It’s a battle of SEC East Division teams in the Volunteer State. The #22 Missouri Tigers are on the road as they make the trip to face the Vanderbilt Commodores Saturday afternoon. Missouri comes in off a 38-27 home win over Ole Miss in their previous contest last Saturday. Vanderbilt was drubbed 34-10 at home by UNLV in their previous contest at home last Saturday. The Tigers lead the all-time series 5-3-1 and have taken the last three matchups: that includes a 33-28 home win in the most recent meeting on November 10, 2018.
Missouri Tigers Look to Remain Unbeaten in SEC PlayMissouri won their fifth straight since a season-opening defeat at Wyoming as they rolled past Ole Miss at home in their last contest. The Tigers, more importantly, are 2-0 in the SEC East and are the lone team with an unblemished conference mark in the division. Missouri broke open a 12-7 game at the half by outscoring the Rebels 23-7 in the third quarter and coasted from there. The Tigers outgained the Rebels 562-440, picked up 30 first downs while allowing 25 and controlled the clock by a 33:31 to 26:29 margin. Missouri did turn the ball over twice while forcing only one takeaway but still picked up the victory.
The Tigers are 35th in the nation in passing offense with 274.8 yards per game on the year while they are 38th in rushing offense with 199.5 yards per contest. Missouri is 17th in the FBS in scoring offense as they put up 38.8 points per game and the team stands 11th in scoring defense by limiting opposing teams to 15.8 points per contest. Kelly Bryant has completed 117 of 180 passes for 1,575 yards with 12 touchdowns and four interceptions while adding 137 yards and a score on the ground. Taylor Powell is seven of 16 for 74 yards this season. Larry Rountree III leads the Tigers on the ground with 103 carries for 557 yards and seven scores while Tyler Badie contributes 59 carries for 264 yards plus two touchdowns as the second back in the system. Johnathon Johnson leads the Tigers with 25 receptions for 275 yards this season. Albert Okwuegbunam (16 receptions, 240 yards, five TD), Badie (19 grabs, 210 yards, two TD) and Jonathan Nance (13 catches, 250 yards, three TD) are good targets as well. Tucker McCann is 26 of 29 on extra point attempts and 11 of 14 on field goal tries this season with a long of 52.
Vanderbilt Commodores Seek to Pull Upset at HomeVanderbilt suffered their second straight loss as they were drubbed convincingly at home by UNLV in non-conference action. The Commodores are 1-5 overall, having given up at least 30 points in each of their defeats this season. Vanderbilt led 7-0 after marching the length of the field in 2:50 on their opening drive but was outscored 34-3 the rest of the way by UNLV. The Commodores were outgained 378-306, lost the first down battle 21-12 and were dominated in time of possession by a 37:27 to 22:33 margin in the contest. Vanderbilt turned the ball over twice while forcing only one turnover.
Ke'Shawn Vaughn has three 100-yard rushing games this season and eight in his Commodore career. 💥— Vanderbilt Football (@VandyFootball) October 13, 2019
Vaughn is tied with Frank Mordica for the most career 100-yard rushing games at Vandy.#RTI | #AnchorDown pic.twitter.com/genszMqRaB
The Commodores are 86th in the nation in passing offense with 214.8 yards per contest and the team is 105th in rushing offense with just 124 yards per game. Vanderbilt is a dismal 119th in scoring offense with 18 points per game and stands 120th in the FBS in scoring defense as they allow 36.8 points per contest. Riley Neal has completed 103 of 174 passes for 1,102 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions this season. Deuce Wallace is 25 of 59 for 187 yards with no touchdowns and one interception while Cam Johnson misfired on his lone pass attempt. Ke’Shawn Vaughn leads the team with 102 carries for 607 yards and five scores on the ground: no other player has more than 85 yards. Kalija Lipscomb leads the team with 31 catches for 343 yards plus two touchdowns on the season. Vaughn has 17 catches for 143 yards while Jared Pinkney (13 grabs, 143 yards), Cam Johnson (18 receptions, 184 yards, TD) and Justice Shelton-Mosley (10 catches, 67 yards) are other options. Ryley Guay has hit six of six extra points and seven of his eight field goal tries with a long of 48 this season. Javan Rice is four of four on extra points and hit his lone field goal try from 28 yards.
- Tigers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS loss
- Tigers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game
- Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game
- Commodores are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss of more than 20 points
- Commodores are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games overall
- Commodores are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf