9/8/2007 6:00:00 PM
Both teams are coming off close wins in Week 1, but only one squad will move to 2-0 after this one. Make your play on the Missouri Tigers at the Ole Miss Rebels this Saturday.
An intersectional battle takes place this Saturday when Big 12 entity Missouri (1-0) faces off against SEC combatant Mississippi (1-0) in Oxford, Mississippi.
Missouri opened their campaign with a 40-34 win over Illinois in St. Louis. It was a classic shootout of high scoring clubs. The Tigers benefited greatly via a 100-yard fumble return for a TD and a 66-yard punt return for a score. QB Chase Daniel through for 359 yards on 37 completions in 54 attempts. The one deficit in the stat sheet illustrated a lackluster running game that accrued only 70 yards on 33 carries, just slightly over 2 yards per carry.
Mississippi took down hated opponent Memphis with some key breaks, including a recovered blocked punt in the end zone for a momentum changing touchdown. That score was followed by a 99-yard interception for a score. Both touchdowns came in the second quarter. However, Ole Miss needed to stop a two-point conversion with time running out to preserve the victory. Although the Rebs have the much publicized BenJarvus Green-Ellis, the running attack output was less than spectacular with 79 yards on the day.
Least season, Missouri (14 starters, 9 offense) defeated Mississippi 34-7 with 471 total yards of offense. The Tigers' defense kept the Rebels attack under 175 yards. Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel (111-72-3) has already commented on the lack of quality experience on the defensive side of the ball. That deficit should be made up with an offense that averaged 30 points per game in both 2005 and 2006. The skilled positions along with QB Daniel are quicker and deeper than last season. Missouri is 4-1 SU in the series.
Free Pick: Missouri -6