Husker Tornado's Game Preview

Check out our latest game preview was the Nebraska Cornhuskers host the Missouri Tigers. The winner has the inside track to the Big 12 North Title.

GAME 10 - November 4th, 2006 -

11:00 AM CT -

ABC (TV) - Lincoln, NE

NEBRASKA (6 - 3) (3-2)


#25 MISSOURI (7 - 2) (3-2)

Player Breakdowns

Missouri Offense

The Missouri Tigers enter this week's game with Nebraska after a disappointing 26-10 loss to Oklahoma in Columbia. The Tigers average 412.89 yards in total offense, placing them 19th in the nation. Missouri also ranks 17th in passing (257.89 ypg), 33rd in passing efficiency (140.17 rating), 42nd rushing (155 ypg), 21st scoring offense (30.56 ppg), and 56th in turnover margin (+ 0.11). Missouri is a team that can move the ball against just about anyone in the country, but shot themselves in the foot a number of times last week against Oklahoma, preventing them from making the game closer.

QB: So. Chase Daniel (196 of 303, 2287 yds, 19 TDs, 8 INTs) has been excellent this year, making the Tiger offense one of the more potent through the air in the nation. Daniel also has been active scrambling out of the pocket. He has rushed for 322 yards on 108 carries, scoring 4 touchdowns. He'll work Coach Gary Pinkel's spread attack from primarily the shotgun formation. His 19 touchdown passes have set a Missouri single season record. He has an outstanding group of receivers at his disposal, one of the best groups in the Big XII conference.

RB: Missouri lacks a dominant running back, as Jr. starter, Tony Temple (128 carries, 662 yds, 3 TDs) leads the charge this season. Temple is an average back with good speed, but isn't an intimidating rusher. Temple suffered a shoulder injury last week against Oklahoma and is questionable for Saturday's game. Behind Temple are Sophomores Earl Goldsmith (23 carries, 102 yds, 1 TD) and Jimmy Jackson (25 carries, 107 yds, 1 TD). Temple, Goldsmith, and Jackson share a similar build of 5'9" and 200 pounds. Goldsmith is expected to get the start this week with Temple not 100%

WR/TE: The Tigers possess one of the more talented receiving crews in the conference, and the biggest reason is the play from the tight ends. Jr. Martin Rucker (32 catches, 284 yds, 3 TDs) and So. Chase Coffman (40 catches, 410 yds, 5 TDs) are young, tall, and fast with excellent hands that are difficult for linebackers to cover. Missouri is solid at wideout as well, with Jr. William Franklin (42 catches, 743 yds, 6 TDs) and Sr. Brad Ekwerekwu (26 catches, 286 yds, 2 TDs) leading the group at "X" and "H", respectively. Franklin is the speedier of the two, while Ekwerekwu probably has the better hands. At "Z" is So. Tommy Saunders (12 catches, 114 yds, 1 TD), another talented wideout. TFr. Jared Perry (25 catches, 257 yds, 2 TDs) has a bright future ahead of him, as he is already becoming an important player in this offense.

OL: The Missouri offensive line has done an adequate job this year. The Tiger line is helping the ground game average 4.2 yards per rush. Through nine games, the line has allowed 11 sacks. QB Chase Daniel has helped keep the sack numbers down with his scrambling ability. Starting on the line at tackle is Jr. Tyler Luellen (6'7", 295 lbs) at left, and Sr. Joel Clinger (6'6", 315 lbs) on the right. At guard is Sp. Ryan Madison (6'5", 300 lbs) on the left side, while Jr. Monte Wyrick (6'5", 325 lbs) resides on the right. Finally, starting at center is Jr. Adam Spieker (6'3", 305 lbs).

Missouri Defense

Entering their tenth game of the season, the Tiger defense ranks 26th nationally in total defense (290.67 ypg), 27th pass defense (167.44 ypg), 26th pass efficiency defense (108.94 rating), 49th rush defense (123.22 ypg), and 20th in scoring defense (15.89 ppg). The rush defense has been slipping over the past few weeks, as teams like Kansas State and Oklahoma have been pounding the rock at the Tigers with a large amount of success.

