DeMarkus Acy on MU’s win over West Virginia
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Memorial Stadium, Columbia, Missouri
TV: SEC Network alternate
Radio: KMBZ (98.1 FM)
The line: Missouri by 33
Five things to know:
SEMO is coming off a decent season: The Redhawks went 9-4 in 2018 and won a game in the FCS playoffs before getting bounced by No. 2 seed Weber State. The Redhawks are currently ranked No. 12 in the FCS poll. That doesn’t change anything. MU should still win comfortably.
There’s a familiar face on the Redhawks sideline: Former MU punter Corey Fatony is currently a graduate assistant for the Redhawks. Fatony had a few NFL tryouts after finishing his career at MU in 2018, but was unable to catch on.
Barry Odom said after Saturday’s game that Kelly Bryant was fine: Bryant came out when the game was put away. Bryant was overheated and there was speculation that he sustained a concussion. Odom said Bryant was fine. Missouri’s media day is Tuesday and Odom will likely give another update then.
Missouri last played SEMO in 2015: MU won its season opener over the Redhawks 34-3 in a game that became known for starting the buzz around Drew Lock. Lock threw his first career touchdown pass, a 78-yard score to a wide-open Tyler Hunt.
Attendance will be interesting: Missouri drew about 51,000 to its game against West Virginia, which is 7,000 more than the 2018 season opener against Tennessee-Martin. The loss to Wyoming and 11 a.m. kickoff time didn’t help. Odom said on Saturday he wants to see the SEMO game sold out, which will be a tall task. If MU gets between 50,000-55,000 for the Redhawks game, there should be optimism of a near-full stadium when South Carolina visits next week.