Offensive players not on two-deep to make trip: QB Micah Wilson, WR Keyon Dilosa, QB Jack Lowary, RB Nate Strong, OL AJ Harris, TE Tyler Hanneke
Def players players not on two-deep to make trip: CB Anthony Hines, CB TJ Warren, WR Justin Smith, S Brock Bondurant, DE Josh Moore, LB Tanner Hull, LB Eric Beisel, LB Franklin Agbasimere, LB Jacob Trump, DT Markell Utsey
Veteran scholarship players not on trip: S Tavon Ross, LB Grant Jones, WR DeSean Blair, CB Finis Stribling, LB Roderick Winters, OL Tanner Owen, WR Richaud Floyd, DE Nate Howard
But in the weirdest of ways, while it was hard to watch Mizzou take this beating, you still got a sense that this team has a higher ceiling than last year’s five-win squad. "It just feels different than last year’s losses, as far as knowing we left plays on the field," sophomore quarterback Drew Lock said.
The Line: By far the biggest question mark entering the season, given that only one player on it (Alec Abeln) had ever started a collegiate game, Missouri’s line held its own against the Mountaineers. It kept a solid pocket for Lock most of the day, only allowing one sack on a blitz by strongside linebacker Justin Arndt. The Tigers averaged a respectable 3.8 yards per carry and, while the quarterbacks (76 yards on 16 carries) had more success than the tailbacks (104 yards on 31 carries),
Senior Josh Augusta said the package is called "Bone" and offered, at best, a PG-13 reason for the name. West Virginia only knows it was effective. Early in the fourth quarter, with Missouri facing fourth and 1 at the West Virginia 36-yard line, Augusta trotted onto the field and took a handoff, diving forward for a yard and a first down.
The Mountaineers (1-0) piled up 494 yards of offense against a Missouri defense that was expected to be the team’s strength. It marked the first time Missouri (0-1) surrendered more than 450 yards since its 2014 Southeastern Conference Championship loss to Alabama. A year ago, when Odom was MU’s defensive coordinator, the Tigers limited 11 of 12 opponents to fewer than 370 yards.
That was the day’s biggest surprise. A West Virginia offensive line missing its left guard and left tackle manhandled the Tigers along the line of scrimmage. Odom’s team came here as 10-point underdogs but counted on its sturdy defense to keep things competitive while an offense in training wheels took time to develop. Instead, the Tigers let West Virginia seize control of the trenches. WVU’s 494 yards of offense were the most against MU’s defense since the 2014 SEC championship game loss to Alabama.
The Tigers run defense had a concerning effort: Missouri’s run defense was 14th in S&P+ last season. Allowing 240+ yards on the ground is not the way you want to start the ensuing campaign,