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Mizzou-Indiana football preview

Updated: 2013-09-19T22:33:14Z

When/where: 7 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Ind.

TV/radio: Big Ten Network; KMBZ (980 AM, 98.1 FM)

The series: Indiana leads 6-2-2

The line: Missouri by 3

MIZZOU (2-0, 0-0 SEC)

What’s at stake

A 3-0 start, which historically has signaled great things for Missouri. The Tigers have started a season 3-0 seven times since coach Gary Pinkel’s arrival in 2001. Most recently, Missouri zoomed to a 3-0 start in 2010 on the way to a Big 12 North Division title and a 10-3 record. The Tigers also would be in great shape for a bowl game with a victory.

Cheers if …

Missouri’s defense can slow down Indiana’s potent offensive attack. The Hoosiers average 50 points per game and rank eighth in the nation averaging 571.3 yards of total offense, including 339 yards through the air. If the Tigers can keep Indiana under 30 points, it would be a tremendous achievement.

Jeers if …

Missouri’s ground game doesn’t gain traction. Indiana’s defense is giving up 237 rushing yards per game. Those numbers are skewed by the 444 yards Navy rolled up in a 41-35 win, but it’s still safe to say defending the run in a weak point for the Hoosiers. It’s one Henry Josey and company need to exploit.

Three things about Indiana

1 Indiana has one winning season since 1994 and has cycled through five coaches now during Gary Pinkel’s 13-year tenure at Missouri. The Hoosiers have been to only nine bowl games in the 126-year history of the program.

2 Defensively, Indiana hasn’t been great, allowing more than 400 yards and 28 points per game. However, the Hoosiers’ third-down defense has been relatively strong, allowing opponents to convert only 31.9 percent of the time.

3 Indiana lost the first two meetings in its series against Missouri, dropping close games in 1953 and 1954. Since then, the Hoosiers are 6-0-2 against the Tigers, including a 4-0 mark at home. Of course, the teams haven’t played since 1992.

Key matchup

Missouri’s secondary vs. Indiana’s receivers: The Hoosiers have four pass catchers with at least 1,000 career receiving yards for the first time. Junior wide receiver Shane Wynn joined the 1,000-yard club during last week’s win against Bowling Green, while senior wide receiver Kofi Hughes, junior wide receiver Cody Latimer and senior tight end Ted Bolser were already in the club. The Tigers’ secondary can’t afford any careless moments against a such a seasoned crew of pass catchers.

Date Opponent Result/time
Aug. 31Murray StateW, 58-14
Sept. 7ToledoW, 38-23
Saturdayat Indiana7 p.m.
Sept. 28Arkansas State6:30 p.m.
Oct. 5at VanderbiltTBA
Oct. 12at GeorgiaTBA
Oct. 19FloridaTBA
Oct. 26South CarolinaTBA
Nov. 2TennesseeTBA
Nov. 9at KentuckyTBA
Nov. 23at MississippiTBA
Nov. 30Texas A&MTBA

INDIANA (2-1, 0-0 Big Ten)

Date Opponent Result/time
Aug. 29Indiana StateW, 73-35
Sept. 7NavyL, 41-35
Sept. 14Bowling GreenW, 42-10
SaturdayMissouri7 p.m.
Oct. 5Penn StateTBA
Oct. 12at Michigan State11 a.m.
Oct. 19at Michigan2:30 p.m.
Nov. 2Minnesota2:30 p.m.
Nov. 9IllinoisTBA
Nov. 16at WisconsinTBA
Nov. 23at Ohio StateTBA
Nov. 30PurdueTBA

MISSOURI OFFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR15Dorial Green-Beckham6-6225So.
WR85Marcus Lucas6-5220Sr.
LT68Justin Britt6-6315Sr.
LG61Max Copeland6-3300Sr.
C77Evan Boehm6-3315So.
RG60Connor McGovern6-4310So.
RT65Mitch Morse6-6305Jr.
WR21Bud Sasser6-2210Jr.
WR2L’Damian Washington6-4205Sr.
QB1James Franklin6-2230Sr.
RB20Henry Josey5-10190Jr.
K99Andrew Baggett6-1215So.

MISSOURI DEFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE52Michael Sam6-2255Sr.
DT89Matt Hoch6-5295Jr.
NG96Lucas Vincent6-2305Jr.
DE47Kony Ealy6-5275Jr.
LB10Kentrell Brothers6-1240So.
LB30Michael Scherer6-3235Fr.
LB8Donovan Bonner6-1245Sr.
CB31E.J. Gaines5-11195Sr.
FS17Matt White6-0195Sr.
SS9Braylon Webb6-0205Jr.
CB7Randy Ponder5-10195Sr.
P92Christian Brinser6-2200Jr.

INDIANA OFFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR3Cody Latimer6-3215Jr.
WR1Shane Wynn5-7170Jr.
LT78Jason Spriggs6-7297So.
LG50Jake Reed6-4291So.
C64Collin Rahrig6-2285Jr.
RG68David Kaminski6-4300So.
RT59Peyton Eckert6-6310Jr.
TE83Ted Bolser6-6252Sr.
WR13Kofi Hughes6-2217Sr.
QB7Nate Sudfeld6-5230So.
RB6Tevin Coleman6-1205So.
K16Mitch Ewald5-10176Sr.

INDIANA DEFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE25Ryan Phillis6-3260Jr.
DT95Bobby Richardson6-3281Jr.
DT69Alex Todd6-3301So.
DE56Nick Mangieri6-5260So.
LB42David Cooper6-1235Jr.
LB2T.J. Simmons6-0240Fr.
LB4Flo Hardin6-1225Jr.
CB24Tim Bennett5-9190Jr.
S27Mark Murphy6-2210Jr.
S9Greg Heban6-1205Sr.
CB17Michael Hunter6-1190So.
P36Erich Toth6-3206So.

Tod Palmer’s pick: Missouri 45-31

Indiana has a potent offense, so this game is going to be a high-scoring affair. Ultimately, though, Missouri’s defense is better and will come up with a few more stops. Now healthy, Tigers senior quarterback James Franklin has been steady and dynamic. He should be better equipped to avoid the big mistake a sophomore, like Hoosiers quarterback Nate Sudfeld, might make.

| Tod Palmer, tpalmer@kcstar.com

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