The Missouri Tigers and Vanderbilt Commodores are set to meet on Saturday morning in Columbia. The Tigers and Commodores weren’t scheduled to face off this week, but Vandy’s scheduled matchup with the Tennessee Volunteers was wiped off the board. Thus, this matchup, which was postponed earlier this season, is now taking place this weekend. 2020 has lots of twists and turns and turbulence, and this is just another case of that.
Mizzou has played just once in the month of November, having earned a 17-10 win over the South Carolina Gamecocks last week. That win propped them up to 3-3 on the year as they go into this matchup against Vandy. They’ve won three of their last four games played dating back to October 10, their lone loss coming to the potent Florida Gators.
Vanderbilt, meanwhile, is still searching for that first win. They were roughed up by Florida a week ago, although by not as much as some expected them to. The offense has been almost as sluggish as the defense, as both rank in the lower percentiles in both points per game and points per game allowed. It’s been a tough season for them, and it most likely doesn’t figure to get any better this weekend against Mizzou, either.
Mizzou’s ground game hasn’t fared too well this year, but they have a chance to get right this weekend. Vanderbilt’s run defense has been putrid, having given up over 160 yards in six of their seven games played this season. They’ve allowed, on average, 5.7 yards per carry and have given up 14 rushing touchdowns. That’s good news for a Mizzou rushing attack that has only eight rushing scores on the year and a 3.3 yards per carry clip.
Mizzou’s defense has been pretty hit or miss, though. Vanderbilt may be able to get something going depending on which defense shows up. Over the last three games, Mizzou’s given up 4.1, 7.2 and 4.1 yards per play. If the defense that showed up against Florida appears, then the Commodores may be able to hang with the Tigers. But if the defense that played up to par against Kentucky and South Carolina surfaces, then Vandy may be in for yet another long afternoon.
How to Watch
Time: Noon ET/11 a.m. CT
TV: SEC Network
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Spread: Mizzou -14.5
Moneyline: Mizzou -750 | Vanderbilt +490