DL: After playing through nine games, the Missouri defensive line is allowing opponents 3.6 yards per rush. What should be noted is that in the past two games, that average has been just under 5 yards per carry. Starting at defensive end is Sr. Xzavie Johnson (36 tackles, 5 sacks, 1 INT, 1 FR, 7 QBH, 3 PBU) on the left, and So. Stryker Sulak (36 tackles, 1 sack, 1 FR, 5 QBH, 4 PBU) on the right. Sulak has replaced DE Brian Smith (30 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 1 FF, 11 QBH, 5 PBU), arguably the Tigers' best defensive player, after Smith fractured his hip a couple of weeks ago. Top back-ups include Sr. DeMarcus Scott (21 tackles, 0.5 sack, 1 FR, 1 QBH, 2 PBU) and So. Tommy Chavis (12 tackles). In the middle, So. Ziggy Hood (21 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 FF, 3 QBH) starts at DT, with Jr. Lorenzo Williams (29 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 1 FF, 2 FR, 7 QBH, 1 PBU, 2 blkd kicks) starting at NG. Top back-ups in the interior line are Sr. Jamar Smith (27 tackles, 3 QBH) and RFr. Jaron Baston (9 tackles, 2 QBH).

LB: Starting at MLB for the Tigers is Sr. Dedrick Harrington (67 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 1 INT, 1 FF,1 QBH, 1 PBU). Harrington is a great athlete, a former safety that has transitioned well to linebacker. He is backed up by TFr. Sean Weatherspoon (13 tackles, 1 blkd kick). On the outside, Sr. Marcus Bacon (81 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 INTs, 5 FF, 3 FR, 1 QBH, 2 PBU, 1 blkd kick) lines up at WLB, while So. Brock Christopher (59 tackles, 1 FF, 2 QBH, 2 PBU) starts at SLB. Bacon is the top tackler on the team and has a great nose for the ball. Top outside linebacker reserves include RFr. Chad Washington (12 tackles, 1 FF) and So. Steve Redmond (5 tackles, 1 FF, 1 PBU).

DB: Missouri's defensive backs have done well this season. Starting at cornerback is Jr. Darnell Terrell (46 tackles, 1 INT, 1 FF, 7 PBU) and RFr. Hardy Ricks (31 tackles, 1 PBU). Top back-ups include TFr. Del Howard (8 tackles, 2 INTs) and Jr. Paul Simpson (11 tackles). So. Dominique Johnson (11 tackles, 1 sack, 1 PBU) was originally a starter at corner before injuring his knee early in the season. He is out indefinitely. At safety, Sr. David Overstreet (66 tackles, 2 FR, 5 PBU) starts at SS, with Sr. Brandon Massey (41 tackles, 2 INTs, 2 PBU) backing him up. So. William Moore (40 tackles, 1 INT, 1 FR, 4 PBU) starts at SS, and Jr. Cornelius Brown (35 tackles, 0.5 sack, 1 PBU) serves as his back up.

Missouri Special Teams

The Tigers' special team units have been among the bottom of the nation this season. Missouri currently ranks 99th in net punting (31.75 yd avg), 83rd in punt returns (7.14 yd avg), and 86th in kickoff returns (18.65 yd avg).

K: So. Jeff Wolfert has connected on 11 of his 13 attempts, with a long of 44. Jr. Adam Crossett handles kickoff duties and is averaging 60.4 yards, with 15 of his 54 kickoffs downed for a touchback.

P: Jr. Adam Crossett has punted 31 times for an average of 39.6 yards. 9 of his 31 punts have been downed inside of the opponents' 20.

KR/PR: So.'s Earl Goldsmith (10 returns, 20.6 yd avg) and Jimmy Jackson (2 returns, 11.5 yd avg) have been handing kickoff returns over the past few weeks. On punt returns, So. Tommy Saunders (8 returns, 11 yd avg) has taken over responsibility over the past 5 games.

Coverage: The Missouri kick coverage team is allowing 20.7 yards per return on 38 kickoffs. Opponents are averaging just 11.4 yards per punt return on 8 returns.

Nebraska Offense

Nebraska will enter Saturday's game with Missouri following a disastrous 41-29 loss at Oklahoma State, their second loss in a row this season. Nebraska's 436.78 yards per game puts them 8th in the nation in total offense. The Cornhuskers also rank 23rd in passing (247.56 ypg), 8th in pass efficiency (164.95 rating), 16th in rushing (189.22 ypg), 13th in scoring offense (34.22 ppg), and 20th in turnover margin (+ 0.67).

