Is Missouri heading into hornet's nest?

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Back before Chase Daniel and Jeremy Maclin turned fortunes around, Missouri's game against Nevada was the kind of game that Missouri always seemed to lose.

In those underachieving days of Gary Pinkel's early history at Missouri, the Tigers lost at Bowling Green (51-28 in 2002), at Troy (24-14 in 2004) and at home against New Mexico (45-35 in 2005). These national television games seemed to always give them a problem.

That trend seems to have changed since Daniel and Maclin led the Tigers to back-to-back championship game appearances. Both are gone now and we'll see if Missouri regresses without them.

Missouri blew out Nevada last year in Columbia, notching a 69-17 victory last season. Something tells me that Chris Ault remembers Tommy Saunders' gadget pass that pushed the lead to 52-17 early in the second half.

This ought to be interesting to see how Blaine Gabbert fares in his first road game.

I can't wait.