Look, I suppose I should start this off by saying that in college athletics, just as is the case in life, anything can happen.
Maybe the Missouri Tigers (3-2) can go to Tuscaloosa and take down an Alabama Crimson Tide (6-0) team that has only trailed for 0.3% of the time its been on the field this season (1:10 of 360:00). Maybe the fact that Alabama has won 22 straight home games and has looked like one of the best college football teams of all-time through the first six games doesn’t matter. Maybe Drew Lock will play the game of his life and Tua Tagovailoa will struggle.
But probably not.
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Odds: Alabama -28
Dixieland Delight is back! In an thinly-veiled effort to get fans to stay at Alabama home games past halftime, Greg Byrne announced that the pre-fourth quarter tradition would be returning. It’s been a long four years without Dixieland Delight, and ideally it will never go away again.
Keys to the Game
Mizzou’s in a weird situation where its basically playing with house money in a game no one is expecting it to win or even be competitive in. Arkansas, a decidedly worse team than the Tigers, put up 35 points on the Crimson Tide last week, so the bar has been set offensively for Lock and Mizzou. Emanuel Hall will miss his second straight week, but unlike the game against South Carolina, this one likely will not be played in a monsoon which should help the offense.
The problem is, Alabama is Alabama. While they’re not invincible, they’ve been pretty dang close to it so far. Mizzou doesn’t have the defensive ability to hang with Bama’s still players, and even if they somehow manage to slow Tagovailoa down, there’s still an elite rushing attack to deal with.
The only key for the Crimson Tide is to just keep doing what they’ve been doing. Don’t change a single thing from the first six games.
Prediction: Alabama 69, Missouri 28