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|Zach|
09-30-2008, 11:31 PM
Biggest ****ing preview I have ever seen in my life. Enjoy. ROFL!

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This is from Haymarket Husker on Huskerpedia.com

Week 5 - Missouri preview
First and foremost: This ain't your daddy's Missouri.

NU hasn't lost to Mizzou in Lincoln since 1978. That was a huge upset, 35-31.

If MU wins in Lincoln 30 years later, however, it won't be an upset at all.

Mizzou hammered NU 41-6 last season in Columbia, its third straight 17+ point win against the Huskers in Columbia. Mizzou hasn't broken through in Lincoln yet under Coach Pinkel, though, but Saturday represents the Tigers' best shot. Mizzou is an 11-point favorite, perhaps the first time Mizzou has been favored in Lincoln since 1960.

Mizzou is for real. NU definitely has a chance at home to win this one, but Mizzou is a double-digit favorite for several legitimate reasons, led by QB Chase Daniel, who's been almost flawless this season. He looked like a skittish sophomore during his 2006 trip to Lincoln. This time, however, he enters Memorial Stadium as a steady senior.

NU will have to play significantly better than it has at any point this season -- or probably over the past 2 or 3 seasons -- to pull the upset.

MIZZOU IN 2008

Mizzou 52, Illinois 42
Mizzou dominated the Illini for most of this game, although UI caught Mizzou sleepwalking a bit in the third quarter and pulled to within 10. Illinois had two possessions trailing by 10, but Mizzou's defense woke up in time to turn the Illini away.

Mizzou 52, SE Mo St 3
This was an utter mismatch. No point in discussing it any further.

Mizzou 69, Nevada 17
MU hammered Nevada, again an utter mismatch. It's just depressing to discuss this one further, especially if you watched it. Mizzou's dominance was downright frightening, especially in the 2nd half.

Mizzou 42, Buffalo 21
Coach Gill's Bulls made Mizzou sweat, employing an interesting strategy from d-coordinator Jimmy Williams. Buffalo allowed Mizzou's receivers to catch the ball short and then punished them, causing three fumbles. They also hit Daniel a lot. It didn't result in a win, and Mizzou still had almost 600 yards in total offense, but Mizzou scored only 42 points, its lowest total of the season.

STATISTICAL COMPARISON
NU and Mizzou have played somewhat similar schedules: Va Tech and Illinois are comparable and W Mich and Buffalo are comparable. Nevada is better than San Jose St & N Mex St, but SE Mo St is worse. What does all of that mean? These statistical measurements should provide a meaningful comparison.

MU...........Stat Category...........NU
191.3 (31st)....Rush Off...(57th) 155.5
404.3 (2nd).....Pass Off...(24th) 265.5
595.5 (2nd)....Total Off...(33rd) 421.0
53.8 (2nd).....Score Off...(17th) 37.5

99.0 (24th)....Rush Def...(35th) 109.8
(58th)........Pass Eff Def.......(55th)
378.5 (79th)...Total Def...(64th) 354.8
20.8 (47th)....Score Def...(40th) 19.5

+0.5 (40th)...Turnovers...(75th) -0.25
9.00 (2nd).......TFL.......(29th) 6.50
2.75 (14th).....Sacks......(14th) 2.75
0.50 (8th)..Sacks Allowed..(35th) 1.25

48.8 (17th)...3rd Down Off...(85th) 35.6
34.3 (45th)...3rd Down Def...(63rd) 38.5
73.7 (14/19)..Red Zone TD Off. (12/17) 70.6
40.0 (4/10)...Red Zone TD Def.. (8/20) 40.0
Some statistical oddities:

Daniel completed a Big XII record 20 consecutive passes against Buffalo.

Daniel ranks 4th nationally with a passer rating of 193.4 ... but he's only 3rd in the Big XII. He ranks 4th nationally in total offense at 371.5.

Maclin is 5th nationally in all-purpose yards (193.5 per game).

Mizzou ranks first in the Big XII in total offense and last in total defense. However, Mizzou ranks 6th in the Big XII in scoring defense, meaning they give up some yards, but not many points.

LEADING MIZZOU INDIVIDUALS
MU's offense almost looks like a video game, because they make it look so easy. Their passing game is lethal, but if you forget about the run game, they'll hurt you there, too. Their O-Line uses the wide splits very efficiently, and Mizzou's offense is designed to pass the ball quickly, making it tough to sack the QB (Mizzou ranks 8th nationally in fewest sacks allowed). Their special teams are dangerous behind Jeremy Maclin, too. And defensively, they give up a lot of yards, but they force turnovers and score defensively - high risk, high reward type of defense.

But Mizzou's success over the past 1 1/2 seasons is all about the offense. The Tigers have scored a ton of points against everyone the past 20 games, and this year might be their best offensive team yet.

Rushing
The Tigers don't miss Tony Temple much; Washington has been very good, averaging 6.8 yards per carry. He has good quickness and can get tough yards when needed ... and he's scored 8 rushing TDs in just four games along with a receiving TD, ranking him 2nd nationally with 13.5 points per game. Daniel also is a very good runner, although MU hasn't used him much to carry the ball this season ... they haven't had to. The Tigers will use Maclin on reverses, too, although he hasn't broken a big gainer yet.

