So was it the rain or was it Nebraska?
You've got to give credit to the Huskers for persevering in some of the most miserable conditions in recent memory Thursday at Missouri. The 27-12 victory puts Nebraska squarely in the drivers' seat for the Big 12 North title. The program that was doubted for its long drought against ranked teams on the road, pushed through with 27 fourth-quarter points in Columbia.
In a steady downpour, the Huskers just kept shucking. Ndamukong Suh, an All-American's All-American, provided the turning point with an early fourth-quarter interception that led to the go-ahead touchdown. Columbia has to be in shock right now. Missouri fully expected to win this game given that that it had scored 41 points in each of the last three meetings at home against Nebraska.
The rain was the equalizer -- for Nebraska. Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert injured his ankle early on which limited mobility. That allowed the Nebraska pass rush, which was significant, to take straight lanes to a statue quarterback. Gabbert, fourth nationally in pass efficiency, completed only 17 of 43 passes.
This changes everything in the Big 12 North. Missouri is virtually eliminated. It would have to have Nebraska lose twice to pass the Huskers. That's without mentioning Kansas, which hosts Nebraska later in the season. The difference is that Kansas has a much harder conference schedule.
If Nebraska takes care of business it will be in the Big 12 title game in Bo Pelini's second season. Well done, Huskers. Gutty win.
• A billboard has gone up near downtown Tampa that proclaims South Florida is now part of the “Big 4”. Miami, Florida and Florida State are commonly referred to as the Big Three in the state, but after the Bulls victory over FSU, some fans apparently have gone a big ga-ga.
"I haven't seen it, I had nothing to do with it, I don't know how it got up and I don't know who put it up,'' coach Jim Leavitt said.
It’s a good week to be off before a Thursday showdown against Cincinnati.• Anything to get on the field, even if it's a baseball diamond for USC quarterback Mitch Mustain.
• Bad week for "mentors" of Big 12 receivers -- MC Hammer (Michael Crabtree) and Deion Sanders (Dez Bryant). Now it looks like Bryant is in bigger trouble that we originally thought. The latest story suggests that Bryant might have played while ineligible. Somewhere Hart Lee Dykes is laughing.