After the emotional high from the win over Oklahoma, Mizzou was brought to life in Nebraska, in a 31-17 loss, their first of the season. The Tigers had won 7 straight to begin the season, which vaulted them into the number six-ranked position, but to think they'd win against the 14th ranked Cornhuskers was another story. The Tigers had won only once in Lincoln since 1978 and that stayed intact. While Mizzou made a slight run in the 2nd half, it was never too close, as Nebraska saw Roy Helu Jr. run for a school record 307 yards on a Mizzou defense that came in as one of the nation's best.
Following their first loss, Mizzou went into Lubbock to take on Texas Tech. Despite jumping out to a quick 17-3 lead, Mizzou couldn't score the entire second half, as Tech pulled off the upset, winning 24-17. Tech started its comeback when former starter Taylor Potts came off the bench to throw for 188 yards and three touchdowns, which led to Mizzou's second loss of the season.
Despite two straight losses, the Tigers found themselves with a number 17 ranking and going up against 24th ranked Kansas State. While the Wildcats got a few late touchdowns to make the final score of 38-28 seem respectable, Missouri took it to Kansas State in a key win between Big 12 foes.
Missouri is set up to play Iowa State (5-6) this Saturday in their 2nd to last game of the season, with the Border War against Kansas capping off the season. While Missouri is 1-2 on the road this year, they should have a good chance to win in Ames, a place Iowa State hasn't beaten a ranked team in eight times in a row. However, with every game being that much more magnified in terms of rankings and bowl position, Mizzou cannot sleep on this one. The Tigers won 34-24 in last season's meeting between the two teams, and Iowa State has proven to be dangerous for some teams this season. The Cyclones have beaten Texas, and were a 2-point conversion away from upsetting Nebraska in overtime. Mizzou must not look ahead to its bitter rivalry match-up with KU, and focus their efforts on Iowa State. 10-2 would be a great finish, but you can't reach that feat until you go 9-2 first.