Missouri, Nebraska Grab Prime-Time Football Slot

As Iowa found out a few years ago when Missouri ditched a home-and-away football series with the Hawkeyes, Mizzou will do what it deems is best for Mizzou.

By the way, much as you Hawkeye fans surely enjoyed your team’s dominance of South Carolina in the Outback Bowl, a Missouri-Iowa Alamo Bowl would still have been a better and more-meaningful matchup.

Anyway, Missouri is going to host Big 12 rival Nebraska on a Thursday night this year. It’s the conference-opener for both. ESPN will air it, and it will be a big deal.

The HuskerExtra.com story: http://www.huskerextra.com/articles/2009/02/13/football/doc4994cecf95ae9266018125.txt?orss=1

As part of the bargain, apparently, the Tigers will also get their game at Nevada moved to a Friday night for ESPN packaging, and the Mizzou-Illinois annual tussle in St. Louis is also set for an ESPN slotting.

Nebraska won’t mind the national audience for its trip to Columbia, either.
It’s a progressive move by both programs. I’m not sure I’d want to have the Thursday night game, especially if it meant a road trip. But at the same time, you know it will attract a lot of television eyeballs who normally don’t see these two teams.

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