Cameron Connor, 23 Sports

Last year a favored Mizzou suffered a shocking loss at home to Purdue, who exposed their defense often and early. This Saturday the two teams will face off again, this time in Indiana. The Boilermakers’ will hope to showcase true freshmen receiver, Rondale Moore, who two games prior broke Purdue’s all-purpose yards record with 313. However, who will be starting at quarterback for the team remains uncertain as junior Elijah Sindelar and senior David Blough continue to battle for the job. After losing to Eastern Michigan 20-19 the week before, Purdue will try to avoid falling to an 0-3 start. The Boilermakers haven’t started a season with three straight losses since 1982.

The Drew Lock led Tigers will approach this game with no underestimations as they hope to continue their encouraging start to the season. A win for this Mizzou team would gain the momentum needed to prepare for an intense three game stretch against SEC competitors No.3 Georgia, South Carolina, and No. 1 Alabama. Mizzou’s defense has thus far delivered this season and plans to continue to do so. Ryan Walters will have to prepare the Tiger’s defense for two quarterbacking styles, but this should not be an overwhelming matter. The offense looks to remain on their high horse. Hot-hand Drew Lock heads into this match-up with a fortifying completion percentage of 74.3. Lock will most likely attempt to maintain his connection with receiver Emanuel Hall who leads the offense with 342 yards, an average of 171 per game. At the same time, Mizzou will also look to establish a more reliable ground game. As Saturday’s game approaches, both teams will have something to prove.