2008 STAT LEADERS
Washington 53-361, 8 TD
Jackson, Jimmy 20-129, 1 TD
Daniel 14-74, 0 TD
Maclin 8-43, 1 TD

Passing
Chase Daniel is as good of a QB as there is in college football. He understands Mizzou's offense, he spreads the ball around, he's very accurate both on the run and in the pocket, he's elusive and can run for first downs when needed, and he eats his ... never mind. The guy has completed 75.9% of his passes this season, and he'd be well over 80% if he hadn't had several dropped passes. Not only does he complete passes, but his pin-point accuracy usually hits his receivers in stride, which makes blazing fast guys like Maclin absolutely lethal. Daniel rarely gets sacked, just once all season, in 133 pass attempts. His TD-to-INT ratio is 12-to-1.

The best news about Daniel? He graduates this season.

2008 STAT LEADERS
Daniel 101-for-133, 1 INT, 12 TD, 1412 yards, 353 yd per game

Receiving
Mizzou has plenty of targets for Daniel, and he spreads the ball around well. Four Mizzou WRs have more than 65 yards per game receiving this season and at least 13.5 yards per catch - I'm counting Coffman as a WR ... a really big WR. Coffman is surprisingly elusive as a runner after the catch, and he's hurdled at least three defenders while advancing the ball downfield that I've seen this season. Maclin might be the most dangerous player in college football - a tremendous mixture of speed and elusiveness. Thanks to the first two receivers, Saunders and Perry both see a ton of single coverage, and they take advantage, getting down the field. The Tigers also throw to the running backs on occasion, although they really don't need to, maybe 2-3 times per game.

2008 STAT LEADERS
Coffman 28-379, 3 TD, 13.5 per catch
Maclin 26-391, 4 TD, 15.0 per catch
Saunders 19-308, 2 TD, 16.2 per catch
Perry 16-270, 2 TD, 16.9 per catch
Washington 7-79, 1 TD, 11.3 per catch

Returns
Maclin might be the most dangerous return man in the entire country. With NU's struggles on punt and kick coverage so far this season, NU will want to kick away from him whenever possible, especially on kickoffs, where Maclin already has a 99-yd TD this season. Hopefully Adi can keep banging kicks into the end zone Saturday. Maclin hasn't scored yet on a punt return, but his longest return this season is 46 yards. He had 2 TD punt returns last season and 1 TD kickoff return last season.

2008 STAT LEADERS
PUNT-Maclin 12 ret, 10.2 avg, 0 TD
KICK-Maclin 7 ret, 31.0 avg, 1 TD

Kicking
Jeff Woffert is a very good kicker for Mizzou, having hit 6 of his 7 FGs already and all 27 extra point attempts. Woffert ranks 1st nationally among kickers in scoring with 11.25 points per game. More impressively, Woffert has made 3 of 4 FGs from 43+ yards out - his only miss of the season was a 53-yarder against Buffalo. Woffert was outstanding last year, too, hitting 21-of-25 FGs and all 67 of his XPs.

Woffert has shown a strong leg on kickoffs, too, with 22.9% of his kickoffs going for touchbacks. Mizzou's opponents have started their drives after kickoffs on average at the 27-yard line, as Mizzou has struggled a little bit in covering kickoffs, including giving up a TD to Illinois.

Contrary to rumors, Mizzou does have a punter. Jake Harry has hit 3 of his 9 punts inside the 20 yard line (33%).

2008 STAT LEADERS
PK-Woffert 6-7 FG, 27-27 XP
PUNT-Harry 9 punts, 42.6 avg, 0 blocked ... OPP 3 returns, 4.7 avg
KICKOFF-Woffert 35 kickoffs, 8 touchbacks

Tackles
Mizzou's defense is the team's weakness, but when your offense and special teams are as good as the Tigers' units are, the defense almost can't help but be the third best unit. Weatherspoon is the heart of this defense - he leads the team by a mile in both tackles and tackles for loss, and he ranks 4th nationally in tackles per game with 12.0. He's scored twice on INT returns, which leads the nation. He led Mizzou in tackles last season with 130. He's also a very emotional, bordering on cocky, player, who, on occasion, will lose his cool. However, his multitude of good plays easily surpasses any negatives he brings.

The safety Moore is outstanding, too, even though the numbers aren't great this season. He has 16 tackles, but he did not play against Buffalo because of injury. He should be OK for the NU game.

One area where Mizzou's defense hasn't been great is in forcing fumbles - Mizzou has forced only 3 in four games, recovering 2.

2008 STAT LEADERS
Weatherspoon 48
Garrett 27
Christopher 25
Gettis 23

Tackles for loss
Weatherspoon comes on the blitz quite a bit for Mizzou, and he's effective with 8 tackles for loss in 4 games. (He'll also draw the TE in man-to-man coverage at times, he's a very versatile player. However, he will bite on play action at times.) Sulak and Christopher put great pressure on the QB from the DE spots as well, combining for four sacks. Mizzou has 11 sacks already. Mizzou brings a ton of pressure from LBs and DBs, and they're always going after the QB. High risk, high reward type of defense much of the time. So far this season, the risks have paid off most of the time.

2008 STAT LEADERS
Weatherspoon 2.5 sacks, 8 TFL
Sulak 3.0 sacks, 5.5 TFL
Christopher 1.0 sacks, 4.0 TFL
Hood 2.0 sacks, 4.0 TFL
Chavis 2.0 sacks, 3.0 TFL

Passes defended
Weatherspoon is very good in coverage, too, with the 3 INTs mentioned earlier and with 3 other passes broken up. Rutland and Bridges have combined to have seven passes broken up.

