The Tigers rank last in the Big 12 in pass defense, but without MU's struggles against Illinois, the Tigers would jump ahead of Texas and Nebraska, two defenses that haven't been criticized nearly as much.
While the Tigers are a pass-first team that can also win with the run, the Cowboys are more of a run-first team that can also win with the pass.
Both MU coach Gary Pinkel and Nebraska coach Bo Pelini confirmed Monday that they had spoken and settled issues surrounding Chase Daniel’s accusations of dirty play at Saturday’s game in Lincoln, Neb.
Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel called Nebraska “one of the dirtiest team’s he’d ever played,” but he wasn’t the only one angry after the Tigers' victory Saturday. Junior defensive lineman Jaron Baston called Nebraska “by far” the dirtiest team he’d ever suited up against.
The Associated Press and USA Today college football coaches poll voters noticed Saturday's lopsided victory over the Cornhuskers, and moved the Tigers up a notch in both rankings. Missouri now sits at No. 3 in the AP poll and No. 2 in the coaches' poll.
Missouri steamrolled host Nebraska for a 52-17 victory Saturday night to secure its first win on Cornhuskers' turf since 1978.
Through five weeks, the Missouri defense had heard about how much it needed to step up its play after struggling through the non-conference portion of the schedule. This time, the defense was ready for the challenge.
Nebraska diehards have not forgotten the last time Missouri won in Lincoln 30 years ago.
As the 2008 Tigers attempt to break a 14-game drought at Nebraska on Saturday night, memories of 1978 resonate for those who lived through one of Missouri's greatest victories.
The Cornhuskers' defense is working hard to keep last season's struggles in the past.
Nebraska's fans are likely to give Missouri's offense a tougher time than Nebraska's defense will.
A spirit rally Thursday night gave MU football fans the chance to show their support as the Tigers prepare for their conference opener against the Nebraska Cornhuskers in Lincoln, where Missouri hasn't won in 30 years.
Nearly three weeks after re-injuring his foot against Nevada, Missouri safety William Moore says he is "about 85 percent." He is his likely return to action for the Tigers' Big 12 Conference opener on Saturday in Lincoln.
How much the Missouri football team has matured since it lost in 2006 at Nebraska has yet to be seen. The Tigers' trip to Lincoln will be the first time this season that they have played a true road game away from their home state.
COLUMBIA — Nebraska coach Bo Pelini doesn't celebrate his successes.
By Monday afternoon, Missouri defensive personnel were well aware of Nebraska tailback Marlon Lucky's comment. Players approached it in different ways as they continued preparations for Missouri's Big 12 Conference opener Saturday night at Nebraska.
Nebraska coach Bo Pelini says his team's defense is making too many "bonehead" mistakes.
After the unveiling of football rankings Sunday, the Big 12 Conference had half of its teams in the Top 25, and four in the Top 10. But as conference play begins, coaches say the rankings aren't on their minds.
Despite a bye week, Missouri jumped to No. 3 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 4 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll.