Saturday’s Missouri vs. Nebraska game is not just going to alter the 2010 BCS standings, but the Big 12 standings as well. The Missouri Tigers have the chance to really get recognized nationally if they can pull off a tough road win like this one, especially going up against the defending Big 12 North champions. Nebraska made it all the way to the 2009 Big 12 Championship Game, but got knocked off by Texas and Colt McCoy thanks to a late field goal. Now Nebraska has thoughts of getting into the 2010 Big 12 Championship Game, but has to go through a really hot Missouri Tigers team.
When you look at the 2010 Missouri Tigers schedule, only one game really stands out, and it was their 36-27 win over former BCS No. 1 Oklahoma. That win really put this team on the map, and doing it on the road really woke up some voters to how good this team might be. They had a pretty weak out-of-conference schedule, though, so they have to prove something to the Harris Poll and Coaches’ in the next few weeks. After Nebraska, they have Texas Tech and Kansas State as the teams really looking to stand in their way. If they can deal with Nebraska, though, they will be in the driver’s seat to meet the South champion on the Big 12 Championship Game.
Nebraska has had a pretty good year in 2010, with their win over previously undefeated Oklahoma State and their one touchdown loss to Texas standing out from the group. The Nebraska 2010 football schedule is very similar to that of Missouri’s for the rest of the season, but this game against the Tigers is really their last serious obstacle to winning the Big 12 North. In the current 2010 Big 12 standings, Missouri leads the North with a 3-0 conference record, followed by Nebraska at 2-1. There is no other team with less than two losses, so if Nebraska cannot stop Missouri on Saturday, it will basically clinch the North division for the Tigers.
Missouri could really see their strength-of-schedule hurt with many of the games remaining on their schedule, especially with a game against 2-5 Kansas that will probably lose games to Nebraska and Oklahoma State before they even come to town. That will be a rough way for Missouri to end the regular season, and it means they need a really good opponent in the Big 12 Championship Game to have a serious chance at catching other schools in the BCS standings. The best-case scenario for them is for Oklahoma to win the South division, and then play Missouri again.
The Missouri vs. Nebraska game is going to be this Saturday, Oct. 30, at 12:30 p.m. PT (3:30 p.m. ET). It will be broadcast on either ABC or ESPN depending on where you live in the country, and it is just one of the great games this weekend.