Preview: Mizzou Vs. Vanderbilt

Ben Clanin, 23 Sports

After struggling in the beginning of the year, and getting off to a 1-5 start, the Missouri Tigers football team is now just one win away from becoming bowl eligible for the first time since 2014. The Tigers look to get that win on the road, against the Vanderbilt Commodores, who have yet to win a conference game and are 4-5 on the year. Mizzou needs to overcome their road struggles that they have had in the last two years under Barry Odom if they want to be able to go bowling this winter. Mizzou is 1-7 in road games in the last two years, with their only win coming against a non-conference opponent in UCONN.

In order to keep their four-game win streak alive the Tigers need to keep using the aggressive run game, spearheaded by Larry Rountree and Ish Witter, who filled in after Damarea Crockett went down early in the season. Quarterback Drew Lock is also playing some of the best football he has ever played in the black and gold, during this four-game win streak Lock is 82-118, with a 69.4% pass completion, scoring 18 touchdowns while only throwing three interceptions.

On the other side of the ball the Mizzou defense must also be able to keep up the current trend they are on, only allowing 16.5 points per game during the four-game win streak. And that is a vast improvement over the same defense that gave up 43 points to Missouri State in the beginning of the year.

Kickoff from Vanderbilt Stadium is at 6:30.