High Expectatios for NU Football

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ It's been almost a decade since Nebraska

went into a football season getting this much love.

The Big Ten-bound Cornhuskers are generally expected to end

their final Big 12 season in the conference championship game. The

coaches put them in the top 10 in their preseason poll and some

pundits suggest they have an outside shot at the national title.

Offensive lineman Keith Williams said it's a sign the

Cornhuskers are relevant again.

The big question is at quarterback. Zac Taylor is battling Cody

Green and Taylor Martinez to keep the starting job after the

offense struggled for most of the 2009 season.

Nebraska opens the season Sept. 4 at home against Western

Kentucky.