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Missouri-Central Florida college football preview

Central Florida’s Rannell Hall ran past the Baylor defense for a 50-yard touchdown reception in the Fiesta Bowl in January.
Central Florida’s Rannell Hall ran past the Baylor defense for a 50-yard touchdown reception in the Fiesta Bowl in January. McClatchy-Tribune

When/where: 11 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Columbia

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

The series: Missouri leads 1-0

The line: Missouri by 9 1/2

MISSOURI (2-0)

Date

Opponent

Result/time

Aug. 30

South Dakota State

W, 38-18

Sept. 6

at Toledo

W, 49-24

Saturday

Central Florida

11:01 a.m.

Sept. 20

Indiana

3 p.m.

Sept. 27

at South Carolina

TBA

Oct. 11

Georgia

TBA

Oct. 18

at Florida

TBA

Oct. 25

Vanderbilt

TBA

Nov. 1

Kentucky

TBA

Nov. 15

at Texas A&M

TBA

Nov. 22

at Tennessee

TBA

Nov. 28

Arkansas

1:30 p.m.

CENTRAL FLORIDA (0-1)

Date

Opponent

Result/time

Aug. 30

vs. Penn State (Dublin, Ireland)

L, 26-24

Saturday

at Missouri

11 a.m.

Sept. 20

Bethune-Cookman

5 p.m.

Oct. 2

at Houston

6 p.m.

Oct. 9

BYU

6:30 p.m.

Oct. 18

Tulane

TBA

Oct. 25

Temple

TBA

Nov. 1

at Connecticut

TBA

Nov. 14

Tulsa

7 p.m.

Nov. 22

Southern Methodist

TBA

Nov. 28

at South Florida

TBA

Dec. 4

at East Carolina

6:30 p.m.

What’s at stake

Much like last season, Missouri was something of an enigma to a lot of fans, opponents and national observers. So far, the Tigers largely have passed every test with flying colors. No. 20 Missouri can continue moving up in the polls with a solid home victory.

Cheers if …

The passing game hit some big plays against South Dakota State in the opener, but quarterback Maty Mauk and Missouri really sizzled last week against Toledo. Senior wide receivers Jimmie Hunt, Bud Sasser and Darius White have all contributed, but that chemistry (and the resulting production) must keep building.

Jeers if …

Missouri has given up a few big plays in the run game. It’s not time to panic, but the gap-discipline issues and missed tackles are concerning. Of course, those issues also are correctable. The Tigers need to make progress and stop getting gashed for big-gainers on the ground.

Three things about Central Florida

1 Sophomore running back William Stanback missed the Knights’ opener against Penn State. He is on the preseason Doak Walker Award list after rushing for 443 yards in 105 carries with six touchdowns as Storm Johnson’s backup. Stanback should boost a run game that managed only 24 yards in 29 carries versus Penn State.

2 The Knights boast a talented and experienced receiving corps. Seniors Rannell Hall, Josh Reese, J.J. Worton and Jackie Williams along with junior Breshad Perriman have combined for 505 career receptions for 7,375 yards with 40 touchdowns.

3 Strong safety Clayton Geathers is a tackling machine. He totaled 15 tackles, including two for a loss with a fumble recovery, as the Knights limited Penn State to 57 yards rushing in 28 carries. Of course, Christian Hackenberg did throw for 454 yards.

Key matchup

Central Florida’s offensive line vs. Missouri’s defensive line: Defensive ends Markus Golden and Shane Ray have been quite the wrecking crew with 8 1/2 tackles for a loss and 5 1/2 sacks through two games, but the Tigers would love to see more production from the interior line, especially against a young Knights crew up front.

MISSOURI OFFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

WR

21

Bud Sasser

6-2

220

Sr.

WR

88

Jimmie Hunt

6-0

205

Sr.

LT

65

Mitch Morse

6-6

305

Sr.

LG

70

Anthony Gatti

6-6

305

Sr.

C

77

Evan Boehm

6-3

320

Jr.

RG

73

Mitch L. Hall

6-5

310

Jr.

RT

60

Connor McGovern

6-4

300

Jr.

TE

80

Sean Culkin

6-6

245

So.

WR

8

Darius White

6-3

205

Sr.

QB

7

Maty Mauk

6-0

195

So.

TB

6

Marcus Murphy

5-9

190

Sr.

K

99

Andrew Baggett

6-1

215

Jr.

MISSOURI DEFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

DE

33

Markus Golden

6-3

260

Sr.

DT

89

Matt Hoch

6-5

295

Sr.

NG

96

Lucas Vincent

6-2

300

Sr.

DE

56

Shane Ray

6-3

245

Jr.

LB

10

Kentrell Brothers

6-1

240

Jr.

LB

30

Michael Scherer

6-3

230

So.

LB

40

Clarence Green

6-0

225

Jr.

CB

1

John Gibson

6-0

190

So.

SS

9

Braylon Webb

6-0

200

Sr.

FS

21

Ian Simon

6-0

195

Jr.

CB

11

Aarion Penton

5-10

185

So.

P

92

Christian Brinser

6-2

195

Sr.

CENTRAL FLORIDA OFFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

WR

11

Breshad Perriman

6-3

214

Jr.

WR

6

Rannell Hall

6-1

200

Sr.

LT

72

Torrian Wilson

6-3

305

Sr.

LG

61

Tarik Cook

6-2

291

Jr.

C

55

Joey Grant

6-2

285

So.

RG

76

Colby Watson

6-5

318

So.

RT

74

Michael Campbell

6-6

285

So.

TE

84

Justin Tukes

6-5

250

Sr.

QB

13

Justin Holman

6-4

213

So.

HB

39

Joseph Puopolo

5-10

242

Jr.

RB

28

William Stanback

6-1

225

So.

K

83

Shawn Moffitt

5-11

180

Sr.

CENTRAL FLORIDA DEFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

DE

92

Luke Adams

6-4

260

So.

DT

94

Demetris Anderson

6-2

299

Jr.

DT

99

Jaryl Mamea

6-1

283

Sr.

DE

69

Thomas Niles

6-2

270

Jr.

OLB

57

Tony Gray

6-1

210

Sr.

MLB

41

Terrance Plummer

6-1

236

Sr.

OLB

51

Errol Clarke

6-1

240

Jr.

CB

12

Jacoby Glenn

6-0

186

So.

SS

26

Clayton Geathers

6-2

208

Sr.

FS

37

Brandon Alexander

6-2

195

Sr.

CB

38

Jordan Ozerities

5-10

186

Sr.

P

36

Caleb Houston

6-1

200

So.

Tod Palmer’s pick: Missouri 41-20

Missouri’s offense has shown some firepower on the ground and through the air. Meanwhile, the defense, assuming it’s made strides in maintaining its assignments, could be primed for a big game against a young quarterback and a relatively inexperienced line.

Tod Palmer, tpalmer@kcstar.com

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