The Missouri Tigers (3-3) welcome the No. 21 Texas A&M Aggies (4-2) in an old Big XII battle. Here are the three keys to a Mizzou win.
By Steve Wright
1 – Extend the hangover
Texas A&M just shocked the college football world by knocking off the mighty Alabama Crimson Tide as an unranked team. It was an upset no one saw coming, mainly because the Aggies were playing with the same offensive pieces that did nothing at all in games against Mississippi State and Arkansas. If the Aggies have flipped the switch offensively then the Tigers better watch out, but the comedown from a win of that magnitude is real. The Aggies will be slow to start and Mizzou – at home – need to get some points on the board early and ride it out.
2 – Tyler Badie is back
We were looking from running back Tyler Badie after his star had seemingly waned after back-to-back Mizzou defeats at the hands of Boston College and Tennessee. The game against the Vols was especially concerning as Badie had the workload at 21 carries but only managed to pick up 41 yards. He was a beast, however, against North Texas as he went for 209 yards and two touchdowns at 12.3 yards per carry. He looked fresher and healthier than he had all season and the Tigers need to ride him here.
3 – No explosive plays
The Aggies offense has had its issues this season in large part because it just isn’t explosive. Texas A&M can grind away with drives, but if the Tigers’ defense can force field goals instead of touchdowns in the red zone then an offense that has scored at least 24 points in every game this year is talented enough to pull off an upset. The Aggies average 376.8 yards per game on offense – 83rd in the country – and they get bogged down around midfield enough that Mizzou will fancy their chances.