This historic rivalry dating all the way back to... 2014! And for the first time in the series HISTORY it will not be played on the weekend after Thanksgiving, and on Black Friday. Not only will it not be played on Black Friday, but did you hear we’re in the middle of a pandemic? And it’s wreaking some havoc on rosters around the league enough Ole Miss is on pause forcing their game against Texas A&M to be postponed or cancelled or whatever.
But Missouri and Arkansas are playing in the Barry Odom Bowl vol 1! Let’s get to it...
Missouri-Arkansas football: 11:00 A.M., Columbia, MO
TIME: 11:00 a.m. CT
DATE: Saturday, December 5, 2020
LOCATION: Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium; Columbia, MO.
Missouri-Arkansas football: Follow the game, TV Channel
TELEVISION: SEC Network
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Missouri-Arkansas football: Betting odds, predictions
As of Friday evening, Missouri is a 3.0-point favorite over Arkansas, according to VegasInsider.com. The total points (over/under) is 53.5.
Josh Matejka: Like Lloyd Christmas, I was way off in calling Mizzou vs. Vanderbilt last week, even if Missouri did end up taking home a win. Even I was on a hot streak, though, I wouldn’t touch Missouri -3 with a 39-and-a-half-foot pole. When Missouri and Arkansas are even somewhat evenly matched, this always turns out to be a pretty close game. Arkansas grades out better in terms of the advanced numbers, but Missouri is four out of their last five. I still think there’s another step for the offense to take, and why not take it in the Battle Line Rivalry? I wouldn’t bet it, but Missouri wins 31-27.
Nate Edwards: Since moving to the SEC in 2012, here are the finishes of the Battle Line Trophy presented by Shelter Insurance:
- 2014: Missouri 21 - Arkansas 14
- 2015: Missouri 3 - Arkansas 28
- 2016: Missouri 28 - Arkansas 24
- 2017: Missouri 48 - Arkansas 45
- 2018: Missouri 38 - Arkansas 0
- 2019: Missouri 24 - Arkansas 14
Add that up and you get Missouri 162 - Arkansas 125, an average of Missouri 27 - Arkansas 21(ish). I’ll say it’s closer than that this season, probably something like Missouri 24 - Arkansas 21. So, no, I’m not betting money on this and you shouldn’t either, you degenerate gamblers. But wow do I really hope the Tigers win this game. I’m terrified of what a scorned Barry Odom will do...
Other SEC Games:
- 11am: 5. Texas A&M vs Auburn
- 2:30pm: 6. Florida vs Tennessee
- 6:30pm: South Carolina vs Kentucky
- 7pm: Alabama vs LSU
- Vanderbilt vs Georgia (postponed)
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