Fanklin out, Berkstresser to start; other keys to the game
The Missouri Tigers take to the field for a game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Faurot Field in Columbia, Missouri on September 8, 2012. This game marks the first for Missouri as a member of the SEC Conference. By Bryce Moore
COLUMBIA (Missouri Football App) -- Head coach Gary Pinkel confirms QB James Fanklin will sit this game out with soreness in his shoulder.
Now, Corbin Berkstresser starting against ASU is not the end of the world. He took first team snaps through most of the spring and also led 7-on-7 drills while Franklin was coming back from surgery on his torn labrum.
With Franklin sitting this one out, it is Arizona State's third game in a row facing a backup quarterback. Talk about a lucky draw to start the season.
What isn't luck is ASU's new blistering offensive pace. The Sun Devels blew right through Illinois on national TV, and Todd Graham's squad is earning the moniker of a poor man's Oregon. They can score fast and they can score frequently, and Mizzou can not afford to let ASU get their foor in the door momentum-wise.
To avoid a home stunner, here's what the Tigers will need:
Establish the ground game.
No matter who is under center, the Tigers need to take the pressure off the QB tonight. Georgia shut the ground game down and Franklin ran for his life most of the night. Can't happen again.
Control the pace.
ASU likes to work quick, but few teams do fast like Missouri. The Tigers need come out and take the air out of Sun Devils with fast, relentless scoring drives.
Don't get cute.
No fakes, no wild blitz packages- just keep in simple. Missouri has better talent and they're playing at home to a packed house. If that isn't enough to win against ASU, we are in for a long season.