Nebraska-Missouri, this Saturday at 2:30. Head coach Bo Pelini knows the Big 12 North title is on the line with this game saying the title must travel through either team and he is correct, this will be the toughest matchup each team faces this season.
If you’re concerned with the Huskers defense following the 41 points put up by Oklahoma State, Pelini admits there were some missed tackles which can be corrected, but OSU’s tempo was more of an issue. That shouldn’t be an issue this week against Missouri. The Tigers run a no-huddle offense, but they take their time getting situated which should help NU in substitutions
On offense, overall, Pelini was very happy with the play of the offensive line, after the number of yard Taylor Martinez was able to put up, who wouldn’t be pleased with their play. This weekend, will be without a doubt, the Huskers toughest challenge offensively.
Missouri is 23rd in the nation in run defense and 38th in total defense. 5th in the country in scoring defense, 9th in sacks and 16th in interceptions will 11 and they’ve forced 17 turnovers, good for 16th in the country.
Now at the same time, the Huskers continue to be one of the more dominating run offenses in the country, 4th with 290 yards per game and 17th in the country in total offense and 10th in scoring at almost 39 points a game.
There are so many parallels with these two teams. Both quarterbacks Martinez and Mizzou’s Blaine Gabbert were named co-Big 12 offensive players of the week and both we named semifinalists to the Davey O’Brien National Quarterbacks Award.