COLUMBIA, Missouri (Ticker) -- No. 21 Colorado would like nothing better than to get other shot at Oklahoma in the Big 12 Conference championship game.
Despite last week's loss to the Sooners, the Buffaloes still control their own destiny in the Big 12 North race and can move a step closer with a victory at Missouri.
Colorado (6-3, 4-1) has only one conference loss, while Iowa State and Kansas State have lost twice in conference play. The Buffaloes can clinch the division with a win over Missouri and a victory next week against Iowa State.
Colorado hopes to do a better job of holding on to the ball as it committed four turnovers in last week's 27-11 loss to Oklahoma that snapped a five-game winning streak. The Sooners converted those miscues into 24 points.
Chris Brown, the nation's leading rusher, ran for 103 yards on 25 carries, but fumbled on Colorado's first possession. Shortly thereafter, Nate Hybl tossed a 17-yard touchdown pass to Antwone Savage, and the Buffaloes never recovered.
The Buffaloes will have to contend with quarterback Brad Smith, one of the nation's most productive freshman. The first freshman to start a season opener in Missouri history, Smith accounted for 318 yards of total offense in last week's 42-35 loss to Iowa State.
A dual threat, Smith has passed for 1,827 yards and rushed for 856. The 2,683 combined yards, which ranks eighth nationally, already is a Missouri record for total offense.
However, Missouri's defense has been suspect and it was against against Iowa State as Seneca Wallace burned the Tigers by completing 31-of-47 yards for 425 yards and a touchdown. Wallace capped a 93-yard drive with a one-yard TD run that snapped a 35-35 tie with 40 seconds remaining.
Colorado does not have nearly as dangerous a quarterback in Robert Hodge, who threw two costly interceptions last week. The Buffaloes likely will try to wear down the Tigers with their ground attack.
However, Colorado will do well not to look past Missouri, which was in position to upset No. 2 Oklahoma last month. The Tigers rallied from a 17-point deficit in the third quarter to take the lead in the fourth period before the Sooners scored the winning touchdown on faked field goal to get past Missouri, 31-24.
Missouri also gave Nebraska a scare in a 24-13 loss at Memorial Stadium as the Tigers led, 13-7, late in the second quarter.
Colorado has won 15 of the last 17 against Missouri to open a 35-28-3 lead in the all-time series. Last year, the Buffaloes spotted the Tigers an early 14-point lead before rallying for a 38-24 victory.