October 11, 2007

Fritch's Big 12 Tour: Testing the Tigers

Game of the week? ESPN's College GameDay has good reason to think so. The week's only contest featuring a pair of Top 15 teams will bring the nation's eyes to Norman on Saturday as No. 11 Missouri visits No. 6 Oklahoma in what could be the first of two battles between the teams this season. Behind Chase Daniel, the Tigers will look to snap the Sooners' 17-game home winning streak in Big 12 bouts.

"The challenge this week will be as great as any we'll have this season," Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said. "It's a great opportunity."

The Tigers, undefeated after five games for the second straight season, come off their most complete game in years as they romped Nebraska 41-6 at home for their most lopsided win in the series since 1947. While Missouri rolled to 606 total yards, its most ever against Nebraska, the Tigers' improved defense held the defunct Huskers to a season-low 297 yards and without a touchdown for the first time in 46 years.

"Certainly in a big-time game against a good football team that was the best and focused any of my teams have been in all phases of the game," said Pinkel, who has been a head coach for 17 years, including the last seven with the Tigers.

It could take a repeat performance for Missouri, which enters with its highest ranking since 1981, to end a skid of 13 straight road losses against ranked teams and capture its first win in Norman since 1966.

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