The Missouri Tigers (3-2) host Vanderbilt (1-3) this Saturday night with the Tigers installed as (6.5) favorites. The Tigers won on the road at Central Florida last week 21-16 overcoming a half time deficit. The Commodores got rocked 48-3 by Georgia and continue to struggle to score points. Missouri is learning quickly how ultra competitive the SEC conference is and the bottom line is you have to win at home when you are expected too. Missouri could very well consider this a must win with powerhouse Alabama coming to town next week. Coach Gary Pinkel has been a pretty safe play at home going (51-19) straight up since 2001. Coach Franklin for Vanderbilt led his team to a rare bowl game and they are trying to go to two straight bowl games for the first time in school history.
Vanderbilt RB Zac Stacy who has averaged (5.6) yards per rush over his career leads the Commodore offensive attack. The offense has come up short recently ranking #102 in the country in the red-zone converting only (4) touchdowns in fifteen trips inside the twenty. Missouri QB James Franklin is starting to get settled after battling injury early on this season and passed for (257) yards on the road last week. The Tigers will also benefit from the return of offensive left tackle Elvis Fisher who has started (42) games in his career. The Tigers are now at home for three straight contests that will hinge on being bowl eligible come November.
Vanderbilt @ Missouri (-6.5) Betting Prediction
The Commodores are catching the Tigers at the wrong time here. Tiger QB Franklin who is becoming more healthy will give the visitors fits all day with his run/pass threat. The Tiger offense is averaging (211) yards through the air and (137) on the ground. The Commodores aside from a (59-0) thumping of Presbyterian have scored a total of (29) points. The Tigers have also pounced on opponents to the tune of 38-3 in the first quarter. Last week in Athens Georgia jumped out 27-0 before the Commodores split the uprights with a field goal. Georgia rushed for (302) yards last week and Missouri should be able to approach (200) on the ground at home. Jordan Rodgers has been inconsistent at QB for the Commodores and they will enter Columbia and Faurot field with a shaky unproven offense and leave with a loss. Prediction: Tigers 27 Commodores 13
Play: Missouri Tigers -6.5