No.14 Nebraska Cornhuskers A Touchdown Favorite Over No.6 Missouri Tigers
October 28th, 2010-  By John Ritter

The Missouri Tigers are fresh off their defeat of the former No.1 team in the country in the Oklahoma Sooners.  While they have shot up the BCS Rankings, the Tigers won’t get much time to reflect on their triumph from last Saturday night as they face the No.14 Nebraska Cornhuskers

Missouri is off to their best start since 1960, and head coach Gary Pinkel said that he only allowed his players a 24-hour period to enjoy the win over the Sooners.  Now, it’s back to business as usual.

“There will be some more distractions since we won that game. We expected that,” remarked Missouri cornerback Carl Gettis. “It was a good win, but it’s over with now. It’s time to move on and get ready for Nebraska.”

Missouri rose over 10 spots in the BCS Standings, all the way up to No.6.  Beat the Cornhuskers, and who knows how far they might climb again.

Pinkel has been through something close to this before. Back in the 2007 season, the Tigers rose all the way to the No.1 spot in the country, before losing to Oklahoma in the Big XII Championship game.

“It’s just about getting your mind focused and getting your team focused to play it’s very, very best. That’s it,” he said. “Can you lock in and do your best? It’s easy to say, it’s difficult to do.”

The Tiger offense is anchored by quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who was stellar against the Oklahoma defense a week ago, throwing for 308 yards.  Missouri chewed up 486 yards of total offense.

Last season, the Cornhuskers defeated the Tigers 27-12, courtesy of two Gabbert interceptions.  Those turnovers are something that Missouri cannot afford to make against this Nebraska defense that is every bit as good as last year’s.

For Nebraska, they are led by a freshman quarterback in Taylor Martinez.  Martinez and the Cornhuskers have one of the top rushing attacks in the country, though it was his arm that got it done against an undefeated Oklahoma State team a week ago.

Martinez threw for 323 yards and five touchdowns on the Cowboys, each career highs.  Now, the Tiger defense must respect the passing game of the Cornhuskers in addition to the run.

However, it should be a solid match up between the fifth-ranked rushing offense of Nebraska and the fourth-ranked scoring defense of Missouri.

The Cornhuskers dropped their only game of the season at home to Texas a couple of weeks ago, and will try and protect their home field this week.  Missouri comes in as winners of 10 of their last 13 games on the road, most notably a 52-17 victory in their last trip to the Cornhuskers stadium.

Game Line-

NCAA football Betting Odds have set Nebraska as a 7.5-point favorite in this match up, with the over/under sitting at 55.5 points.

ATS Betting Trends-

College football betting trends indicate that the Cornhuskers are 11-5 ATS when playing a team with a winning record.  Missouri is also 14-5 ATS in their last 19 games on the road.

Over/Under Betting Trends-

The Under is 7-2 in the last nine home games for Nebraska.

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