QB: Sr. Zac Taylor (143 of 231, 2065 yds, 18 TDs, 3 INTs) has played well this season, however, struggled last week against Oklahoma State, under much pressure throughout the day. Taylor has not been cool under fire this season, as he has tried too hard to make plays, forcing throws into double coverage, as well as throwing behind and over receivers. When he has had time to throw, however, he has been among the best in the conference. So. back-up Joe Ganz (6 for 12, 93 yds, 2 TDs) has looked decent in his three attempts at mop-up duties, but hasn't seen action since the Troy game.

RB: Nebraska's top four running backs get shuffled around, however, Jr. Brandon Jackson (93 carries, 584 yds, 5 TDs) has separated himself from the pack with impressive performances over the past month. Jackson has shown nice cut back abilities, as well as an affinity for breaking tackles and running over opponents. So.'s Marlon Lucky (88 carries, 523 yds, 6 TDs) and Cody Glenn (65 carries, 345 yds, 6 TDs), now appear to be co-number two's, however each see plenty of carries. Lucky is the team's top home run threat, showing the best north-south speed, while Glenn is the top power back, tough to turn away in short yardage. Jr. Kenny Wilson (69 carries, 313 yds, 3 TDs) has played well, but hasn't done enough to push him out of 4th on the depth chart. The backs are critical in the passing game as well, as Brandon Jackson has caught 15 passes for 175 yards and 1 touchdown, while Marlon Lucky has caught 16 passes for 170 yards. Sr. FB Dane Todd (2 catches, 9 yards, 1 TD) rarely touches the ball, but is a solid lead blocker.

WR/TE: Nebraska's receiving corps is one of the better in the conference top-to-bottom, with a nice mix of deep threats and possession receivers. Jr. Maurice Purify (23 catches, 482 yards, 5 TDs) is the team's biggest target and has become the go to guy for QB Zac Taylor. Jr. Terrence Nunn (28 catches, 437 yds, 1 TD) and So. Nate Swift (13 catches, 216 yds, 1 TD) top the depth chart, however, Swift has not been as big a part of this offense as he was last season. Jr. Frantz Hardy (12 catches, 273 yds, 3 TDs) is arguably the fastest wide-out, a threat to score every time he touches the ball, although his hands have been questionable as of late. So. Todd Peterson (10 catches, 153 yds, 1 TD) is a tall receiver that has sure hands, but doesn't get many opportunities on the field. At TE, Sr. Matt Herian (12 catches, 150 yds, 2 TDs) has played well after missing a year and a half due to a broken leg, however, he has played tentatively after the catch. Jr. J.B. Phillips (12 catches, 75 yds, 2 TDs) is a solid second option at tight end.

OL: Nebraska's running backs are averaging 5.6 yards per carry. The Husker's offensive line play is improved over last season's line, although still gets beat far too often, especially by quick, athletic defensive linemen. Through nine games, the line has allowed 20 sacks. They have given up 13 combined in the past three weeks against Kansas State, Texas, and Oklahoma State. Starting at the tackle positions are Jr. Chris Patrick (6'4", 290 lbs) at LT, and So. Matt Slauson (6'5", 335 lbs) at RT. So. Lydon Murtha (6'7", 315 lbs) and Jr. Carl Nicks (6'5", 325 lbs) will also shuffle in and see a lot of work. Sr. Greg Austin (6'1", 295 lbs), who has started at LG, strained his knee last week and will be out for a number of weeks. Taking his place will be So. Andy Christensen (6'3", 300 lbs.), while So. Mike Huff (6'4", 305 lbs) is at RG. Starting center, Sr. Kurt Mann (6'4", 290 lbs), has struggled with a viral infection for over a month, and is close to 100% now. Jr. Brett Byford (6'3", 300 lbs), will remain the starter in his place until Mann is ready to go at full strength.

Nebraska Defense

Nebraska's Blackshirt defense come into game ten ranked 68th nationally in total defense (339.78 ypg), 83rd pass defense (219.44 ypg), 41st pass efficiency defense (115.52 rating), 44th rush defense (120.33 ypg), and 30th in scoring defense (17.44 ppg). This is uncharacteristic for the Blackshirts, as there have been a number of injuries to the linebackers and defensive backs, making this defense thin and banged up.

