October 3, 2007

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You know this is a big game. I know it. The Tigers know it. The Cornhuskers know it. Hell, even ESPN knows it. We've broken down, for months, all the reasons this is a big game.

In the end, though, this game is big for one reason (and if you're a Cornhusker fan reading this, brace yourself, take a deep breath before you fire up your computer and then feel free to fire away at gabedea@powermizzou.com): Saturday is the day the Missouri Tigers have a chance to catch Nebraska. Not catch them off guard, not catch them napping, not catch them for a day. No, Saturday is the day the Tigers have a chance to catch Nebraska as a football program.

Let that sink in for a minute and let me tell you I am 100% dead serious. I know it sounds ridiculous. I mean, I lived through the bi-annual pillaging of Columbia by the Big Red. I went to a couple of "games" up in Lincoln between the teams. But let me explain.

See, as far as I'm concerned, your footing as a football program is based on what you've done in the last five years. Sure, the banners about all the national titles and all-Americans and Heisman winners, etc, etc, etc are great to have. And they mean you've had a great team for a long time. But really, in this day and age, anything you did more than five years ago really doesn't matter all that much to me.

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