3RD DOWN CONVERSIONS
Mizzou is one of the top teams in the country in converting 3rd downs, ranking 17th at 48.8%. Defensively, Mizzou is closer to the middle of the pack, allowing opponents to convert 34.3% of 3rd down plays (45th nationally).

What's a little frightening is that Mizzou hasn't faced many 3rd downs - especially considering how many plays the Tigers run in their spread attack. Probably the most interesting aspect of this statistic is how rarely Mizzou faces 3rd and long, especially for a team that throws it so much. Of course, when you rarely have incomplete passes, you don't have many 3rd & 10 situations, even if you throw on almost every down.

When MU does face 3rd & long, they're converting 56% with Daniel in the game. Not much bothers Mizzou under Daniel.

Here's how Mizzou's 3rd downs offensively have looked on possessions with Daniel in the game, where they've converted 56.3% of their 3rd downs, which would rank #6 in the country.

OFFENSE
TOTAL: 18-of-32, 56.3%
3rd & short - 3 yds or less - 10-of-13, 76.9%
RUSH (80%, 4-of-5)
1* 1* 1* 2* 2
PASS (75%, 6-of-8)
2* 2* 2* 2* 3* 3* 3 3
3rd & medium - 4-7 yds - 3-of-10, 30.0%
RUSH (0%, 0-of-2)
5 7
PASS (30%, 3-of-8)
4* 4 5 5 5 6* 6* 6
3rd & long - 8+ yards - 5-of-9, 55.6%
RUSH (100%,2-of-2)
9* 10*
PASS (42.9%, 3-of-7)
8* 8 9* 10* 11 12 12

Here are Mizzou's tendencies on 3rd down when Daniel is in the game...

RUSH
TOTAL, 6-of-9, 67%
Daniel, 3-of-6, 50%: 1* 1* 2 5 7 9*
Washington 1-of-1, 100%: 1*
Maclin 1-of-1, 100%: 2*
Jackson 1-of-1, 100%: 10*

PASS
TOTAL, 12-of-23, 52%
Coffman 4-of-8, 50%: 2* 4 6* 6* 6 8 10* 11
Saunders 4-of-5, 80%: 2* 2* 3* 3 8*
Maclin 2-of-3, 67%: 4* 5 9*
Perry 2-of-3, 67%: 2* 3* 12
Alexander 0-of-2, 0%: 5 5
Washington 0-of-1, 0%: 3
1 sack

*-converted

Daniel is running less this season overall, but he still will scramble or run QB draws or sneaks on 3rd down. Mizzou still throws most of the time on 3rd down, however, and Coffman is Daniel's favorite target. He also prefers to go Saunders on 3rd down.

DEFENSE
Mizzou's defense is very good on 3rd & medium and 3rd & long - they bring the pressure, and they've come up with 6 sacks on 3rd down plays in the I-A games looked at here (vs Illinois, Nevada, and Buffalo). Unfortunately, NU has faced a ton of 3rd & medium/long situations this season - if Mizzou can keep up these numbers vs Nebraska on 3rd & medium/long, NU could be in for a long night.

I did not include the game against I-AA SE Mo St in these stats.

TOTAL: 18-of-53, 34.0%
3rd & short - 3 yds or less - 10-of-14, 71.4%
RUSH (87.5%, 7-of-8)
1* 1* 1* 2* 2* 3* 3* 3
PASS (50%, 3-of-6)
2* 2 3* 3* 3 3
3rd & medium - 4-7 yds - 4-of-18, 22.2%
RUSH (0%, 0-of-3)
4 5 7
PASS (26.7%, 4-of-15)
4* 4 4 4 5 5 5 6* 6 6 6 7* 7* 7 7
3rd & long - 8+ yards - 4-of-21, 19.0%
RUSH (50.0%, 1-of-2)
8* 11
PASS (15.8%, 3-of-19)
8* 8 8 9 9 10* 10 10 11 11 12* 12 12 12 14 14 17 20 25

*-converted

Nebraska - 3rd downs in 2008

Offensive numbers are only with Ganz in the game. I've mentioned quite often in these previews how NU is facing far too many 3rd & long situations this season (caused in large part by poor rushing numbers), and Va Tech killed NU Saturday on 3rd & longs.

After facing 3rd & short on each of its first two possessions -- and failing to convert either one when choosing to throw on both plays, which was beyond odd -- NU had only one 3rd & short the remainder of the game. Meanwhile, NU faced 3rd & 6 or more eight times the rest of the game vs Va Tech, converting only two, one of those on Ganz's desperation scramble. Out of its base offense, NU didn't have an answer for VT's pressure packages on 3rd & medium and 3rd & long. That's a very distressing sign heading into a game against a team that pressures the QB as much as Mizzou.

On 3rd down, Ganz was just 1-for-6 throwing, scrambling twice and being sacked once. He was very uncomfortable against VT's 3rd-down pressure, and Mizzou will be bringing the heat, too.

NU must do a better job on 1st & 2nd downs vs Mizzou, or it will be a long night.

