The Huskers hit the practice field for the first time this week during their bye week in preparation for the Big 12 opener against Missouri. Husker tight end Mike McNeil is looking forward to that October 8th game on national TV.
McNeil, a native of Kirkwood, Missouri which is just outside of St. Louis got tired of hearing how the Tigers beat up on the Huskers 52-17 in Lincoln. He’s trying not to get too hyped up with the game still over a week away, but he is ready.
Last year, Missouri beat Nebraska for the first time in 30 years 52-17 in Lincoln and the year before that it was a big measuring stick for the Tigers arriving on the national scene when the beat NU 41-6 in Columbia. However, head coach Bo Pelini is not ready to buy into the hype of this game and downplayed the fact that his team is looking for redemption.
It was hard to call Nebraska-Missouri a rivalry when the Huskers dominated for so many years, but now the Tigers have had the upper hand the last couple of years, you have to believe that this game has a different feel for Husker fans. All Pelini would say is that you could use that word “rivalry” when talking about any game against a Big 12 North opponent.
I can’t help but think this game is going to be big in Pelini’s eyes. Remember last year, he apologized to the entire state of Nebraska for the Huskers performance in that game. Plus, I’m sure some of the players will remember quarterback Chase Daniel’s accusations that he was spit and how he called Nebraska some of the dirtiest players he’s ever played against.