DL: Nebraska's defensive line is led by Sr. Adam Carriker (33 tackles, 3 sacks, 11 QBH, 3 PBU, 1 blkd kick) at base end, and Jay Moore (26 tackles, 4 sacks, 4 QBH, 3 PBU) as the open end. Carriker had one of his better games last week, especially early, despite the loss. So. Barry Turner (12 tackles, 1 FR, 4 QBH, 1 PBU) is a quick end and should see more action if the starters can't get more pressure in the backfield. Sr.'s Ola Dagunduro (15 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 blkd kick) and Barry Cryer (22 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 1 FF, 1 QBH, 3 PBU) start at nose tackle and defensive tackle, respectively, and have played well this season. Back-up sophomore tackles Ndamukong Suh (16 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 1 INT, 1 FF) and Ty Steinkuhler (14 tackles, 0.5 sack, 1 FF) have looked good this season, especially Suh, who could see more action soon as well. This is one of the better starting front fours in the country, as Nebraska's opponents currently average 3.8 yards per carry, up from 3.4 after a disastrous day against Oklahoma State.

LB: Nebraska's linebackers have been inconsistent this season, struggling with injuries. Starting at MLB is Jr. Corey McKeon (43 tackles, 1 FF, 1 FR, 2 QBH, 2 PBU). Jr. Lance Brandenburgh (27 tackles, 0.5 sack, 1 FF) has split time with McKeon due to McKeon's ankle injury, and played very well. McKeon's status is unclear, as he has been sitting out of practice this week. Jr. Bo Ruud (46 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT, 2 FF, 2 QBH, 1 PBU) starts at WLB, with Jr. Steve Octavien (19 tackles, 1 FF, 1 PBU) backing him up. Octavien is still being slowed by injuries, but should be ready to go again this week. He is a dynamic player on the field, always flying to the ball. Sr. Stew Bradley (55 tackles, 2 FF, 3 FRs, 1 PBU, 5 QBH) starts at SLB and does not have a healthy back-up, as So. Clayton Sievers has been slowed by injury this season. Brandenburgh has also served as Bradley's back-up this year.

DB: The much maligned defensive backfield for Nebraska has been the biggest weakness of the defense. Cortney Grixby (30 tackles, 1 INT, 1 FF, 1 FR, 6 PBU) is in his third year as starter at WCB, while Jr. Andre Jones (45 tackles, 1 INT, 6 PBU) is the starting SCB. Jones, a JUCO transfer, has done a fair job in 1-A play, but isn't quite a shut down corner yet. Grixby is picked on because of his 5'9" frame, and has not been playing like a typical three year starter. Both corners tend to give up first downs, due to the pillow soft zones, often allowing a 5-8 yard cushion to the opposing receiver. Jr. Tierre Green (48 tackles, 1 INT, 1 FR, 1 PBU) starts at SS and Sr. Andrew Shanle (37 tackles, 3 INTs, 1 FR, 2 PBU, 4 QBH) is the starter at FS. Both safeties had poor games last week and look to improve this week. True freshmen Rickey Thenarse (4 tackles, 1 INT, 1 PBU), Major Culbert (3 tackles), and Corey Young (11 tackles) are getting more playing time in their back-up roles. Thenarse looks like he is going to be a future star for the defense, with his speed and hard hitting. Depth is a major concern as injuries have riddled the defensive backfield, limiting the types of coverages Nebraska can play.

Nebraska Special Teams

Nebraska's special teams play has been very average this year, not nearly as prolific as they were a season ago. The Huskers rank 24th in net punting (37.44 yd avg), 52nd in punt returns (9.15 yd avg), and 106th in kickoff returns (17.40 yd avg).

K: So. Jordan Congdon is 3 for 5 on field goals, with a long of 38. On kickoffs, he averages just 56 yards on 42 attempts (4 touchbacks). He has been disappointing this season after earning freshman All-American honors last season. So. Jake Wesch has taken over kickoff duties. He has averaged 58.8 yards per kickoff, with 1 of his 11 attempts going for a touchback.

P: So. Dan Titchener has played well through seven games. He is averaging 39.6 yards on 43 punts with a long of 58, having 16 punts downed inside the opponents' 20. He has a great leg, and his consistency appears to be improving.