OFFENSE (only with Ganz in game)
3rd & short - 3 yds or less - 6-of-9, 66.7%
RUSH (83.3%, 5-of-6)
1* 1* 1* 1* 1* 2
PASS (33.3%, 1-of-3)
2 3* 3
3rd & medium - 4-7 yds - 1-of-12, 8.3%
RUSH (0%, 0-of-2)
4 7
PASS (10%, 1-of-10)
5 5 6* 6 6 6 6 7 7 7
3rd & long - 8+ yards - 8-of-20, 40.0%
RUSH (0%, 0-of-1)
22
PASS (42.1%, 8-of-19)
8 9* 9* 9 9 10* 10* 10* 11* 11 11 11 12* 13 14* 14 22 24 25

With the pressure VT brought on third down against Ganz, he threw to the WRs only twice in the 6 passes he attempted. Peterson, who had been his favorite 3rd down target, did not have a 3rd-down pass thrown his way in the VT game. Ganz's only 3rd-down completion vs VT was the 29-yard play to Lucky, which he appeared to catch one-handed. It was a rough, rough night for Ganz on 3rd down.

INDIVIDUAL THIRD DOWN CONVERSIONS
RUSH
THIRD AND SHORT
100%, 3-of-3, Castille
66.7%, 2-of-3, Lucky

PASS (with Ganz in game)
66.7%, 2-of-3, Swift
57.1%, 4-of-7, Peterson
25%, 1-of-4, Holt
20%, 1-of-5, Lucky
0%, 0-of-2, Henry
0%, 0-of-1, Castille
0%, 0-of-1, Gilleylen
0%, 0-of-1, McNeill
0%, 0-of-1, Paul
0%, 0-of-1, Young
2 sack
4 scrambles (2 converted)
0 INTs

*-converted

DEFENSE
Obviously, VT did a very nice job of moving into 3rd & short opportunities vs NU, converting 5 of 7 of them.

Mizzou faces so few 3rd down plays that, when you get the chance to make them kick, you'd better cash in.

3rd & short - 3 yds or less - 16-of-25, 64.0%
RUSH (75%, 9-of-12)
1* 1* 1* 1* 1* 1* 1* 1* 2* 3 3 3
PASS (53.8%, 7-of-13)
1* 1* 1* 1 1 2* 2* 2 3* 3* 3 3 3
3rd & medium - 4-7 yds - 3-of-14, 21.4%
RUSH (0%, 0-of-3)
5 5 5
PASS (27.3%, 3-of-11)
4* 4* 5 5 5 6* 6 6 7 7 7
3rd & long - 8+ yards - 5-of-24, 20.8%
RUSH (0%, 0-of-3)
9 9 10
PASS (23.8%, 5-of-21)
8 8 8 9* 9 9 9 10* 10* 10* 10 11 11 12 15 15 16 16 18 22 23*

*-converted

|Zach|
09-30-2008, 11:32 PM
"THE NUMBER" - Mizzou by 11
Completely new territory all the way around for NU in this game, as an 11-point underdog in Lincoln.
NU hasn't been an underdog this season.
Mizzou hasn't been favored over NU by this much since ... well, ever, perhaps? My historical point spread results only go back to 1985 and I'm not sure how far back in time point spreads go, but I can't imagine since Bob Devaney arrived on campus that Mizzou has been favored by double digits against NU, in Lincoln, in Columbia, on the moon, wherever.
NU hasn't been such a big underdog at home since ... well, since before Devaney again, perhaps? NU was close at +10 vs USC last season.
Coach Bo hasn't been associated with a college team that's an underdog in almost two full calendar years, since Oct. 7, 2006, at Florida.
Coach Bo has never been associated with a college team that's a double-digit underdog.

As a college coach, Bo's teams have rarely been an underdog, let along an 11-pt dog. However, the results have been ugly, 1-5 both outright and against the spread. However, Bo's defenses played very well in the three games where LSU was an underdog the past three seasons, allowing only 12 ppg. (outright win in bold)

+1 at Florida (06 with LSU) (L), 10-23
+3.5 at Auburn (06 with LSU) (L), 3-7
+6 vs Miami (05 with LSU) (W), 40-6
+1 vs USC (04 with OU) (L), 19-55
+2.5 vs Kansas St (03 with NU) (L), 9-38
+5 at Texas (03 with NU) (L), 7-31

In NU's eight most recent games as a home underdog, NU is just 2-6 outright, but is 4-3-1 against the spread. (outright win in bold)

+7.5 Kansas St (07) (W), 73-31
+10 USC (07) (L), 31-49
+5 Texas (06) (W), 20-22
+5 Tex Tech (05) (W), 31-34
+2 Oklahoma (05) (L), 24-31
+2.5 Missouri (04) (W), 24-3
+2.5 Kansas St (03) (L), 9-38
+3 Texas (02) (P), 24-27

In the Mizzou-NU games the past six years, the home team(*) has always covered and won outright. Road favorites are 0-3 outright in this series since 2002. NU did win as a big road favorite in 2001 at Columbia.

2007: Mizzou* (-6.5) 41, NU 6
2006: NU* (-6.5) 34, Mizzou 20
2005: Mizzou* 41, NU (-2.5) 24
2004: NU* 24, Mizzou (-2.5) 3
2003: Mizzou* 41, NU (-7.5) 24
2002: NU* (-9.5) 24, Mizzou 13

Mizzou hasn't been the kind of team that's a big favorite over and over until the past couple of seasons, but they've adjusted to that role very well. Mizzou has won 8 straight games outright as a favorite of a TD or more, including all seven games in 2007-08.

However, Mizzou was a road favorite of 7 or more points only once in 2007, a win at K-State.

