SEC Football Preview: Tennessee at Missouri

Tennessee-Missouri football preview

Tennessee faces Missouri on Saturday in Columbia. 14Powers.com previews this SEC football game and predicts the final score.

Rowan Rehbein, 14Powers.com SEC Football

TEAM SCHEDULES/RESULTS

Tennessee

2-Sep vs. Virginia* W 49 – 13
9-Sep vs. Austin Peay W 30 – 13
16-Sep at Florida L 16 – 29
23-Sep vs. UTSA W 45 – 14
30-Sep vs. South Carolina W 41 – 20
14-Oct vs. Texas A&M W 20 – 13
21-Oct at Alabama L 20 – 34
28-Oct at Kentucky W 33 – 27
4-Nov vs. Connecticut W 59 – 3
11-Nov at Missouri
18-Nov vs. Georgia
25-Nov vs. Vanderbilt

Missouri

31-Aug vs. South Dakota W 35 – 10
9-Sep vs. Middle Tennessee W 23 – 19
16-Sep vs. Kansas State W 30 – 27
23-Sep vs. Memphis* W 34 – 27
30-Sep at Vanderbilt W 38 – 21
7-Oct vs. LSU L 39 – 49
14-Oct at Kentucky W 38 – 21
21-Oct vs. South Carolina W 34 – 12
4-Nov at Georgia
11-Nov vs. Tennessee
18-Nov vs. Florida
24-Nov at Arkansas

COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS

Rating Tennessee Missouri
ESPN FPI 14 24
Sagarin 12 25
Massey Composite 17 19
PiRate Ratings 13 24

KEY STATS

Statistic Team National
Rank
Conference
Rank
Value
3rd Down Conversion Pct Tennessee
Missouri
27
58
4
6
0.452
0.411
3rd Down Conv.
Pct Defense
Tennessee
Missouri
27
64
4
9
0.336
0.381
4th Down Conversion Pct Missouri
Tennessee
61
122
5
13
0.500
0.286
4th Down Conv.
Pct Defense
Tennessee
Missouri
5
102
2
12
0.238
0.600
Blocked Kicks Tennessee
Missouri
4
46
1
9
3
1
Blocked Kicks Allowed Tennessee
Missouri
1
52
1
10
0
1
Blocked Punts Missouri
Tennessee
14
14
2
2
1
1
Blocked Punts Allowed Missouri
Tennessee
1
1
1
1
0
0
Completion Percentage Missouri
Tennessee
16
33
5
8
0.673
0.645
Defensive TDs Tennessee 1 1 4
Fewest Penalties Missouri
Tennessee
113
125
11
14
65
76
Fewest Penalties Per Game Missouri
Tennessee
114
126
11
14
7.22
8.44
Fewest Penalty Yards Missouri
Tennessee
79
120
9
14
494
630
Fewest Penalty
Yards Per Game
Missouri
Tennessee
80
121
9
14
54.89
70.00
First Downs Defense Tennessee
Missouri
30
50
6
9
158
171
First Downs Offense Missouri
Tennessee
38
38
4
4
200
200
Fumbles Lost Missouri
Tennessee
7
39
2
7
2
4
Fumbles Recovered Tennessee
Missouri
73
126
2
13
4
1
Kickoff Return Defense Missouri
Tennessee
76
97
7
11
20.45
21.75
Kickoff Returns Missouri
Tennessee
84
86
11
12
18.78
18.70
Net Punting Tennessee
Missouri
21
62
5
10
41.55
39.17
Passes Had Intercepted Tennessee
Missouri
10
20
2
4
4
5
Passes Intercepted Tennessee
Missouri
34
67
5
11
9
7
Passing Offense Missouri
Tennessee
23
58
5
8
284.9
238.7
Passing Yards Allowed Tennessee
Missouri
53
64
7
9
222.2
229.1
Passing Yards
per Completion
Missouri
Tennessee
23
70
4
10
13.71
11.93
Punt Return Defense Tennessee
Missouri
7
75
2
9
0.25
8.29
Punt Returns Tennessee
Missouri
10
47
1
10
16.92
10.00
Red Zone Defense Tennessee
Missouri
55
73
3
5
0.815
0.844
Red Zone Offense Missouri
Tennessee
1
62
1
9
0.974
0.854
Rushing Defense Tennessee
Missouri
13
24
1
5
97.3
114.3
Rushing Offense Tennessee
Missouri
3
76
1
7
227.8
149.2
Sacks Allowed Tennessee
Missouri
42
47
3
4
1.67
1.78
Scoring Defense Tennessee
Missouri
21
52
3
8
18.4
24.0
Scoring Offense Tennessee
Missouri
22
35
4
5
34.8
32.4
Tackles for Loss Allowed Tennessee
Missouri
19
68
2
6
4.33
5.67
Team Passing Efficiency Missouri
Tennessee
12
43
4
8
162.51
145.24
Team Passing
Efficiency Defense
Tennessee
Missouri
38
78
4
7
123.64
134.87
Team Sacks Tennessee
Missouri
8
15
3
5
3.33
3.00
Team Tackles for Loss Tennessee
Missouri
5
54
2
9
8.2
5.9
Time of Possession Missouri
Tennessee
79
129
7
14
29:17
24:51
Total Defense Tennessee
Missouri
21
41
3
6
319.6
343.4
Total Offense Tennessee
Missouri
13
36
4
5
466.4
434.1
Turnover Margin Tennessee
Missouri
24
55
2
9
0.56
0.11
Turnovers Gained Tennessee
Missouri
52
114
4
12
13
8
Turnovers Lost Missouri
Tennessee
10
14
3
4
7
8
Winning Percentage Missouri
Tennessee
17
17
4
4
0.778
0.778

