Preview: Mizzou vs. Idaho

Ben Clanin, 23 Sports

The Idaho Vandals will be making their way to Columbia on Saturday to take on the Missouri Tigers. It will be a packed house at Farout, as Mizzou is set to celebrate their 106th homecoming. The Tigers look to snap a five-game losing streak, coming off a loss last week at the hands of the N0. 3 Georgia Bulldogs. Mizzou’s offense has improved greatly from the first three weeks of the season, they scored 28 points against the Bulldogs, which is the most points Georgia has given up this year to any opponent. The recent resurgence in the offense has come thanks to the long ball. Against Georgia, quarterback Drew Lock threw two 63-yard touchdown passes to wide receiver Emanuel Hall. Hall has also been a bright spot lately for Missouri, racking up 141 receiving yards against the Bulldogs with two touchdowns. He also shined against Kentucky, posting 129 yards and adding a touchdown. On the other side of the ball, however, Missouri has been abysmal all season long. The defense is ranked 124th in the nation, allowing over 495 yards per game, and they gave up almost 700 total yards to Georgia.  

To be successful against the Vandals, Mizzou must keep up the offensive production they have been seeing in the past couple of weeks. The defense will have to clean itself up, and not miss easy tackles like they have been doing all year long. Idaho is looking to make bowl games in consecutive years for the first time in program history. The Vandals have averaged 409 yards per away game this year, so the key lies in the ability of Mizzou’s defense to stop the Idaho offense. Mizzou will have the home field advantage going into this game, returning to Columbia after playing their past two games away from home.