It's a challenge, but it's always a challenge when you're playing Nebraska. Maybe we should schedule them in back-to-back weeks and maybe we'd be the beneficiary of that."
The past three years, the Cornhuskers have gone into the Kansas game coming off their first loss of the season. Over the last 31/2 years, NU has lost just six games and none in 1997 so the odds of playing the same team in bounce-back week three straight years has to be astronomical, especially since the team that knocked the Huskers from the ranks of the unbeaten has been different every year.
Texas A&M; in '98, Texas last season and Oklahoma this year were the teams that handed NU its first loss.
"It's still the same people, still lining up doing the same things," Allen said. "What have we learned from it? I don't know if we've learned anything. It's still the same football team."
And it's a football team that's ranked No. 5 nationally and has won 31 straight games over the Jayhawks, including three straight bounce-back wins by scores of 35-0, 41-0 and, last year, 24-17.
That one-touchdown loss last year encourages Allen, even though it came in Lawrence. This year, the Jayhawks, who have won just one Big 12 road game under Allen, must go to Lincoln, Neb., to try to play monkey wrench to the Big Red Machine.
"We're an interesting football team," Allen said. "We've been able to respond to adversity pretty well. I think we'll go in there with a pretty good attitude and have a legitimate shot."
Trainer: The Jayhawks took Sunday off and held a light walk-through scrimmage Monday at Memorial Stadium prior to the Demo Bowl. Full-speed practices will resume today.
Injury report: Allen remained confident Monday that all of KU's injured players would be available for Saturday's 2:30 p.m. kickoff. "We think we'll have everyone back," he said. "Some guys might miss some practice this week. We should have (fullback) Moran Norris rejoining us, as well as (defensive tackle) Ervin Holloman."
And the winners are: KU's coaches named the following award-winners for Saturday's Texas Tech game: Dylen Smith, offensive player of the game; Nate Dwyer, defensive player of the game; Victor Bullock, special teams player of the game; Carl Nesmith, hit of the game; David Winbush, play of the game for his touchdown-saving tackle on the three-yard line after a fumble; and Tony Strickland and Harold McClendon, scout teamers of the week.