The Missouri Tigers are 2-0 despite hiring an offensive coordinator who failed miserably at Tennessee and had no prior offensive coordinator experience. Thanks, Drew Lock! Thanks, UT-Martin and Wyoming!
On a serious note, Lock and the Mizzou offense have been a joy to watch so far this season. The defense has held their own, as well.
Purdue, on the other hand, has not held its own. After dropping their season opener to Northwestern, 31-27, the Boilermakers inexplicably fell to Eastern Michigan at home last weekend, 20-19.
HOW TO WATCH
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV: Big Ten Network
Commentators: Brandon Gaudin, Glen Mason, Elise Menaker
Purdue holds a 7-2 all-time series lead over Mizzou, with the most recent win coming last season.
As stated above, this really isn’t a game that Mizzou can lose if they want people to take them seriously this season especially with Georgia lurking next week. Lock and the Tigers undoubtedly remember the drubbing the Boilermakers gave them last year at Faurot Field, and revenge will be on their mind.
Purdue had two 100-yard rushers last week in D.J. Knox (152) and Markell Jones (109), while Missouri has had a stingy rush defense the first two games. Could that battle be the ultimate difference maker? The Tigers also need to keep an eye on Rondale Moore, who you may remember from his 313 all-purpose yards against Northwestern to open the season.
This is a game Missouri should be able to win, but going on the road against a power five team is never fun, regardless of how they started the year. Despite this, Lock and Mizzou should get the job done.
Prediction: Missouri 28, Purdue 21