Friday, October 20, 2017

Missouri at Nebraska

Missouri's much-improved defense heads to Nebraska in Week 9 to take on the Cornhuskers' potent running game.

Missouri offense vs. Nebraska defense
• Tigers QB Blaine Gabbert is seeing the field well, making smart decisions and throwing accurately, and he is getting help from several contributors on the perimeter. WR Jerrell Jackson came out of nowhere to catch nine passes for 139 yards and a touchdown last week against Oklahoma, and WRs T.J. Moe and Wes Kemp and athletic H-back Michael Egnew round out a deep unit. This is good news against a Nebraska back seven that is coming off of a poor showing against Oklahoma State but is loaded with talent. The Cornhuskers will enter this game with a chip on their shoulder, but defensive coordinator Carl Pelini better think twice about copying Oklahoma's aggressive approach against the Tigers because Gabbert showed against the Sooners he is more than capable of exploiting the intermediate-to-deep seams. Watch for Pelini to mix in more zone coverage looks in an effort to keep everything in front of his unit and limit yards after the catch. Nebraska has the personnel to keep big plays to a minimum but must get improved tackling from the second and third levels of the defense.