No. 4 Missouri (4-0) at Nebraska (3-1), 8:10 p.m. (CST) on ESPN
Line: Missouri by 10 1/2.
Series Record: Nebraska leads 63-35-3.
Last Meeting: 2007, Missouri 41-6.
What's at Stake
The winner gets a jump in the Big 12 North race and Missouri QB Chase Daniel gets prime-time exposure for his Heisman Trophy bid. For the good of Nebraska's fragile psyche, the Cornhuskers need a win or a strong showing after last week's disappointing home loss to Virginia Tech.
The Huskers' running game against Missouri's defense. Nebraska must keep Daniel and the nation's second-ranked offense off the field if it's going to have a chance. The Huskers' ground attack has been weak against quality opponents, and offensive coordinator Shawn Watson has not shown much patience with it. Marlon Lucky and Roy Helu Jr. need to step up against a Tiger defense that is holding opponents to under 100 yards rushing.
Players to watch
Missouri: Jeremy Maclin will be on the field a lot as a WR and kick and punt return man. His 193.5 average in all-purpose yards leads the Big 12 and is fifth in the nation. Opponents in the last three games have tried to limit his impact by pooch and squib kicking, but he caught a combined 20 balls for 340 yards and 3 TDs in those games.
Nebraska: QB Joe Ganz leads Nebraska's effort to play keep-away. He's thrown a Big 12-high four interceptions, including a bad one in his own end of the field last week that set up a Virginia Tech touchdown.
Facts & Figures
Missouri hasn't won in Lincoln since 1978, when the Tigers ended the Huskers' national championship hopes with a 35-31 victory. ... The Huskers' are 0-9 against Top 10 opponents since beating Oklahoma in 2001. ... Nebraska has scored at least 30 points in seven straight games. ... Missouri has scored on its first possession of each game this season. ... The Tigers have trailed for just 13 seconds in four games. Illinois took a 13-10 lead, but Missouri was back ahead after Maclin returned the ensuing kickoff 99 yards.
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