“Missouri is going to go to Nebraska and Missouri is going to win. … People are treating Nebraska like it’s Nebraska in the mid-90s! It’s not! … Their most impressive games have been losses! What am I missing?”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: The local flavor here in the Kansas City area is heavily slanted toward supporting Mizzou in this Big 12 North matchup of century-old rivals. Despite the fact Mizzou has won only once in Lincoln since 1978, people are seeing the trip to Lincoln as almost an asset rather than a liability. I think that’s a mistake. Read on.
“I was shocked to see Nebraska favored by as much as they were (against Missouri). I just don’t see it. The truth is, Nebraska’s been awful at home – and not just this season but for the past two years!”
Ed Cunningham, ABC color analyst who will be calling the game in Lincoln with Ron Franklin, 810 AM
GH: Losses the past two seasons at home to Iowa State (8 turnovers) and Texas (8 dropped passes and 5 fumbles) indicate that Nebraska plays a very sloppy brand of football at times in front of the famous Sea of Red. The uninspiring 17-3 win over South Dakota State earlier this year also lends credence to that thought. But I think Mizzou will need to play well (which they are very capable of doing) to win in Lincoln. Mizzou is not the only team that is improving as the season progresses.
“Nebraska is such a one-dimensional team. Martinez has been exposed as the fraud he is. There is no way (Nebraska’s) defense is gonna keep up! No way!”
Caller Lloyd, 610 AM
GH: Okay, so we have established that Nebraska isn’t the only school with a few idiot fans. Caller Lloyd sounds like he skipped a few classes while studying for his PHD in football.
“I think we’re going to watch Nebraska (against Missouri) and say, ‘Gee, that’s not a very good offense.’ They’re just not very good. I think Missouri’s gonna win it with defense.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Has Kietzman been calling into 610 under the moniker, “Caller Lloyd?” “K-State was in that (Nebraska) game until Taylor Martinez went 80 yards. I think Missouri is the best team and I’m picking Missouri by 10.”
Gabe DeArmond, 810 AM
“I agree with both (Steven St. John and Frank Boal) that Missouri is the better team and I pick them to win. We’re all picking the upset here when we do this for sure. I will be pulling for Missouri in this game and I can’t believe I’m saying that.”
Nate Bukaty, a KU alum, 810 AM
GH: Upset? The upset would be #14 Nebraska beating #6 and undefeated Mizzou. The Vegas point-spread favors Nebraska but an upset is determined by the two team’s ranking. That said, no one on either side is going to be screaming about an upset win no matter which team is the victor.
“I think Missouri wins. I really like Missouri. You’re never a great defense if you give up (41) points to anybody.”
Jayice Pearson, after Nebraska gave up 41 points to OSU last week, 610 AM
“It’s really a good matchup. The Nebraska defense against the rush has been porous. I think you can run the ball on them but they are very stingy in the air. I see Missouri winning this game.”
Gary Barnett, former Colorado head coach and current TV college analyst, 810 AM
“I think Missouri is the better total team.”
Dennis Dodd, CBSsportsline.com college writer, 810 AM
“You have the entire (Big 12) conference saying, ‘Please knock them off! Be the representative of the Big 12!”
Ed Cunningham, 810 AM
GH: An undefeated Mizzou team would look better for the Big 12 in the BCS than a one-loss Nebraska squad. But the conference’s newfound love for MU has everything to do with Nebraska heading to the Big 10 in 2011.
“I don’t want Nebraska anywhere near the Big 12 Championship game. I’m rooting for Missouri. I didn’t say they were going to win. I said I’m rooting for them.”
Todd Leabo, an Oklahoma alum, 810 AM
“I hate Nebraska people! You can take all those emails you send me all the time and shove them right up your you know what!”
