The Missouri Tigers (9-2, 5-2 Big 12) earned their second shutout of the season as they defeated the Iowa State Cyclones, 14-0, in Ames this past Saturday.
The last time Mizzou had two shutouts in a single season was 1978. The Tigers entered the Iowa State game ranked No. 2 in the NCAA in red zone defense, allowing opponents to score on just 57 percent of their trips inside the red zone.
Missouri's offense moved the ball efficiently, while junior tight end Michael Egnew continued to be QB Blaine Gabbert's go-to receiver, catching seven passes for 77 yards and a touchdown. Egnew leads the nation with 78 receptions for 663 yards and four touchdowns on the season.
Now, Mizzou can simply throw out all those nice stats as they head to Kansas City to face their archrival, the Kansas Jayhawks.
For 119 years, Missouri and Kansas have played each other, gradually building into one of the nation's most heated rivalries.
Each team feels the pressure to win the "rivalry" game. Kansas coach Turner Gill is in his first year, but he is already well aware of the rivalry with Mizzou. "Dad, you better win this one," Gill says his daughter told him this week. Smart girl! Gill needs the win after an up-and-down season as the Jayhawks' newly appointed leader.
Missouri's T.J. Moe took things a little further than the "just win" attitude, telling reporters earlier this week, "I hate them...I've been a Mizzou fan my whole life. From Day 1. Every time I see a KU shirt, I just want to burn it."
Moe added, "I don't like them, I can't give them credit for anything. They don't have an advantage anywhere."
MU's coach Gary Pinkel knows just how dangerous this rivalry game can be. "You inherit this rivalry when you come to Mizzou as a player or a coach. It's one of the greatest rivalries of college football. I've said this every year...you can throw the records out."
On paper, Mizzou should win easily, but as everyone knows, this game will be a battle from the opening kickoff.
MU 24, KU 13