While acknowledging he was pleased about his team's win at Oklahoma State and that Mizzou must feel the same about its victory over Oklahoma, Nebraska coach Bo Pelini says Saturday's showdown in Lincoln between the Tigers and Cornhuskers will be an entity unto itself.
"The momentum's going to be created on Saturday," Pelini said during the Big 12 media teleconference.
Pelini said the seventh-ranked Tigers (7-0 overall, 3-0 Big 12) pose a challenge for the defense of the Cornhuskers (6-1, 2-1). MU's offense, he said, is "a well thought-out scheme ... They have good balance in their offense. They can hit you with the run and pass. ... They do a lot of things well."
While many projected Nebraska to be the Big 12 North champion and even a national title contender, the Huskers in some ways have as much or more burden of proof on them as MU now: Nebraska hasn't beaten a top 10 team in 13 tries since 2001.