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Tennessee

QB Joe Milton, RB Jabari Small, WR Bru McCoy, OL Cooper Mays, DT Omari Thomas, LB Aaron Beasley, CB Doneiko Slaughter, K Charles Campbell, P Jackson Ross.

Missouri

QB Brady Cook, RB Cody Schrader, WR Luther Burden, OL Javon Foster, DE Darius Robinson, LB Ty’Ron Hopper, CB Ennis Rakestraw, CB Kris Abrams-Draine, S Jaylon Carlies, K Harrison Mevis.

INJURIES

Tennessee


Player POS Status
J. Small RB Ques Sat – Undisclosed
D. Bishop RB Mid Nov – Ankle
K. Hadden DB out for season – Shoulder
C. Charles DB Out indefinitely – Ankle
B. McCoy WR out for season – Ankle
K. Garland LB out for season – Undisclosed
K. Pili LB Out indefinitely – Upper Body

Missouri


Player POS Status
L. Burden III WR Ques Sat – Undisclosed
C. Bailey LB Ques Sat – Undisclosed
D. Houston WR Ques Sat – Undisclosed
S. McNeil DB Out indefinitely – Undisclosed
M. Cox RB Out indefinitely – Undisclosed
I. Thompson DB out for season – Lower Body

Source: Covers.com

Tennessee vs. Missouri Football Series History

Tennessee leads 6-5

COMMENTS

There were some shady calls by the officiating crew last weekend in Athens. Here, again, we see evidence of a conference protecting the team believed to have the best chance to win the conference. It’s mostly about money. If your team gets to the playoff that means tens of millions of dollars go to the winner and the winning conference. It’s not fair to the teams that work very hard to improve and compete that they are blocked from winning ball games by questionable officiating. In my opinion we do away with the gigantic purses. The big schools can still make more money from attendance and gear sells to their giant fan bases but money should not control who gets to the playoff. Do away with the big purses. Spread the playoff money equally across the FBS and stop this unfair madness. When you win a freaking championship your team gets a trophy and same money as every other FBS team. As for this game, I think the Missouri team is distraught over the events during last week’s game. They will likely lose to Tennessee.

PREDICTIONS

14Powers Preseason Prediction

Tennessee 35, Missouri 31

14Powers.com Gameweek Prediction

Tennessee 34, Missouri 21

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 7:30 PM ET. Watch this SEC football game on the CBS Network.

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