SB Nation's Rock M Nation launches its regular "Beyond The Box Score" look at Missouri's Week 9 opponent, Nebraska:
No team in the country is more dependent on the concept of Leverage than Nebraska. They have one of the best offenses on standard downs (1st downs, 2nd-and-6 or less, 3rd-and-4 or less) and the best defense in the country on passing downs. But on the flipside, their offense is extremely vulnerable on passing downs, and their defense can be pushed around a bit on standard downs. The winner of this game will be largely determined by how each team does early in a given set of downs. We will obviously go into much greater detail below, but that is the entire game in a nutshell.
Close your eyes for a moment and imagine how you think an offense would rank when they have a super-young quarterback with explosive rushing ability, the quarterbacking instincts of a redshirt freshman, and an iffy supporting cast. Now open your eyes and look at the data below.