KR/PR: Jr. Brandon Jackson has a 20.2 yard average on his five returns, while Jr. Tierre Green has returned three kickoffs for an average of 19.7 yards, and Jr. Frantz Hardy has returned three punts, averaging 16.3 yards. Punt returning has also been underwhelming. Jr. Terrence Nunn averages 8.5 yards on 18 punt returns, So. Nate Swift has returned 3 punts for an average of 16.7 yards, Jr. Cortney Grixby has averaged 12 yards per return on 3 returns.

Coverage: Nebraska's coverage teams have been mostly solid this season, with just a few busted plays this season. The Huskers kick coverage unit is allowing 17.5 yards on 46 kickoff returns, while the punt return coverage team is allowing a 6.6 yard average on 8 punt returns.

Nebraska's Offense vs. Missouri's Defense

After punting just once in the first half against Oklahoma State last week, the Huskers would turn 180 degrees in the second half, scoring just once in the final seconds of the game when the game was out of hand. Nebraska will yet again play a defense struggling to stop the run, but will need to be more precise in the passing game to pull out a victory.

The Missouri Tigers defense took a bit of a shot two weeks ago when outstanding DE Brian Smith went down with a fractured hip. With him out of the line-up, the Tiger defense has lost a big part of their pass rush. They will be up against a very inconsistent Nebraska offensive line that gave up 5 sacks last week against Oklahoma State.

Nebraska should have success running the football, as Missouri gave up 231 yards on the ground to Oklahoma last week, and 262 yards to Kansas State two weeks ago. Both Oklahoma and Kansas State ran the ball around 50 times each, pounding at the defensive front of Missouri, wearing them down. With Nebraska's talent at running back, the Huskers should expect to get over 200 yards as well.

Nebraska will have their work cut out for them throwing the football against Missouri's defensive backfield. QB Zac Taylor will have to be more accurate than he was last week, when he was often seen overthrowing receivers and throwing behind them. Of course, the lack of protection from the offensive line didn't help matters, as Nebraska's pass protection has been severely lacking.

Missouri's Offense vs. Nebraska's Defense

Missouri, like Oklahoma State, will run a mostly no-huddle offense, keeping opposing defenses on their toes. Missouri's offense struggled last week against Oklahoma last week despite gaining 360 yards. Missouri turned the ball over 4 times, really hurting their chances of winning the game.

The Nebraska defense will need to get pressure on QB Chase Daniel, much like Oklahoma did a week ago. Oklahoma was able to force Daniel into throwing 3 interceptions. Daniel was able to run for 75 yards against the Sooners defense last week, something Nebraska will have to keep an eye on. The Husker defense couldn't stop Oklahoma State's dual threat Bobby Reid, and could have similar troubles against Daniel this week.

Missouri's running game has been weak this season, and there will be a question mark this week as starter Tony Temple may not play due to injury. Earl Goldsmith may get the call, a similar back to Temple in size. Nebraska's typically good rush defense should be able to limit the yardage of the Missouri running backs Saturday, but will need to stop QB Chase Daniel to have a successful day.

In the passing game, Daniel does a great job working out of the shotgun form. He is tough to sack due to his quick feet that have gotten him away from a number of defensive linemen. Daniel is a little undersized at 6 feet even, but does a nice job of getting the ball to his tall receivers. With Nebraska's suspect defensive backs, look for Missouri to hit TE's Martin Rucker and Chase Coffman often. If the Missouri offensive line is able to keep Nebraska away from Daniel, it could be a big day.

Keys to the Game

For Nebraska to Win:
1.) Establish ground game. Missouri's rush defense has been suspect, especially over the past two games.
2.) Missouri QB Chase Daniel must not be able to get out of the pocket and run through the Blackshirts.
3.) Pass Protection has to be there for QB Zac Taylor. Nebraska's offensive line leaked heavily last week.
4.) Defensive backs must step up. Meltdowns last week let Oklahoma State blow the game open.
5.) Must win turnover battle. Missouri's offense is too good to give extra opportunities to.

For Missouri to Win:
1.) Attack Nebraska's secondary, hitting the excellent receiving crew for big yards.
2.) Nebraska had trouble against Oklahoma State's mobile QB Bobby Reid. Designed QB keepers could be successful.
3.) Pressure QB Zac Taylor. He has not performed well under pressure this season, and Nebraska's pass protection has been weak lately.
4.) No turnovers. Turnovers lost last week's game to Oklahoma
5.) Must find a way to run the football.

