Midweek TV game beckons Tigers and Huskers

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The eyes of college football nation be on Columbia Thursday night when Nebraska visits Missouri in a made-for-TV Big 12 Conference matchup.

The game is the conference opener for both teams. The Tigers and Huskers are both ranked in The Associated Press Top 25 and have played 102 times previously.

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel calls the decision to play a midweek game a "no-brainer." Pinkel compared the ESPN matchup to "Monday Night Football" since there are no other games on the schedule to distract fans.

Missouri will go for outs fourth straight home win against Nebraska after breaking a 24-game overall losing streak against its Big 12 North division rival in 2003.

Nebraska hopes to avenge a pair of consecutive 35-point losses to Missouri the past two seasons.

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