Aaron Swarts, a KU alum, 810 AM
GH: Nebraska fans have been eviscerated the past month by Kevin Kietzman and a number of voices on 810 and in the local media. Listening to KK you would think a trip to Lincoln by opposing fans is akin to a weekend of waterboarding at Guantanamo Bay. I was in Lincoln for the Texas game and paid close attention to how Texas fans were treated. Big Red fans high fived the Longhorn fans as they passed on 9th Street – before and after the game. Yeah, there are some idiot Husker fans whose parents did a very poor job of raising them. But drinking KK’s Kool-Aid and believing Nebraska is some kind of hellhole for opposing fans is as wrong as believing any of the other tripe that Kietzman spews. Read on for Gary Barnett’s view of his trips to Lincoln as a player for Mizzou, coach at rival Colorado and TV broadcaster.
“Nebraska’s fan base is awesome. That’s a very respectable place to play. You feel the respect for the game. You feel the respect for college football. You admire the passion that the fans have. It’s one of those places that you always grow up as a kid hearing about. It’s not like playing at some other places. It’s not like playing at Oklahoma. It’s not like playing at Texas Tech. It’s sort of a really fun place to play.”
Gary Barnett, former Colorado head coach and current TV college analyst, 810 AM
“I might be nutty, but I think the fans are terrific up there (at Nebraska). … They back their team and, why, when the opponent does a good job, they give them credit. … If you beat them, well, you know what, you’ve really done something. I just liked Nebraska in the conference. I think Nebraska adds a lot of prestige and class.”
John Kadlec, MU radio analyst, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“(Corby) Jones, like many, remembers the unique Nebraska fan gesture of lining the sidelines to cheer the opposing team after the game. Some over the years have considered that either sarcastic or a backhanded compliment, especially after Nebraska may have battered the opposition. But Jones said he always believed it to be a sincere sign of respect, at its best if an opponent challenged Nebraska but couldn’t quite win.”
Vahe Gregorian, writer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
GH: I will be eager to hear from Mizzou fans who make the trek up north to Lincoln for the final time and their experiences with Husker Nation this weekend. While I have little doubt that Nebraska and its fans will continue to be berated and demonized by local talking heads, I will go on record again stating that the loss of the Nebraska fan base to this conference is a blow from which it will be difficult to recover. Without Nebraska, the Big 12 just becomes far too lopsided toward the wealthy southern schools.
“We think that line (Nebraska favored by 7) is appropriate, actually. We ran it 50,000 times (on the Predictalator) and Nebraska won by an average score of 30-23, 64.2% of the time. … Missouri has a lot of talent on defense but I don’t think they quite have the speed on defense that Texas did and I think that’s going to be a problem trying to defend Taylor Martinez.”
Paul Bessire, of www.predictionmachine.com, discussing the game with Soren Petro on 810 AM
GH: I think these are the two best teams in the Big 12. It is a shame they can’t wait and settle this in Dallas in December. Taylor Martinez is as raw a talent as I can remember ever watching play at Nebraska. He has horrible mechanics, even when making a simple handoff. But he is the single most explosive player I have ever seen wear NU red. If he takes care of the ball and finds some space to roam, Nebraska wins. If Blaine Gabbert gets as much time to throw as he did against Oklahoma, Mizzou wins. If both happen, we go to overtime tied at 59-59.
“There’s a lot of concerns after you come off a win like (the Oklahoma win) – an emotional win.”
Gary Pinkel, 610 AM
“I like the fact that Missouri has another big game following the Oklahoma game and going right back at it against Nebraska.”
Steven St. John, 810 AM
GH: I think the schedule hurts Mizzou’s chances. It will take an unprecedented effort by MU’s players and staff to forget the Oklahoma game and immerse themselves in Nebraska. History tells us this is a very difficult chore for even experienced teams. For a team like Mizzou that has never won a Big 12 title, it may be too much to ask. “People are just waiting for the other shoe to drop on the Tigers. What if this is the year there isn’t another shoe?” Nick Wright, 610 AM GH: We find out Saturday if Missouri goes shoeless or shod through this final season of the original Big 12. It should be damn entertaining.
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