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Latest Line - Nebraska by 5.

Position Advantages:
QBs: Even
RBs: Nebraska
WR/TE's: Even
OL: Missouri
DL: Nebraska
LB: Even
DB: Missouri
Special Teams: Even
Coaching: Nebraska

Injury Report
CB - Zack Bowman - knee - out for season
CB - Isaiah Fluellen - knee - out for season
MLB - Phillip Dillard - knee - out for season
OLB - Nick Covey - knee - out for season
C - Kurt Mann - virus - probable
CB - Andre Jones - broken knuckle - probable
MLB - Lance Brandenburgh - hand - probable
OG - Greg Austin - leg - out
MLB - Corey McKeon - ankle - questionable
OLB - Steve Octavien - leg - probable

DE - Brian Smith - hip - out for season
DB - Dominique Johnson - knee - out indefinitely
DB - Castine Bridges - teeth - day-to-day
RB - Tony Temple - shoulder - questionable

Game Breakdown & Outlook

Nebraska and Missouri are meeting for the 100th time in series history on Saturday. Nebraska currently holds a 62-36-3 record over Missouri, a stat that has gotten closer over the past three seasons as Missouri has won the last two games in Columbia. Missouri's last victory at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln came in 1978. The winner of Saturday's game will take control of the Big XII north division, and probably play Texas in Kansas City for the conference championship.

Both teams enter Saturday's game coming off disappointing losses. Missouri was defeated at home by Oklahoma 26-10, while Nebraska blew a 16 point lead against Oklahoma State losing 41-29 in Stillwater. Whichever team can put last week's loss behind them will have a mental edge in this game. This could be especially important as Nebraska did not appear mentally in the game through most of last week's game against Oklahoma State.

Nebraska and Missouri match-up well statistically, as the Huskers sport the Big XII's top offense against Missouri's 2nd ranked Big XII defense. Nebraska's 8th ranked defense will match up against Missouri's 5th ranked Big XII offense. The two teams share similar numbers across the board, making this one of the more intriguing match-ups of the week in conference play.

Nebraska's offense is among the best that Missouri has seen this season, if not the best. With the way RB Brandon Jackson has been running (182 yards vs. Oklahoma State last week), along with the rest of the stout Husker rushers, Missouri will have their hands full all game long. The Huskers will need to be more consistent in the passing game to beat the Tigers, a team that has been solid against the pass this season. Nebraska QB Zac Taylor must be more accurate, as he said he was "embarrassed" by his performance against the Cowboys last week. Taylor may have had an off day, but it certainly didn't help matters when his receivers dropped multiple balls that should have been caught. If the Huskers are to win the game Saturday, there cannot be dropped balls and turnovers against a Missouri team that is very capable of quickly striking back after an opponent makes a mistake.

Missouri will want to control the game with their quick throws against a Nebraska defense that gave up a lot of yards after catch to Oklahoma State last week. Since the Tigers' receivers and tight ends will have major advantages over the Nebraska corners and safeties, this game could turn into a shoot-out, something Nebraska will try to avoid at all costs given last week's poor performance in a second half one sided shoot-out. One thing that Missouri doesn't have that Oklahoma State had last week is an outstanding crop of running backs that helped balance the offensive effort against the Huskers. If Missouri cannot run the football in Lincoln, they will likely walk away with a loss. They must get Nebraska to commit to the passing game, however, so these holes may open up for guys that Goldsmith and Johnson.

Nebraska, as usual, will establish their ground game to start things off, and try to wear down Missouri's defensive front. If the Huskers are able to have the kind of success that Kansas State and Oklahoma enjoyed on the ground against the Tigers, the Huskers should be able to win the possession battle and with a few big defensive stops, win this football game. Missouri's best chance to win is if they stack the linebackers tight to the line and fill the gaps, and force Nebraska to beat them behind Zac Taylor's arm. If this becomes the case and Missouri gets pressure to Taylor, the Tigers will likely win this football game. This is must win game for both Nebraska and Missouri, with the winner likely becoming the winner of the North division of the Big XII. The difference in this game will be on the ground, and Nebraska has the better rushing attack. Another advantage Nebraska has is the fact that they will be playing at home, a place that they do not easily surrender games. Nebraska wins a close, medium scoring affair avoiding three consecutive losses to take the lead in the Big XII North.

Nebraska - 31
Missouri - 27

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