Maybe a trip to the mountains is just what the Mizzou Tigers need as they try to break their three game Big 12 losing streak. Instead of playing under the lights, the Tigers will be in the sunshine as they play the Colorado Buffaloes for the 75th time Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers are coming off a 41 – 7 thumping at the hands of the number three Texas Longhorns. This game was essentially over at halftime as Texas scored three first quarter touchdowns. The Tigers would get on the scoreboard in the second quarter, but the Longhorns put any thoughts of a comeback away with two more touchdowns before halftime. The numbers from the game speak for themselves as the Longhorns had 400 yards of offense while the Tigers could only manage 173.
The Buffaloes are also coming off a loss to Kansas State, after an upset win the week before over Kansas. This was a game that Colorado did lead early, but Kansas State would score 17 unanswered points and took a 20-6 halftime lead. That would end the scoring for both teams as that would be the final score. The Buffaloes would be hurt with turnovers. They would have two fumbles and two interceptions that led to 10 Wildcat points.
Just like last week, this is a Homecoming game, only this time it is for Colorado. The Buffaloes have a 2-1 mark at home this season, and the Tigers have a mark of 14-20-1 all time in Colorado. The Tigers did beat Colorado during their last trip to Folsum Field in 2007, 55-10.
Much of the focus of this game will continue to be on the ankle of Mizzou quarterback Blaine Gabbert. The ankle, injured in the loss against Nebraska, still continues to hamper his play. Last week against Texas, he went 8 for 16 for 84 yards and one touchdown pass. He would leave in the third quarter after being sacked and tweaking the injury again, giving way to backup quarterback Jimmy Costello.
The Tigers and Buffaloes will kick off Saturday afternoon at 12:30.