Here are three things to watch:
1. The Nebraska offensive line. Will Mike Caputo and gang be able to effectively run block and pass protect like they did against Oklahoma State? Or will they lose the trench battle like they did against Texas? If the O-Line can get an effective push against Missouri's No. 23 rushing defense it surely will play to the Huskers advantage. Keep your eyes on the line push throughout the game.
2. Missouri's QB Blaine Gabbert. It's unlikely Gabbert will do anything but pass the ball. He has zero rushing yards on the season. What he has done effectively is pass the ball to a tune of 1899 yards or 286 yards per game. Nebraska must keep pressure on him and force him to make mistakes. He hasn't thrown an interception in the last three games, and has only three on the season. Turnovers are huge in big games.
3. Nebraska's Taylor Martinez. You knew I was going here. No doubt Martinez struggled to make reads against Texas. He got frustrated and just couldn't find a way to get it started. Then he got pulled and had the chance to watch the Huskers drop their first game from the sidelines. What did he learn? That he doesn't like being on the sideline. If Martinez can come close to matching his 435 total yard performance of last week, Nebraska will be fine.
So to recap, watch the O-line and both quarterbacks. I know it's obvious but I had to write something.
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