Mizzou-Indiana football preview

09/19/2013 5:24 PM

09/19/2013 5:33 PM

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. 31 Murray State W, 58-14
Sept. 7 Toledo W, 38-23
Saturday at Indiana 7 p.m.
Sept. 28 Arkansas State 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 5 at Vanderbilt TBA
Oct. 12 at Georgia TBA
Oct. 19 Florida TBA
Oct. 26 South Carolina TBA
Nov. 2 Tennessee TBA
Nov. 9 at Kentucky TBA
Nov. 23 at Mississippi TBA
Nov. 30 Texas A TBA

INDIANA (2-1, 0-0 Big Ten)
Date Opponent Result/time
Aug. 29 Indiana State W, 73-35
Sept. 7 Navy L, 41-35
Sept. 14 Bowling Green W, 42-10
Saturday Missouri 7 p.m.
Oct. 5 Penn State TBA
Oct. 12 at Michigan State 11 a.m.
Oct. 19 at Michigan 2:30 p.m.
Nov. 2 Minnesota 2:30 p.m.
Nov. 9 Illinois TBA
Nov. 16 at Wisconsin TBA
Nov. 23 at Ohio State TBA
Nov. 30 Purdue TBA

MISSOURI OFFENSE
P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR 15 Dorial Green-Beckham 6-6 225 So.
WR 85 Marcus Lucas 6-5 220 Sr.
LT 68 Justin Britt 6-6 315 Sr.
LG 61 Max Copeland 6-3 300 Sr.
C 77 Evan Boehm 6-3 315 So.
RG 60 Connor McGovern 6-4 310 So.
RT 65 Mitch Morse 6-6 305 Jr.
WR 21 Bud Sasser 6-2 210 Jr.
WR 2 L’Damian Washington 6-4 205 Sr.
QB 1 James Franklin 6-2 230 Sr.
RB 20 Henry Josey 5-10 190 Jr.
K 99 Andrew Baggett 6-1 215 So.

MISSOURI DEFENSE
P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE 52 Michael Sam 6-2 255 Sr.
DT 89 Matt Hoch 6-5 295 Jr.
NG 96 Lucas Vincent 6-2 305 Jr.
DE 47 Kony Ealy 6-5 275 Jr.
LB 10 Kentrell Brothers 6-1 240 So.
LB 30 Michael Scherer 6-3 235 Fr.
LB 8 Donovan Bonner 6-1 245 Sr.
CB 31 E.J. Gaines 5-11 195 Sr.
FS 17 Matt White 6-0 195 Sr.
SS 9 Braylon Webb 6-0 205 Jr.
CB 7 Randy Ponder 5-10 195 Sr.
P 92 Christian Brinser 6-2 200 Jr.

INDIANA OFFENSE
P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR 3 Cody Latimer 6-3 215 Jr.
WR 1 Shane Wynn 5-7 170 Jr.
LT 78 Jason Spriggs 6-7 297 So.
LG 50 Jake Reed 6-4 291 So.
C 64 Collin Rahrig 6-2 285 Jr.
RG 68 David Kaminski 6-4 300 So.
RT 59 Peyton Eckert 6-6 310 Jr.
TE 83 Ted Bolser 6-6 252 Sr.
WR 13 Kofi Hughes 6-2 217 Sr.
QB 7 Nate Sudfeld 6-5 230 So.
RB 6 Tevin Coleman 6-1 205 So.
K 16 Mitch Ewald 5-10 176 Sr.

INDIANA DEFENSE
P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE 25 Ryan Phillis 6-3 260 Jr.
DT 95 Bobby Richardson 6-3 281 Jr.
DT 69 Alex Todd 6-3 301 So.
DE 56 Nick Mangieri 6-5 260 So.
LB 42 David Cooper 6-1 235 Jr.
LB 2 T.J. Simmons 6-0 240 Fr.
LB 4 Flo Hardin 6-1 225 Jr.
CB 24 Tim Bennett 5-9 190 Jr.
S 27 Mark Murphy 6-2 210 Jr.
S 9 Greg Heban 6-1 205 Sr.
CB 17 Michael Hunter 6-1 190 So.
P 36 Erich Toth 6-3 206 So.
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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