Mizzou's results as a favorite of at least a TD in the past three years (road games in bold) are: 13-1 outright (2-1 road outright), 9-5 vs the spread (1-2 road vs the spread), and 6-1 outright in Big XII games (1-1 road vs Big XII).

-31.5 Buffalo (08) (L), 42-21
-26 Nevada (08) (W), 69-17
-9.5 vs Illinois (08) (W), 52-42
-7 at Kansas St (07) (W), 49-32
-19.5 Texas A&M (07) (L), 40-26
-28.5 Iowa St (07) (L), 42-28
-20.5 W Michigan (07) (W), 52-24
-7 Kansas (06) (W), 42-17
-13.5 at Iowa St (06) (L), 16-21
-14.5 Kansas St (06) (W), 41-21
-14.5 Colorado (06) (W), 28-13
-22.5 Ohio (06) (W), 31-6
-14 at New Mexico (06) (L), 27-17
-10 Mississippi (06) (W), 34-7

Perhaps most impressively, Mizzou is in the midst of a 14-4 stretch against the spread. That's unbelievable. Las Vegas has been slow to adjust to Mizzou's sudden success.

BYE WEEK
NU certainly looked a bit sluggish after its bye week. Here's how Mizzou has performed in recent years after a bye week.

(W) 2007: Bye before home game vs Nebraska, 41-6
(L) 2006: Bye before at Iowa State, 16-21
(L) 2005: Bye before home game vs Texas, 20-51
(L) 2004: Bye before home game vs Kansas, 14-31
(W) 2004: Bye before home game vs Colorado, 17-9
(W) 2003: Bye before home game vs Nebraska, 41-24
(L) 2003: Bye before at Colorado, 16-21

MU is 3-4 after a bye week in the past five seasons, but is 2-0 vs NU. The Tigers have lost three of their past four games after a bye week. In their two road games after bye weeks in the past five seasons, MU is 0-2.

Hopefully Mizzou spent the bye week reading its press clippings and watching NU struggle against Va Tech, so they'll be overconfident coming into Lincoln.

FINAL CALL
Here's a news flash: Mizzou knows how to score. Mizzou's scoring numbers over the past 20 games:

69 55 52 52 52 49 42 42 42 41 41 40 40 38 38 38 38* 36 31* 17*

*-losses
true road games underlined

If there's another team in the country that has been held to less than 31 points only once in their past 20 games, I'd be stunned. For comparison Tex Tech has had four under-31 point games in the past 20 games.

As this shows, you'd better hold Mizzou under 40 points if you want to have any chance to win. Mizzou is 4-3 in its past 20 games when scoring under 40 points; 13-0 when scoring 40+ points.

Somewhat surprisingly, Mizzou has played only four true road games in its past 20 contests (underlined above), but, as you can see, true road games don't seem to affect the Tiger offense much. In that stretch, they had only one true road game (at OU) in an atmosphere that will match what they'll see in Lincoln Saturday night, and they did score "only" 31 points in that game.

However, I don't think anyone is confusing NU's current defensive situation with what Oklahoma was able to put on the field last season.

OU also held Mizzou to 17 points in the Big XII championship game last season and to 10 points in Columbia in 2006 (Mizzou's worst performance at home since the end of the 2002 season), so you have to think Bo will be picking the brain of Coach Stoops to see what might work against Mizzou.

So what did OU do?
In the 2007 Big XII title game, Daniel was only 23-of-39 with 1 INT, and MU gained only 9.5 yds per completion. OU sacked Daniel twice and limited Temple to 13 carries for 26 yards. MU did not fumble.
In 2007 in Norman, Daniel was 37-of-47 with 2 INT, and, again, MU gained only 9.5 yards per completion. OU had 3 sacks of Daniel and he fumbled twice, losing 1. Mizzou's rushing game was non-existent with Jackson and Washington subbing for the injured Temple, gaining just 26 yards.
In 2006 in Columbia, Daniel was 23-of-44 with 3 INTs. Mizzou gained 12.3 yards per completion. OU had 1 sack of Daniel, and he fumbled once. Again, Mizzou's rushing game was non-existent with 76 yards, 75 of which came from Daniel.

In 31 games a starter, Daniel has completed 772 of 1148 passes (67.2%) for 9245 yards, 73 TDs, and just 22 INTs. That's 11.98 yards per completion.

But in the three games against OU, Daniel completed 83 of 130 passes (63.8%) for 10.28 yards per completion. He threw 6 INTs in three games vs OU ... versus 16 INTs in his other 28 games as a starter. Obviously, OU tackled well, limiting yards after the pass was completed, and OU limited Daniel to numbers below his normal averages in completion percentage.

However, where OU appeared to slow MU's offense was in shutting down Mizzou's rushing attack. MU's running backs were invisible against OU in all three of those games. Daniel almost carried the ball more in those three games combined (44) than Mizzou's other backs/WR/whomever did (45). Considering OU only sacked him 6 times in those games, that means he carried it 38 other times on scrambles, QB runs, etc., giving OU more chances to punish the Mizzou QB. Those hits add up, possibly leading to some of the uncharacteristic INTs Daniel had against OU.

Mizzou hasn't had Daniel run with the ball much this season, he has only 14 attempts; it'd be nice if NU can force him to run it a bit more Saturday and lay some hits on him.

