Get to know your opponent: Missouri Tigers

KNOXVILLE - The Tennessee Volunteers look to keep their hopes of appearing in an SEC championship game alive during Saturday’s home game against Missouri.

Tennessee needs to win its final two games against Missouri and Vanderbilt, and Florida has to lose to LSU on Saturday for the Vols to reach the SEC title game in Atlanta. UT hasn’t played in the SEC championship game since 2007.

Saturday’s contest at Neyland Stadium concludes a three-game homestand for Tennessee.

The game marks Tennessee’s Senior Day, which will be the last game at Neyland Stadium for seniors Joshua Dobbs, Cameron Sutton, Dylan Wiesman and Corey Vereen among others.

Here’s what Tennessee fans need to know about Missouri ahead of Saturday’s game:

Overview: Missouri snapped its five-game losing streak in a 26-17 win against Vanderbilt on Saturday.

The game marked Missouri coach Barry Odom’s first Southeastern Conference win. Odom, who played linebacker for Missouri from 1996-1999, is in his first year as the Tigers’ head coach after taking over for Gary Pinkel.

Saturday’s win also marked Missouri’s first SEC victory since quarterback Drew Lock’s starting debut against South Carolina on Oct. 3, 2015. The Tigers lost 11 consecutive SEC games prior to Saturday’s win.

Date: Nov. 19

Game Time: 3:30 p.m. ET

TV: CBS

Site: Neyland Stadium

 

Nickname: Tigers

2016 Record: 3-7 (1-5 SEC)

Coach: Barry Odom

Series against UT: Tennessee has a 1-3 record against Missouri.

The Vols beat the Tigers 19-8 last season at Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo.

Missouri is 2-0 against Tennessee at Neyland Stadium.

 

Things to know about the Missouri Tigers:

1. Missouri will not play in a bowl game for the second consecutive season: The 2002 season marked the last time Missouri missed playing in a bowl game in consecutive years.

Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt marked Missouri’s third game since the start of the 2001 season that the Tigers were eliminated from bowl consideration at kickoff, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

2. The Tigers had six sacks against the Commodores: Missouri’s sack total was the most for the team since the 29-21 win against Tennessee on Nov. 23, 2014.

Redshirt junior defensive end Charles Harris had 2.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for a loss against Vanderbilt. Harris won the SEC’s defensive lineman of the week.

Many experts and Tennessee coach Butch Jones believe Harris could see his name called in April’s NFL Draft if he chooses to forgo his redshirt senior season.

3. Missouri's stats are a bit inflated: Some of the Tigers' offensive stats are inflated due to playing some of the non-Power 5 opponents on their schedule, including Eastern Michigan, Delaware State and Middle Tennessee State.

Missouri hasn't scored more than 27 points against an SEC opponent this season.

Sophomore quarterback Drew Lock holds a 5-13 record (2-12 SEC) as a starter for Missouri. Lock has completed 200 passes in 365 attempts for 2,811 passing yards, 21 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season. Missouri has allowed only 11 sacks.

Freshman running back Damarea Crockett is averaging 6.5 yards per carry on 129 attempts for 837 rushing yards and nine touchdowns.

Junior wide receiver J'Mon Moore ranks second in the SEC in both touchdown catches (eight) and receiving yards (743).

4. Two defensive players are injured for the Tigers: Both redshirt senior linebacker Michael Scherer and sophomore defensive lineman Terry Beckner Jr. suffered season-ending torn ACL injuries in the loss to Middle Tennessee State on Oct. 22.

(© 2016 WBIR)


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