In a matchup of Tigers, Mizzou will head to LSU and try to upset a traditionally formidable foe.
A trendy upset pick this week, the Missouri Tigers will travel to Death Valley and take on the LSU Tigers. As LSU looks to rebound from what has been a hectic week within the program, emotions will be running high throughout this one.
Look for the Bayou Bengals to run with Leonard Fournette frequently in an attempt to control the pace of the game. Additionally, they will strive to play keep away from Drew Lock and the up-tempo offense on the other sideline.
Matchup to Watch:
I am most looking forward to seeing the electric wide receivers of Missouri go up against the athletic secondary of LSU. Both positional units are strengths on their side of the ball and are playing great going into Saturday’s matchup. Very rarely are exciting match-ups the caliber of J’Mon Moore and Emanuel Hall against the likes of Tre’Davious White and Jamal Adams, among others, on display.
While the Missouri offense has yet to see a unit like they will in Baton Rouge, they will be prepared. Coach Odom has his team playing with phenomenal energy right now, and the offense is coming off a record-setting performance. Look for Drew Lock and the nation’s second-best passing attack to continually challenge the defense and take plenty of shots downfield.
Until the LSU offense can improve and sustain longer drives, their defensive play will inevitably worsen throughout each game. Furthermore, that much reliance on one side of the ball spells eventual doom. While the home-field advantage will be prevalent, the crowd noise and emotional high provided can only do so much.
As a result, I expect this to be close throughout, with Missouri being able to secure a victory late. A win in that environment will serve as a confidence boost and launch their run through SEC play.