The Missouri Tigers have always made trips like these to non Power 5 stadiums. Since joining the SEC the Tigers have made trips to play the UCF Knights, Arkansas State Red Wolves, Toledo Rockets, UConn Huskies and now will go to Laramie to face Craig Bohl and his Wyoming Cowboys. Last season the Cowboys made the trip to Columbia and after a slow start the Tigers were able to pull away with a 40-13 win.
The Cowboys finished last season at 6-6. Sean Chambers took over at quarterback for Wyoming and they won four straight when he took over. The Wyoming offensive line has experience in places but they did lose running back Nico Evans. Wyoming was not a very good passing team last year so this is an opportunity for the Tigers secondary to get some confidence and have a good game.
What will be a thing to watch for from Mizzou is the pass rush from the defensive end spot. If the Tigers are going to have the season some think they could have they need to find a consistent pass rush from the outside. The Wyoming offense is not very explosive so Mizzou fans should worry if the Cowboys start putting up a lot of points.
The Wyoming defense is very good. Last year in Columbia they were able to limit and Drew Lock and company for as long stretches. All eyes will be on Kelly Bryant to see how he does in his first game as a Tiger. Bryant will have no shortage of targets to get the ball too but don’t be too surprised if they struggle at the start of the game.
The Cowboys defense is led by Logan Wilson at linebacker, and they do have experience in the secondary with Tyler Hall and Antonio Hall. It will be interesting to see how Derek Dooley works the offense. Expect a heavy dose of Larry Rountree III and the Tiger run game.
War Memorial Stadium sits 7,215 feet above sea level and that alone should make the environment tough for Mizzou. Add in the fact that I’m sure the Wyoming faithful will get up for the 2nd SEC team to ever visit Laramie. Mizzou will struggle at the beginning of the game with a new QB and what will be a different environment, but expect like last year for them to pull away late and start the 2019 campaign 1-0.