The Missouri Tigers and Indiana Hoosiers are set to continue the SEC versus Big Ten rivalry on Saturday from Bloomington as two prolific spread offenses collide.
The Tigers have a high-flying attack led by quarterback James Franklin, who has already thrown for 530 yards and four touchdowns in just two games. Behind the arm of Franklin, Missouri has averaged 48 points per game in wins over Murray State and Toledo.
Indiana touts an elite offense of its own with quarterback Nate Sudfeld and his ridiculous 917 yards and 10 touchdowns through three contests. The Hoosiers scored 73 points over Indiana State before being upset by Navy.
Expect a fireworks show from Bloomington. Here are the important details.
When: Saturday, September 21 at 8 p.m. ET
Where: Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, IN
Television: Big Ten Network
Live Stream: ESPN3
Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)
- Over/Under: 71 pts
- Spread: Indiana +2.5
Missouri Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Kentrell Brothers||LB||09/16/2013||is probable for Saturday's game against Indiana||Probable||ankle|
|Max Copeland||G||09/16/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Indiana||Questionable||ankle|
|E.J. Gaines||CB||09/16/2013||is probable for Saturday's game against Indiana||Probable||concussion|
|Ernest Payton||CB||09/01/2013||is expected to miss the remainder of the season||Out||knee|
Indiana Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Peyton Eckert||T||08/29/2013||is out indefinitely||Out||back|
|Dan Feeney||G||08/21/2013||will miss the entire season||Out||foot|
|Chase Hoobler||LB||08/17/2013||is expected to miss the entire season||Out||foot|
|Bernard Taylor||G||09/19/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Missouri||Questionable||ankle|
Which Offense Will Prevail?
Both passing offenses are obviously elite, but the rushing attack will come into play as well. Missouri utilizes a committee approach and only averages 265 yards per game.
On the other hand, Indiana has a budding star at running back with Tevin Cole and his 332 yards and five scores while averaging eight yards per carry.
The deal breaker here may be Indiana's run defense, which allowed 444 rushing yards in a home loss to Navy. If Missouri chooses to take a grind-it-out approach following Navy's model, the Tigers can escape with a win.
Both offenses have shown well against lesser competition, but it was Indiana that struggled en route to this matchup. How both teams adapt to the knowledge gleaned from Indiana's loss to Navy will decide the game.
At home Indiana is going to be tough to defeat, and Missouri is not a team like Navy that will run the ball 70 times even with a matchup against a potent offense.
Both teams run a similar style that makes it difficult to forecast, but the play of Sudfeld for Indiana through two games is hard to ignore. At the end of the day, Sudfeld is the star for the Hoosiers who will make all the difference.
Expect a shootout, but score one for the Big Ten here over the SEC as Sudfeld orchestrates an efficient aerial assault.
Hoosiers win 49-42
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