November 3, 2006

Five Tiger questions for Nebraska

Just like last week, can Missouri stop the run?

This was our first question last week and the Tigers had the wrong answer. In the last three games, MU is giving up 224 yards per outing on the ground. Let Nebraska run like that and Chase Daniel is going to have to get 400 yards through the air to keep it close. Which leads to…

Can Chase Daniel throw for 400 yards?

Adam Barmann and Kansas did it. Bobby Reid killed the Huskers deep. Nebraska is giving up about 275 yards per game through the air in the last five weeks. The secondary is playing basically without a backup. Daniel and the Tigers have thrown the ball pretty well against just about everybody. They will have to do it again to score with the Huskers.

Will the Tigers hold on to the ball?

The entire game really comes down to this question. When they have won or been equal in the turnover battle, the Tigers have not lost. In their two losses this year, Missouri has seven turnovers, with five coming in the first half and creating deficits they could not erase. This is the second week in a row the Tigers have been in a big-game atmosphere. The first time, Missouri handled it terribly. It was not just the four turnovers, but that was a big part of it. Three drive sustaining defensive penalties and multiple false starts and drops on offense hurt too. How does Missouri react being in a game that is, in essence, an elimination contest for the Big 12 North title? The answer will determine the game.

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