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Nebraska has won a nation-leading 27 straight openers, and the margin has been at least 10 points in 26 of them. Even if Saturday night's game against Wyoming turns out the same way - the No. 18 Cornhuskers are four-touchdown favorites - the coaching staff expects to have a much better idea how the pieces of its young defense fit together. Coach Bo Pelini said Monday the Cowboys' spread offense offers a good test. Third-year starting quarterback Brett Smith is one of the nation's top returning passers. He averaged 308 yards in total offense and threw 27 touchdown passes against six interceptions. Two years ago, in the fourth game of his freshman season, Smith threw for 166 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-14 loss to a ninth-ranked Nebraska in Laramie, Wyo. ''He's very poised,'' Pelini said. ''I don't know what he runs, but he's very elusive in the pocket and he buys time. He's a really good player. I thought that going into that game, and I remember coming out I was very impress...
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