The #24 Missouri Tigers will play their first home game in conference play this Thursday when the #21 Nebraska Cornhuskers come to Columbia. Game time is set for 8 p.m. This is the first Thursday night game Missouri has hosted since 1992.
Missouri is coming off a 31-21 win against Nevada on September 25 where Blaine Gabbert had 414 yards and three touchdowns. That win helped Missouri go undefeated in non-conference place for the fourth straight season and they have now won 17 straight non-conference games (excluding Bowl games).
Now the focus is on Nebraska and the Thursday night schedule created some changes for Missouri. The Tigers were following a Tuesday practice schedule on Sunday and a Wednesday practice schedule on Monday. Despite the change in schedule, Pinkel likes what the Thursday night game brings to Missouri.
"Thursday night game, that's like Monday Night Football, that's a no a brainer, that's easy," he said. "It's great not only for our football program but for the University of Missouri and the town of Columbia."
And he knows the Tigers will have their hands full with Nebraska as they try to beat the Huskers for the fourth straight time at home and fifth time in seven tries since 2003.
"Nebraska is really a very impressive team, they average about 40 points a game on offense, seven points on defense which has got to be a top ten in the nation, very well coached, very disciplined," he said. "I think they're playing very, very well, very impressed with them on video. You look for weaknesses, I don't see any, they're sound in every area."
Besides the one point loss to Virginia Tech on September 19, Nebraska has dominated their opponents in the other three games. They started the season by knocking off Florida Atlantic 49-3, followed by a 38-9 win against Arkansas State. Nebraska rebounded from the heart breaking loss at Virginia Tech by destroying Louisiana-Lafayette 55-0. They have outscored their opponents 157-28 so far this season.
After Thursday's game, Missouri will travel to Stillwater for a date with Oklahoma State on October 17. It was announced Monday that kickoff for the game in Stillwater will be at 8:15 p.m., making it three straight prime time games for the Tigers.