Week nine was not friendly to the Missouri Tigers as they dropped a heartbreaker at home to the South Carolina Gamecocks in an overtime bout. The lead was lost late in the game by the Tigers and they proceeded to miss a field goal in overtime to lose the game. Good thing that was just loss No. 1 for this team.
On the other side of the field, the Tennessee Volunteers are looking to reach a bowl during an up-and-down season. The Volunteers haven’t been a contender in the SEC for years and 2013 is no different, but they are no longer an easy win. Watch out for an upset in this one for Butch Jones’ team.
Missouri has been improving seemingly every week since the beginning of the season and although James Franklin is out for the foreseeable future at quarterback, freshman Maty Mauk has been doing his best to ensure this team doesn’t get off track. Mauk has passed for 585 yards and just two touchdowns, but his mediocre sub-50 percent completion rate has been the real problem. L’Damian Washington has been solid at wide out and will help the young quarterback with his talent in the pass game. Washington has 635 yards and eight touchdowns on the season while Dorial Green-Beckham has 457 yards and four scores.
Tennessee has relied on Justin Worley at quarterback this season and he has been no Tyler Bray. Worley has struggled in the pass game, throwing 12 touchdown passes and racking up 1,239 passing yards for the 110th-ranked passing attack in the nation. Although the Volunteers have struggled in the pass game and getting the ball into the endzone, the run game ranks 41st in the country with 192.4 yards per game. Rajion Neal is a big reason for that success, rushing for 763 yards and nine touchdowns on a 5.3 yards per carry average.
Defensively, the Volunteers rank 78th in the country in points allowed per game while also ranking 92nd in yards allowed per contest with over 450. Missouri ranks 36th in points allowed per game as well as 65th in the nation with just over 400 yards allowed per game.
Tennessee will travel to Missouri to take on the Tigers at 7 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 2. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN.
PREDICTION: Tennessee 28, Missouri 34