ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Missouri vs. Nebraska is now a rivalry.
After years of being dominated by the Cornhuskers, the Tigers have split the last four games with Nebraska, taking the last two meetings at home.
The Big 12 North favorites meet again Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd in Columbia, Mo., in a game that could go a long way toward determining who represents the division in the conference title game.
"It's a big game and we can't wait," Missouri running back Tony Temple said earlier this week. "We might as well just go play now."
No. 17 Missouri (4-0) last played in front of a home sellout in 2003, when it beat Nebraska to end a 24-game losing streak in the series.
For the first time since 1969, Missouri faces Nebraska as the highest ranked team.
Still, considering the Tigers' recent history of fast starts and poor finishes -- last year they started 6-0 and ended up 8-5 -- and Nebraska's eight-game winning streak against North opponents, Missouri enters with much to prove.
"You can talk about it all you want, but until you do it, until you get it done, then we haven't changed," Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said. "I like to think we are better, I like to think we're more mature, that we can win some of these fourth quarter games, because you're going to have to do that."
No. 25 Nebraska (4-1, 1-0) has had a rough go of it for a team with only one loss, especially on defense.
The Cornhuskers have been outgained each of the last four weeks, surrendering 610 yards to Ball State in a one-point win. Last week Iowa State ran 102 plays -- the most ever against Nebraska -- in the Huskers' 35-17 win.
"I think anytime you win restores confidence in what you're doing," coach Bill Callahan said. "Winning grows confidence and teams get momentum and get on a roll."
Missouri has been tough to beat at home, going 21-6 since 2003. Plus, an open date last week gave the Tigers an extra week to prepare. Quarterback Chase Daniel said it's almost been "annoying" that he knows so much about this particular opponent.
"We feel like we have a great home-field advantage and it helps us, it really does," Daniel said. "I think people understand that and they'll come out in full force."
The game shapes up as a shootout. Missouri is fifth in the nation in total offense with 544 yards per game with a 42-point average, and Nebraska is 18th with 468 yards and a 36-point average.
Missouri has surrendered 100 points, Nebraska 133.
"If it comes down to that, if that is the shape that the game takes, then I'm all for it," Nebraska quarterback Sam Keller said. "It doesn't really matter how it happens, as long we play well and come in prepared and get ourselves a victory."
The Cornhuskers have beaten a ranked opponent on the road each of the last two seasons.
"What I think is important right now is the rate of improvement relative to everyone else," Callahan said. "If we can maintain that standard, week-in and week-out, that's all I'm looking for."
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Missouri shoots for its second straight 5-0 start to the season as it opens Big 12 play by hosting Nebraska. Tigers QB Chase Daniel looks to continue his strong play against the Huskers' 77th-rated defense.