College football is here and every Wednesday throughout the season, we will be featuring a segment about the upcoming match-up for the Missouri Tigers. This week, the Tigers open their 2013 football schedule against the Murray State Racers in Columbia Missouri on Saturday night.
Murray State is a team that loves to throw the football. Head Coach Chris Hatcher was a highly successful passing quarterback during his playing days at Valdosta State. In the early 90’s, Hatcher finished with more than 11,000 yards and 120 touchdowns and was the Division II player of the year in 1994. Hatcher has brought that same passing mentality with him to MSU.
Last year’s quarterback, Casey Brockman, completed 69 percent of his passes for 3,729 yards, 28 TDs, and 10 INTs. Brockman is now the QB’s coach for MSU and Ole Miss transfer, Maikhail Miller, will be the starting QB for MSU this upcoming season.
Miller will have help with senior wide receiver, Walter Powell. Powell is a Missouri native, playing his high school ball at Hazlewood East high. Powell was an FCS All American in 2012, hauling in 94 catches for 1,213 yards and 10 touchdowns. Missouri is bolstering a young, in-experienced secondary this season and Powell should be a great opening test.
MSU hasn’t had a lot of success since Hatcher took the head coaching job 3 years ago. MSU has posted a poor record of 18-15 and the biggest reason has been their struggles on defense. The Racers defense gave up an average of 313 passing yards per game last season.
They also gave up an average of 41.4 points per game to opposing offenses. With several junior college transfers, MSU’s defense likely wont be any better this season and Mizzou QB, James Franklin, and the rest of the offense should be able to have a field day this Saturday night.
Murray State’s offense is built to throw the ball, which should help them establish a few good drives against MU’s young secondary. That being said, Missouri’s offense will likely be too much for MSU’s defense and I see a blow out in the making.
Mizzou wins their first game 48 to 10.