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Thanks to bye week, three Rams turn attention to NU

October 4, 2008

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— So what do St. Louis Rams players do during their bye week? Watch more football, of course.

There are three Nebraska products on the roster, and two of them plan to make the trip to Lincoln, Neb., to see if the Cornhuskers can run their homefield hex over No. 4 Missouri to 30 years tonight.

Defensive tackle Adam Carriker and kicker Josh Brown will be trying to lend support, while offensive guard Richie Incognito says he'll be watching on TV from his home.

Missouri (4-0) was a 101â2-point favorite to win at Nebraska for the first time since 1978. The Tigers ended a 25-year overall losing streak over Nebraska in 2003 and have won three straight against Nebraska at home, holding the losers without a touchdown for the first time since 1958 in a 41-6 victory last October.

"I'm excited, man," said Carriker, the Rams' first-round pick last year. "Missouri wins one game in, what, five years, and they're talking smack.

"I think it'll be a close game. Missouri has a tough team, I'll give them credit."

Brown's last season at Nebraska (3-1) was 2002, the year before the Tigers finally won 41-24 in Columbia, Mo. He realizes the Cornhuskers haven't been dominant for a while.

"We haven't been 'Nebraska' for some years now, but we still carry that Big Red pride," Brown said. "Bo Pelini has done a good job of motivating again and it's going to take some big games like this for them to find their identity."

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