COLUMBIA, Mo. (Missouri Football App) -- The 3-2 Missouri Tigers look to get their first ever victory as a member of the Southeastern Conference on Saturday against Vanderbilt. The Commodores enter Columbia, Missouri with a 1-3 record and are well rested after a bye week.
By the numbers, Mizzou and Vanderbilt are similar in many different categories, and the sad part is that many are not labeled as “good” categories.
Mizzou is ranked 98th in total offense compared to 82nd for Vanderbilt. Neither team has had much success passing the ball this year with a combined 9 passing touchdowns between the two teams. For those keeping track, West Virginia starting quarterback Geno Smith had 8 passing touchdowns in just one game on Saturday.
Although Smith had one of the best football games in college history on Saturday, it puts Vanderbilt’s and Mizzou’s passing struggles into perspective. Mizzou fans are expecting more from junior quarterback James Franklin who is reportedly “fully healthy” entering Saturday’s game. Vanderbilt senior starting quarterback Jordan Rodgers, happens to be the younger brother of NFL star quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Despite having a Super Bowl winning brother, Jordan Rodgers has struggled to run the Vanderbilt offense. At times, fans have asked head coach James Franklin to bench the senior Rodgers.
Players to watch-
-Zac Stacy, running back, #2: broke Vanderbilt season single rushing record in 2011 with 1,193 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns
-Jordan Matthews, wide receiver, #87: in 2012, has 26 catches, 395 yards, 2 touchdowns
Prediction: I think big Sheldon Richardson will have another huge game keeping Zac Stacy at bay and the rest of the Mizzou defense neutralizing the already poor Vanderbilt offense. Ironically, Mizzou’s offense has been lackluster as well but I think with Franklin being healthy and being at home, Mizzou should win with a final score of 31-24.