Lincoln -- The No. 12 Nebraska football team began preparations for Saturday’s Big 12 Conference game at No. 16 Texas by working out for two hours in sweats on the grass practice fields adjacent to Memorial Stadium on Monday afternoon.

The Huskers, who enter Saturday’s 11:10 a.m. kickoff with the Longhorns at 7-1 overall and in first place in the Big 12 North Division standings with a 3-1 record, had a solid day of practice, according to Coach Frank Solich.

"We had a very spirited practice. I thought they moved around well today," Solich said. "They want to play a great football game. We know what we are up against. They are an excellent program, an excellent football team and we’re playing on their home field. We are preparing to play a great game because we know we are playing a great team."

Nebraska is coming off its second shutout of the season with a 28-0 win over Iowa State in Lincoln on Saturday. The Huskers raced to a 21-0 lead against the Cyclones and never looked back. Texas (6-2, 3-1) is also coming off shutout, as the Longhorns unleashed a 56-0 white-washing of Baylor on Saturday.

Solich said UT’s talent was among the best the Huskers have faced so far this season.

"We’ve faced some very talented football teams, but these guys do not hold a backseat to anybody," Solich said. "They’ve got talent across the board on both sides of the ball, and it also shows on special teams."

In other news, sophomore free safety Josh Bullocks was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.  Bullocks blocked a punt and returned another punt 26 yards for a touchdown in Nebraska's win over Iowa State on Saturday.

The second Bowl Championship Series rankings of the season were released late Monday afternoon, with Nebraska moving up two spots to No. 9 in the standings. Big 12 South Division power Oklahoma remained No. 1 overall in the poll, while Oklahoma State is ranked 14th, Missouri 20th and Texas 22nd.

The Huskers will continue their preparations for the Longhorns with regular practice on Tuesday afternoon at approximately 3:30 p.m.