Missouri vs. Tennessee fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, November 17
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN
Missouri (6-4) vs. Tennessee (5-5) Game Preview
One Reason Why Missouri Will Win
The Missouri offensive line has been getting the job done for an attack that’s been consistently solid over the run of three wins in the last four games.
The running game has been good enough, but most importantly, the front five is giving Drew Lock time to work.
The defense has quietly been good enough – even with the problems giving up passing yards all year and without enough of a pass rush – but as long as Lock is able to have time to do what he needs to do, all is fine for an O putting up well over 470 yards per game.
Tennessee has started to bump up the offensive production, but its offensive line – despite coming off one of its best games of the season – has been way too porous.
Mizzou should win this in the trenches, and by simply outgunning the SEC’s worst offense. Get up, and the Vols don’t have enough O to keep up.
One Reason Why Tennessee Will Win
Okay, okay, so it took way too much of a fight to get by Charlotte, and there have been way too many power outages, but the Tennessee offensive front came up with a stunner against Kentucky.
Maybe the Wildcats were a wee bit down after the loss to Georgia, but whatever. Tennessee’s front five blasted away for 215 yards in last week’s win, and now it’s 3-0 this season when running for 190 yards or more.
Running on Missouri doesn’t necessarily translate into wins, but Tennessee has to get the ground attack going to have a shot. The Tigers got run over by Vanderbilt last week, and gave up 200 yards to Memphis a few weeks ago.
Get things going on the ground, and – duh – it makes things easier for the passing attack. Jarrett Guarantano might not be amazing this season, but he’s getting the job done, completing 65% of his passes, and he’s not screwing up.
He threw two picks against Florida, and that’s been it. He’s thrown nine touchdown passes and no interceptions over the last six games. He doesn’t have to be perfect for Tennessee to win, but against a Mizzou defense that doesn’t force turnovers, the Vols won’t make a slew of big mistakes.
What’s Going To Happen
Tennessee is finding a way.
It might not always be pretty, and the offense isn’t moving the ball well enough, but it’s a team playing with confidence, it seems to have found a groove with that Kentucky win, and now it’s playing its final home game of the season with bowl eligibility on the line.
It’ll move the ball just enough and be balanced enough to own the time of possession battle, and it’ll get another decent game out of the offensive line to pull out a low-scoring tight battle.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Tennessee 24, Missouri 23
Line: Missouri -6, o/u: 55.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
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