Missouri Tigers’ keys to a homecoming win against Idaho

LEXINGTON, KY - OCTOBER 07: Damarea Crockett
LEXINGTON, KY - OCTOBER 07: Damarea Crockett /

Today marks the seventh time the Missouri Tigers have taken the field this season. Here are some things we’d like to see the Tigers do against Idaho, today.

The first, and most obvious thing we’d like to see Missouri do, is win. In order win, Mizzou has to play with purpose and limit mistakes in all phases of the game.

On offense, the Tigers won’t see much, if any, of running back Damarea Crockett, who sat out the fourth quarter of the Georgia game with a shoulder injury. His status is unclear, so on the ground, Mizzou is potentially limited coming out of the gate.

Good or bad, we will see how offensive coordinator Josh Heupel incorporates freshman running back Larry Rountree in the backfield. Barring a breakout performance, I expect to see Ish Witter get the bulk of Missouri’s carries.

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Missouri’s receiving game has ebbed and flowed at irregular intervals for the Tigers. If Heupel finds reason to involve the tight ends in more short passing situations, then the Tigers’ game through the air could be a boon against Idaho’s pass defense.

On defense, the Tigers will have to get pressure up front on Idaho’s quarterback. Unfortunately, on offense, Idaho’s strong point is its passing game. Missouri’s biggest weakness is the defensive secondary.

If the defensive front can get pressure on the Vandals’ quarterback, then maybe it will force more short (and incomplete) passes.

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Specials teams needs to have a solid day, as well. Last week against Georgia, there were too many botched snaps in punting situations. Hopefully, that’s been addressed and cleaned up. We’ll see how Missouri does, after head coach Barry Odom’s fiery talk with his team.