This season, Buffalo had some success in forcing Mizzou to complete passes underneath the linebackers and then drilling the receivers, forcing 3 lost fumbles in that game, one each from Maclin, Perry, and Coffman. (Saunders also lost a fumble against Illinois, but that's all Mizzou has fumbled this season - just four times.) UB couldn't limit Daniel's accuracy as OU did, however, as he completed 36-of-43 passes. MU averaged 12.2 yards per completion. Buffalo also did not sack Daniel, but they did hit him more than any of Mizzou's other three opponents this season have managed to do. Hopefully Bo is picking the brains of Coach Gill and Coach Williams at UB this week, too.


I think NU has six areas where it needs to win the battle Saturday to have a shot at the upset.

1--Open-field tackling. NU's tackling in the secondary has been much better this season, and that's a good sign. MU is going to complete passes - even in the two losses to Oklahoma last season, Daniel hit 69.8% of his passes. You have to prevent MU from running after the catch.

2--Stop Washington. OU beat Mizzou in large part by negating MU's running backs and making Mizzou one-dimensional. MU's rushing game doesn't put up eye-popping numbers typically, and it seems like an after thought for the Tigers, but it's a key part of their offensive scheme. Washington has had a great start to the season, with 6.8 yards per carry and 8 TDs. NU must stop him.

3--Take advantage of MU's aggressiveness. MU will blitz more than almost anyone on NU's schedule this season. NU has to find a way to exploit that with its play-calling. Mizzou is going to put on the pressure, figuring that even if they give up some big plays, they'll get them back on offense. But, if they can force just as many mistakes as big plays, they can get the ball back to their offense. It's a strategy that has worked extremely well for Mizzou over its past one-plus seasons (16-2 record).

4--Avoid 3rd and long. NU cannot run the ball as poorly as it did against Va Tech on 1st & 2nd downs. Not only will NU be unable to shorten the game without an effective rushing game, but NU will end up in 3rd and longs over and over, just as it did against Va Tech. Like any team, if you're in 3rd and long all night, you're going to have trouble sustaining drives, which is a recipe for disaster vs Mizzou.

5--Shore up the coverage teams. Harris really hurt NU with his returns Saturday, giving Va Tech great field position over and over. Maclin, however, might go beyond hurting NU's field position and score 6 points if he has those kinds of lanes on returns. NU has to punt and kick almost perfectly against Maclin.

6--Protect Ganz. This might be the most important one. NU must do a better job of keeping traffic away from Joe Saturday night. VT harrassed him over and over, especially in obvious passing situations, batting down a few passes, sacking him, forcing him to scramble. He did not look comfortable at all against VT's pressure in the pocket. Mizzou will try to bring even more pressure than Va Tech did. NU must find a way - either through better offensive line play, through keeping a RB or TE in to pass block, through more bootlegs and rollouts, or through better play-calling - to give Ganz more time and clearer throwing lanes.

NU played with great effort against Va Tech, which was a very encouraging sign, and NU did some nice things against the Hokies. Obviously, they lost, so they didn't do enough of them, and there are plenty of areas in which to improve, both for players and coaches. I liked hearing the players talk about how they need to practice much better and with a more physical attitude this week. That shows they're buying into Bo's philosophies.

It will take a mix of outstanding execution and effort from NU to pull the upset Saturday night. Mizzou isn't unbeatable, but the Tigers are for real. I don't care what the recruiting rankings say, Mizzou is extremely talented - they look like they have better players than NU at a variety of positions. The Tigers also know their offensive and defensive schemes in and out, and their execution, especially offensively, is simply amazing. They have game-breakers all over the field.

Meanwhile, as we saw Saturday, NU still has a ways to go under a first-year coaching staff.

Beating Mizzou, even in Lincoln, will be a tall order for the current edition of NU. It's the first time NU has played a Top 5 team to open conference play since a road trip to Oklahoma State in 1985, when NU won 34-24. Of course, NU was a Top 10 team at that time; NU isn't close to that level right now.

I think Vegas has hit the point spread fairly closely at 11 ... if anything, Mizzou probably deserves to be an even bigger favorite.

Hopefully NU can pull the upset, but the Huskers probably are going to need some help from Mizzou mistakes. Hopefully Mizzou is a little stale after the bye week, maybe the offensive timing is a bit off. And, hopefully, NU, after facing a tough opponent Saturday, will be more prepared for Mizzou's speed and athleticism, and maybe Mizzou will be a bit rusty after playing lesser opponents the past 3 games.

It's the toughest Big XII opener NU has ever played, but, at home, NU has a shot.

Buck
09-30-2008, 11:32 PM
Heres my Preview:

Mizzou is going to win

BWillie
09-30-2008, 11:36 PM
This game isn't even going to be close. Something like 52-24 sounds about right.

kcchiefsus
10-01-2008, 12:03 AM
To say VT and Illinois are comparable is a joke. VT is a complete joke this year. Illinois may have just fallen out of the top 25 but they are still a dangerous team that can score some points. Illinois is a much superior team to Virginia Tech.

Frazod
10-01-2008, 12:16 AM
I want payback for 30 years of asswhuppins in that hellhole.

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Guru
10-01-2008, 12:19 AM
I want payback for 30 years of asswhuppins in that hellhole.

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Yeah, I enjoyed it when KU did it.:D

tk13
10-01-2008, 12:29 AM
Heres my Preview:

Mizzou is going to win
Now put on a giant fuzzy Tiger head and you too can be Lee Corso.

Dartgod
10-01-2008, 06:45 AM
I don't have to read all that to know that Mizzou is going to ass-rape us repeatedly.

