WELCOME TO MIZZOU FOOTBALL SATU...ER, I MEAN, FRIDAY
Rivalry week and a chance to strengthen their postseason profile is what is on the table for Mizzou football this week, after last week’s destruction of Vanderbilt clinched the Tigers’ first bowl berth since a Citrus Bowl win with Gary Pinkel in 2014.
The Razorbacks have been hit hard with injuries all season, with top receiver Jared Cornelius along with an injury-prone offensive line making routine offense difficult for senior quarterback Austin Allen. Allen, with the help of a solid run game, managed to help scrape together a 57th rank in Offensive S&P+ rating.
Where Arkansas usually falters is on the defensive end. They hadn’t held an FBS opponent under 30 points since September; except, that is, when the Razorbacks managed to hold an explosive Mississippi State offense to a respectable 28 points last week.
With a 4-7 record, meaning a miss of the postseason and their coach likely on his way out, Arkansas only has pride and a rivalry trophy to play for. A defensive performance similar to the one they put against the Bulldogs may hamper Mizzou a little, but with instability at the offensive line against the Tigers’ deadly pass rush, this game may be won in the trenches.
Nonetheless, rivalry games can bring out the best in players, even if this conflict’s history is fairly brand new. Can Barry Odom make the win streak stretch to six and strengthen our bowl resume?
WHO ARE WE PLAYING?: Arkansas (4-7)
WHEN'S KICKOFF?: 1:30 p.m. CT
WHERE'S IT AT?: Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium (72,000)
WHAT DOES VEGAS SAY?: Missouri -10
WHAT DOES S&P+ SAY?: Missouri by 9
WHERE TO WATCH/LISTEN:
RADIO: TIGER NETWORK (Mike Kelly, Howard Richards, Mike Gervino)
Television: SEC Network - Channel Finder
Radio: Tiger Radio Network // Sirius/XM -119/199
Facebook: Mizzou Football
Live Stats: StatBroadcast