‘23 Recruiting Forum: Official Missouri Pregame/Game Thread

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Missouri features a much improved team this season but lacks any real quality wins. Basically, they are Kentucky over the past decade. Their best win is over a 6-3 Kansas State team which isn't bad, but they are not beating anyone with a pulse either. Sure, they played LSU and Georgia tough, but ultimately fell two scores short in both games, so wake me up when you are ready to impress me. Dooley had a ton of close games too.

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The trouble is, this game comes down to match-ups and Missouri has the tools to carve up a suspect Vol defense. Brady Cook is very good at QB and Luther Burden, the consensus 5* WR from two years ago is all that he was billed to be. Although he is a little banged up from the game against Georgia, he will likely not be limited at all.

On the defensive side of the ball, Missouri is solid in run defense, but that has not meant much for Texas A&M or Kentucky when facing the Vols. I look for Tennessee to continue to do what they want. They are somewhat less effective against the pass and Missouri defensive backs play very physical so officiating will play a very large part in this game. If it's a fairly called game, there should be an over/under of 2.5 PI calls against Missouri, but we've seen how this goes.

Prediction: The past three weeks have me feeling like the Tennessee offense has hit it's stride. Regardless, I have nightmares of bad quarterbacks lighting up this defense, and Brady Cook is the best the Vols have seen yet. The DL will need to keep constant pressure on Cook to keep him from picking them apart. This has the potential to be a low punting, high scoring game where the last team with the ball gets the win. I think I'm going with that.

TN 41
Mizzou 37
 
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Missouri features a much improved team this season but lacks any real quality wins. Basically, they are Kentucky over the past decade. Their best win is over a 6-3 Kansas State team which isn't bad, but they are not beating anyone with a pulse either. Sure, they played LSU and Georgia tough, but ultimately fell two scores short in both games, so wake me up when you are ready to impress me. Dooley had a ton of close games too.

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The trouble is, this game comes down to match-ups and Missouri has the tools to carve up a suspect Vol defense. Brady Cook is very good at QB and Luther Burden, the consensus 5* WR from two years ago is all that he was billed to be. Although he is a little banged up from the game against Georgia, he will likely not be limited at all.

On the defensive side of the ball, Missouri is solid in run defense, but that has not meant much for Texas A&M or Kentucky when facing the Vols. I look for Tennessee to continue to do what they want. They are somewhat less effective against the pass and Missouri defensive backs play very physical so officiating will play a very large part in this game. If it's a fairly called game, there should be an over/under of 2.5 PI calls against Missouri, but we've seen how this goes.

Prediction: The past three weeks have me feeling like the Tennessee offense has hit it's stride. Regardless, I have nightmares of bad quarterbacks lighting up this defense, and Brady Cook is the best the Vols have seen yet. The DL will need to keep constant pressure on Cook to keep him from picking them apart. This has the potential to be a low punting, high scoring game where the last team with the ball gets the win. I think I'm going with that.

TN 41
Mizzou 37
Wow! That was insanely quick!

Vols 45
Mizzou 31
 
#9
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Atta boy, @nicksjuzunk!!! I knew you would get it done early for the important games. Great assessment. I look for us to continuing to run the ball and get Milton involved early and often. I think we see Dee some this week on offense. Joe rushes for 75 and throws for 260. The 3 headed RB monster rush for 160. Defense comes out and proves a point with aggressive man to man defense most of the game. Statement game for the Vols…

37-20
 
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Missouri features a much improved team this season but lacks any real quality wins. Basically, they are Kentucky over the past decade. Their best win is over a 6-3 Kansas State team which isn't bad, but they are not beating anyone with a pulse either. Sure, they played LSU and Georgia tough, but ultimately fell two scores short in both games, so wake me up when you are ready to impress me. Dooley had a ton of close games too.

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The trouble is, this game comes down to match-ups and Missouri has the tools to carve up a suspect Vol defense. Brady Cook is very good at QB and Luther Burden, the consensus 5* WR from two years ago is all that he was billed to be. Although he is a little banged up from the game against Georgia, he will likely not be limited at all.

On the defensive side of the ball, Missouri is solid in run defense, but that has not meant much for Texas A&M or Kentucky when facing the Vols. I look for Tennessee to continue to do what they want. They are somewhat less effective against the pass and Missouri defensive backs play very physical so officiating will play a very large part in this game. If it's a fairly called game, there should be an over/under of 2.5 PI calls against Missouri, but we've seen how this goes.

Prediction: The past three weeks have me feeling like the Tennessee offense has hit it's stride. Regardless, I have nightmares of bad quarterbacks lighting up this defense, and Brady Cook is the best the Vols have seen yet. The DL will need to keep constant pressure on Cook to keep him from picking them apart. This has the potential to be a low punting, high scoring game where the last team with the ball gets the win. I think I'm going with that.

TN 41
Mizzou 37
Vols by 17

Vols 38
Misswho 21
 
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I'm having a difficult time understanding "vols suspect defense".

#22 in ppg allowed
#14 in rpg allowed
#45 in passing ypg allowed
#30 sack % rate

Yeah I know we can go third and banks and not look aggressive at times, but to call this defense suspect is difficult to understand. Especially with how the statistics have improved yearly. Our offense has the ball a fourth of the time in most games lol.

Sorry for my rant, but I'm just very happy with how the defense has played this season. Cook may light us up, but our defense has been pretty solid for us. Other than Leary, we shut down big time passing receivers like leggett and smith (a&m). Hopefully we can do the same to Misery receivers and get the W.

Vols 38
Missouri 27
 
#21
#21
The OP made a comment that concerns me. I’m afraid Mizz will be able to make contact with our WRs and grab jerseys beyond five yards. All I ask is for the refs to be consistent.

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