I'm actually torn by this game. As a life-long Husker fan, there's no way I can root against my team. But I've grown fond of the MU program the past few years and I hate to see anything get in the way of a National Championship bid for them. I guess if I was certain that they could get past OU in the Big 12 Championship, it might be a bit harder.

So, having said all that, all I have left to say is....


GO BIG RED!!!

Bacon Cheeseburger
10-01-2008, 06:58 AM
I want payback for 30 years of asswhuppins in that hellhole.

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I have a feeling you're going to get it.

Yeah, I enjoyed it when KU did it.:D
When did KU win in Lincoln?

Sam Hall
10-01-2008, 07:41 AM
That was a little much for a game that won't be close. My goal for the Huskers' defense is keep Mizzou under 77 points.

triple
10-01-2008, 08:04 AM
i am surprised nebraska fans don't think better of their chances. they need to air the ball out and test missouri's secondary, which has been quite suspect. do that and create a few turnovers, you've got a ballgame

KCFalcon59
10-01-2008, 08:34 AM
Mizzou should put 70 on them bitches.

Demonpenz
10-01-2008, 08:36 AM
The only way nebraska has a shot is if they pound Daniels. I don't see why they don't just pound QB's and get some personal fouls. Mizzou is going to get yards anyway. Whats 15 or so for a late hit or two.

Bacon Cheeseburger
10-01-2008, 08:50 AM
The only way nebraska has a shot is if they pound Daniels. I don't see why they don't just pound QB's and get some personal fouls. Mizzou is going to get yards anyway. Whats 15 or so for a late hit or two.

Well, in our case it means an additional PF on our coach.

Demonpenz
10-01-2008, 08:52 AM
haha. Bo must have said the one word you can't call a ref

chief husker
10-01-2008, 09:09 AM
I want payback for 30 years of asswhuppins in that hellhole.

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Get ready for thirty more. Hmm, doesn't it seem longer than that though?:D

Molitoth
10-01-2008, 09:25 AM
I don't have to read all that to know that Mizzou is going to ass-rape us repeatedly.

I'm actually torn by this game. As a life-long Husker fan, there's no way I can root against my team. But I've grown fond of the MU program the past few years and I hate to see anything get in the way of a National Championship bid for them. I guess if I was certain that they could get past OU in the Big 12 Championship, it might be a bit harder.

So, having said all that, all I have left to say is....


GO BIG RED!!!

I'm in the same boat. I was rooting for whoever was coming into this match undefeated so I can at least watch one of my fav college teams in the National Championship.

Since NU lost to VaTech, I'm going to have to root for the Tigers here. Sorry Huskers I'll catch you again next week.

Frazod
10-01-2008, 10:26 AM
Get ready for thirty more. Hmm, doesn't it seem longer than that though?:D

I'm thinking not. Seems our programs are on more or less equal footing now. And all things being equal, if you're an 18-year-old senior looking for a school, where would you rather spend four years - in Missouri, or in Nebraska?

Sure-Oz
10-01-2008, 10:34 AM
Anyone seen the Jeremy Maclin story on E:60 yesterday, about how he grew up? Really good story, if you get a chance to catch a re-run this week. It's the very first story on the show...

I knew about it anyway cause i know a family member of his (cousin). Anyway Go Mizzou, don't let us down!

alanm
10-01-2008, 12:25 PM
I'm thinking not. Seems our programs are on more or less equal footing now. And all things being equal, if you're an 18-year-old senior looking for a school, where would you rather spend four years - in Missouri, or in Nebraska?
Nebraska. Better facilities, more money invested in the program.
Tradition baby tradition.

|Zach|
10-01-2008, 12:26 PM
I'm thinking not. Seems our programs are on more or less equal footing now. And all things being equal, if you're an 18-year-old senior looking for a school, where would you rather spend four years - in Missouri, or in Nebraska?

Meh, we haven't won a Big 12 Title yet.

You always get so worked up in things that don't quite exist yet.

triple
10-01-2008, 12:27 PM
Nebraska. Better facilities, more money invested in the program.
Tradition baby tradition.

what does what TO did in the 1990s have to do with some kid who's gonna be entering school in 2010?

Frazod
10-01-2008, 12:32 PM
Nebraska. Better facilities, more money invested in the program.
Tradition baby tradition.

I was talking more about LIVING. C'mon, we've both been to Nebraska. :)

alanm
10-01-2008, 12:38 PM
I was talking more about LIVING. C'mon, we've both been to Nebraska. :)
More cows, less crime. :thumb:

Frazod
10-01-2008, 12:40 PM
More cows, less crime. :thumb:

Well, there's nothing there worth stealing. :D

bkkcoh
10-01-2008, 01:34 PM
More cows, less crime. :thumb:

Even with the absence of sheep? ROFL

Bacon Cheeseburger
10-01-2008, 03:00 PM
I was talking more about LIVING. C'mon, we've both been to Nebraska. :)

If Missouri is such a great state to live in why are you in ****ing Illinois?

Frazod
10-01-2008, 04:19 PM
If Missouri is such a great state to live in why are you in ****ing Illinois?

It's too damn hot.

Bacon Cheeseburger
10-01-2008, 05:00 PM
It's too damn hot.
Have you ever looked at a map? The two states are right next to each other, the weather can't be that different.

Bill Parcells
10-01-2008, 05:01 PM
If Missouri is such a great state to live in why are you in ****ing Illinois?

