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Posted on November 2, 2013 at 4:00 AM

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — No. 10 Missouri knows how it feels to lose a veteran quarterback to injury. Tennessee now knows, too. Freshman Josh Dobbs will make his first career start this week for the Volunteers (4-4, 1-3 Southeastern Conference) at Missouri today. The Tigers (7-1, 3-1) are coming off a tough overtime loss to South Carolina. They will again have redshirt freshman Maty Mauk at quarterback while James Franklin recovers from a shoulder injury.

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Paul Rhoads is painfully aware that he hasn't knocked off Kansas State since becoming coach at Iowa State five years ago. The Cyclones (1-6, 0-4 Big 12) hope to finally turn around their fortunes when they head to Manhattan, Kan., today to face the Wildcats (3-4, 1-3). Both teams view the game as a must-win for bowl eligibility.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Frank Haith saw too many off-target free throws, blown layups and turnovers in Missouri's opening exhibition. In the early going of his third season, a team that has four new starters will have to get better without their head coach. Haith was suspended for the first five games after the NCAA found he inadequately monitored his former assistants' interactions with a disgraced Miami booster when Haith was a coach with the Hurricanes. The opener is Nov. 8 at home against Southeastern Louisiana.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rams tight end Lance Kendricks has developed into more than just a red zone threat. He has at least two catches or a touchdown in each of his last five games. The 6-foot-3, 250 pound Kendricks also is a solid blocker and has helped improve the Rams' running game in the past three weeks. This season, Kendricks has 20 catches for 159 yards and three touchdowns. Eleven of his receptions have been for first downs.

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