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October 5, 2013

Tiger Gameday Central


  • DON'T LET MATTHEWS BEAT YOU: Vandy's Jordan Matthews leads the SEC in receptions per game with eight and is second in yardage with 117.2 per week. No other receiver has half as many catches as Matthews or has more than one touchdown. The Dores don't have a running back averaging more than 57.2 yards per game. In other words, for Vandy to win, Matthews has to be big. He's going to make some catches and get some yards. But if Missouri lets Matthews be the reason it loses, that's the equivalent of letting Miguel Cabrera hit a walk-off home run with first base open. If the supporting cast beats you, tip your cap and move on. If Matthews does it, you should have done something differently. I'm not saying Mizzou can shut him down, but it has to hope to somewhat contain him.
  • EXPLOIT THE ZONE READ: In the words of our Vandy insider, Chris Lee, that's a play that "has given Vanderbilt problems for years." Bo Wallace ran for 48 yards and two touchdowns against Vandy. Connor Shaw had 84 yards on the ground. Missouri leads the SEC in rushing and a big part of that is James Franklin becoming a threat on the ground again. He doesn't have to put up huge rushing numbers...but he has to be a threat. The zone read and the option are plays we should see a lot of on Saturday night.
  • NO OFFENSIVE LULLS: In 2011, Missouri would start fast and finish fast, but struggle in the middle of the game on offense. Last season, they just struggled virtually all the time. This season, Missouri has scored in every single quarter it has played. That's right. The Tigers have put at least three points on the board in all 16 quarters. They've scored between 44 and 49 points per quarter. Be consistent. Don't get beat 14-0 in any quarter and you're in every single game.
  • PREDICTION TIME: Truly, I can see this game going either way. It is the game of the season for both teams. Neither Vandy nor Mizzou can achieve what it wants to achieve this season if it loses this game. Vanderbilt has the best individual player, but the Tigers are a more complete team in my opinion. This is where we learn a lot about the Tigers. Can they scratch out a hard-fought win in a close road game? For now, I'm saying yes. Missouri 35, Vanderbilt 31



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