It sure does look like Bugeater is taking no prisoners in this epic matchup.



ROFL

kstater
10-01-2008, 05:02 PM
Have you ever looked at a map? The two states are right next to each other, the weather can't be that different.

You ask for the name this time?

Bacon Cheeseburger
10-01-2008, 05:02 PM
It sure does look like Bugeater is taking no prisoners in this epic matchup.



ROFL
Well I'm certainly not going to win Saturday night's battle, so I have to take what I can get.

Bacon Cheeseburger
10-01-2008, 05:04 PM
You ask for the name this time?

Huh?

kstater
10-01-2008, 05:06 PM
Huh?

Has your name changed recently?

Bill Parcells
10-01-2008, 05:07 PM
Have you ever looked at a map? The two states are right next to each other, the weather can't be that different.

Missouri is closer to the Mississippi river than Illinois which makes it disgustingly muggy in that state. there, and that should be on the map too. also, I've been to St Louis in the summer time and it's a very close second to New Orleans for mugginess and being disgustingly hot.

Your welcome, Frazod.

Frazod
10-01-2008, 05:32 PM
Missouri is closer to the Mississippi river than Illinois which makes it disgustingly muggy in that state. there, and that should be on the map too. also, I've been to St Louis in the summer time and it's a very close second to New Orleans for mugginess and being disgustingly hot.

Your welcome, Frazod.

Thanks.

In actuality, in my line of work, I'm not going to make any money unless I work for a good-sized firm in a major city. And in the midwest, that means Chicago.

Bacon Cheeseburger
10-01-2008, 05:44 PM
Has your name changed recently?
Bugeater was my original username.


Missouri is closer to the Mississippi river than Illinois which makes it disgustingly muggy in that state. there, and that should be on the map too. also, I've been to St Louis in the summer time and it's a very close second to New Orleans for mugginess and being disgustingly hot.

Your welcome, Frazod.
Ummm, once again, you ever look at a map? Missouri isn't any closer to the Mississippi River than Illinois.

Buck
10-01-2008, 05:51 PM
That picture of Pelini is scaring me.

kstater
10-01-2008, 05:52 PM
Bugeater was my original username.




I did not know that.

Bacon Cheeseburger
10-01-2008, 05:59 PM
I did not know that.

It was my username the first year you were here, I didn't have it changed until last December. Although for about 4 or 5 months last year it was everything from "Samie the Bugeater" to "Arthur Carlson the Bugeater" to "Bugpeterbeater" thanks to Morphius, so I can see where one may be confused.

luv
10-01-2008, 06:03 PM
Have you ever looked at a map? The two states are right next to each other, the weather can't be that different.

I'm pretty sure the weather in Springfield, MO and Chicago, IL are quite different.

Bill Parcells
10-01-2008, 06:06 PM
Ummm, once again, you ever look at a map? Missouri isn't any closer to the Mississippi River than Illinois.

One year I drove from St Louis to Boston in the summer time. it got cooler when I went through Illinois regardless of what the map says, so there. :harumph:

Sam Hall
10-01-2008, 06:11 PM
I was talking more about LIVING. C'mon, we've both been to Nebraska. :)

A trip to Lincoln would be well worth your time. The Haymarket is the place to be.

alanm
10-01-2008, 06:23 PM
A trip to Lincoln would be well worth your time. The Haymarket is the place to be.
Old Market in Omaha is better. Although you can't beat Lincoln on gameday. :thumb:

Sam Hall
10-01-2008, 06:30 PM
My favorite part of game day is being on the sideline before the game and seeing Tom Osborne walk by not 10 feet away, and then he stands right next to you. That was cool. The Man wears a red sport coat on game day. I want one.

Bacon Cheeseburger
10-01-2008, 06:32 PM
I'm pretty sure the weather in Springfield, MO and Chicago, IL are quite different.
Oh give me a break, they're both hot in the summer and cold in the winter. We're not comparing Bangor, ME and Miami, FL.

alanm
10-01-2008, 06:38 PM
Oh give me a break, they're both hot in the summer and cold in the winter. We're not comparing Bangor, ME and Miami, FL.
Bug, I got your message from the other day but I haven't had a chance to respond yet. I'll send it later on.
Alan

Bacon Cheeseburger
10-01-2008, 07:24 PM
Bug, I got your message from the other day but I haven't had a chance to respond yet. I'll send it later on.
Alan

Eh, go ahead and disregard it, it doesn't look like it's going to happen. Thanks anyway.

Tits McGee
10-01-2008, 08:59 PM
My favorite part of game day is being on the sideline before the game and seeing Tom Osborne walk by not 10 feet away, and then he stands right next to you. That was cool. The Man wears a red sport coat on game day. I want one.

"A Red Sport Coat?" I've got a dozen of them....

ArrowheadHawk
10-01-2008, 09:47 PM
What do we need a preview for. I hate Mizzou but there is no way in hell that Nebraska can stay within 14 points of them.

|Zach|
10-01-2008, 10:05 PM
More so than anything...I was just amazed by the size and depth of that preview.

That was done by a fan.

I mean...jesus...

Spott
10-02-2008, 04:31 AM
Old Market in Omaha is better. Although you can't beat Lincoln on gameday. :thumb:

We will on Saturday. :)

Sam Hall
10-02-2008, 10:02 AM
"A Red Sport Coat?" I've got a dozen of them....

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