LINCOLN, NEB. -- Entering Saturday's game with No. 7 Mizzou, 14th-ranked Nebraska has three starters with St. Louis-area ties: senior receiver Mike McNeill of Kirkwood High, senior offensive tackle Keith Williams from McCluer North and, more regionally, sophomore linebacker Will Compton of Bonne Terre, Mo.
"You can't say it's just any other week this week," said McNeill, who had five of his 11 catches this season against Oklahoma State and has scored 11 career touchdowns.
He added, "People from home like Mizzou and are always in my ear about Mizzou. The last seven weeks all I've heard about is how good they look each week."
Compton, who redshirted in 2008, was in the same recruiting class with MU quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who initially committed to Nebraska before changing his mind and choosing Missouri.
"I might shoot (Gabbert) a text just to see what's up, but we haven't kept in touch too much," said Compton, saying that he'd like to win the game for "bragging rights over friends back home" before catching himself and adding, "That's not important right now, if you know what I mean. We just have to approach it like any other game."