The Missouri Tigers played their best football all year against Florida last week and look to continue their winning streak against the hapless Vols.
Last week, it seemed like Mizzou was playing like it was 2013, again. With a convincing 45-16 win over Florida, the Tigers looked like a fully formed team, ready to take on the worst team in the SEC, in Tennessee.
Tennessee comes in last in nearly every offensive statistic in the SEC, rank last in yards per game with 298.1 and 13th in points per game.
Quarterbacks Quinten Dormandy and Jarrett Garantano have struggled all season for the Vols, and now star receiver Marquez Callaway, being questionable for the game, gives Tennessee even less offensive weapons to work with.
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Running back John Kelly will be the only threat the Tigers’ defense will have to worry about. Luckily, defending the run is the defense’s greatest strength, which shouldn’t be too difficult with the likes of Terry Beckner, Jr. and A.J. Logan consistently improving each week.
While the Vols have had consistent offensive woes, the Tigers offense continues improving each week, while Drew Lock is playing the best football of his career. After dominating Florida’s defense, Lock will come in ready to rain fire on an even weaker Tennessee secondary.
Receivers Emmanuel Hall and Albert Okwuegbunam are still Lock’s favorite targets and defenses still haven’t found a way to stop Hall as a deep threat or Okwuegbunam in the red zone.
Running backs Ish Witter and Larry Rountree have done more than enough to pick up the slack while Damarea Crockett recovers from his injury. Rountree had a career day against Florida with 83 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns. Expect Witter and Rountree to tally up even more damage this Saturday.
In what will be the worst SEC team the Tigers face this season, Missouri will win, easily. Lock will put on a show, and the Tigers defense will stop the Vols in their tracks in what will be a repeat of last week’s game against the Gators, where the Tigers dominated on both sides of the ball.