Drew Lock and the Missouri Tigers are set to open the 2018 college football season. After a prodigious year on offense, Lock is looking to see how he can top his 40+ touchdown season in 2017. He’ll have an earnest opportunity to get off on the right foot as the Tigers will welcome the UT Martin Skyhawks to Columbia on Saturday afternoon.
The Skyhawks, of course, play in the Ohio Valley Conference down in the FCS. UT Martin was tabbed to finish 3rd in the preseason poll in the offseason and had a few players named to the Preseason All-OVC team. Those players were LaDarius Galloway, James Gilleylen and Peyton Logan.
Logan and Galloway comprise the Skyhawks’ backfield, and the two of them were dynamic last season. Galloway ran for 859 yards and also piled up 307 receiving yards. Meanwhile, Logan was more so a threat on special teams as he amassed nearly 600 yards on kickoff returns, with one return TD coming against Eastern Kentucky.
Gilleylen meanwhile is a linebacker who had 88 tackles, a team-high mark.He also had 9 TFL and two sacks, along with three forced fumbles, three PBU, one INT and two fumble recoveries. So, it’s fair to say that he did a little bit of everything a season ago and may be poised to do the same again in 2018.
Nevertheless, the disparity in competition likely looms large here. Saturday should be a day of prosperity for Mizzou. Expect to see a lot of Albert Okwuegbunam and Emanuel Hall as they look to continue their chemistry with the Mizzou signal caller. With a matchup against the Wyoming Cowboys looming, the Tigers will still have a bit of a grace period before heading up to West Lafayette to face the Purdue Boilermakers in two weeks. So, the goals should be to just get out of this matchup with everyone intact.
HOW TO WATCH MIZZOU VS. UT MARTIN
Time: 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT
TV: SEC Network+
Commentators: Mark Neely, Barrett Jones
Radio: KTGR 1580 AM, 100.5 FM
Streaming: You can find this game on WatchESPN.