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  1. 2010 Oct 26

    Nebraska Battles Mizzou for Big 12 North Supremacy Saturday


    By sportsvoice

    It's been a long time since the Nebraska football team has had a game this meaningful. Last Saturday's 51-41 win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys has given the No. 14 Cornhuskers a chance to pursue greatness the likes of which they haven't seen since the glory days of Husker football.

    But it's only a chance, and certainly no definate thing. Standing in the way of NU's second chance at a Big 12 title and a possible BCS birth are the No. 7 Missouri Tigers, and you can bet that they would like nothing better than to give the Huskers a humiliating home loss as a Big 12 parting gift. Not to mention that a win over NU would solidify their position as a national title contender.

    Nebraska comes into the game somewhat of an enigma. They can be spectacular both offensively and defensively at times, but sometimes they aren't. Their defense was manhandled by Oklahoma State only to have their offensive, which had been similarly dominated the previous week by Texas come up big and save the season.

    Missouri has looked shaky at times this season as well. Before their landmark win against Oklahoma they needed a 69-yard touchdown reception from wide receiver TJ Moe with 51 seconds left in the fourth quarter to beat a scrappy San Diego State team, but unlike the Huskers no one has been able to topple the Tigers yet.

    Oddly enough, though the Tigers will come into Memorial Stadium undefeated and ranked seven spots higher than the Huskers a lot of people are still picking them to lose. MGM and Caesars Palace have Nebraska as a 7 1/2 and 8 point favorite respectively and ESPN's Pat Forde predicted Missouri to fall in his Forde-Yard Dash.

    But prognosticators can predict upsets until they're blue in the face, this is a huge game between two Big 12 contenders and no one can really predict the outcome with any certainty. That's why when the teams take the field in Lincoln, Ne., Saturday at 2:30 pm, Husker fans will be on the edge of their seats.

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