When/where: 3 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Columbia
TV/radio: SEC Network; KMBZ (98.1 FM)
The series: First meeting
The line: Off (no line for FCS opponents)
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What’s at stake
Not much. This should be the football equivalent of an uncontested layup for Missouri. The Hornets have one winning season since 2007, which is the last (and only) time Delaware State has appeared in the Football Championship Series playoffs.
Cheers if ...
Missouri dominates on the ground. Delaware State’s defense allows 300.5 rushing yards per game. It should be a confidence-building game for a Tigers offensive line and running-backs stable seeking consistency and working to finish blocks at the point of attack.
Jeers if ...
Missouri’s first string isn’t out of the game early in the second half, assuming first-year coach Barry Odom and his staff want to do that to minimize the risk of injury to key contributors and to get non-practice reps for backup players in front of a big crowd.
Tod Palmer’s pick: Missouri 48-7
Delaware State, which is 3-20 during the last two seasons, is 1-6 against Football Bowl Subdivision competition, including a 52-26 win against Akron in 1987. More recently, the Hornets lost 63-6 against Michigan in 2009, 23-7 against Cincinnati in 2012, 59-0 against Temple in 2014 and 45-13 against Kent State in 2015.
Three things about Delaware State
1 The Hornets claim a national Football Championship Series title as Black College Football national champions for the 2007 season. The honor was bestowed by the defunct American Sports Wire and Dr. Cavil’s Classic Cuts & SWAC Page Network.
2 Delaware State has produced 10 NFL Draft picks, including Super Bowl champion and former 49ers great John Taylor. Taylor still owns the Hornets’ single-game receiving record with 223 yards on only five catches against St. Paul’s in 1985.
3 Quarterback Neil Lomax, who led Division I-AA (now FCS) in passing each season during 1978-80, led Portland State to a 105-0 victory against Delaware State on Nov. 9, 1980. It’s the most points ever allowed in an FCS game. Portland State also set records for most first-quarter points (49) and most third-quarter points (35).
Sophomore quarterback Drew Lock vs. Mizzou’s record book: Lock threw for 450 yards against Eastern Michigan, which was 30 shy of Jeff Handy’s single-game program record (480 on Oct. 17, 1992, at Oklahoma State). As bad as Delaware State’s run defense is, Lock probably can challenge the record again if the Tigers want to be cruel.