Aug 31, 2013; Columbia, MO, USA; Missouri Tigers mascot Truman entertains the crowd during the second half of the game against the Murray State Racers at Faurot Field. Missouri won 58-14. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Pregame: Mizzou Hosts Pinkel’s Former Team


VITALS

Time: 2:30 p.m.

TV: ESPNU

Radio: Sirius 135

History: This is the first meeting between Mizzou and Toledo.

Weather: 95-degrees with a 10% chance of rain.

MOTIVATIONAL VIDEO

THREE 2 WATCH

1. E.J. Gaines

Gaines needs to have one or two big plays in the secondary this week. Toledo can move the ball well – even if the Florida game says otherwise.

2. Dorial Green-Beckham

Beckham had a solid start to the season with four catches for 83-yards last week, including a 44-yard reception. He’ll need to have more big plays like that to put some distance between Mizzou and Toledo on the scoreboard.

3. Defensive Front Seven

Florida grounded the Rockets offense last week by holding Toledo to just 50 yards rushing. Missouri will need a similar effort in slowing the Rockets’ ground game if Mizzou is to win this game comfortably.

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TOLEDO ROCKETS

1. Rocket Offense

Toledo averaged 28.4 points per game last season and returned nine starters from last season. This came mostly from a rushing offense that averaged 193.2 yards per game, and 252 yards passing. They are a grind it out team that is very efficient in how they do things.

2. David Fluellen

Fluellen rushed for 1,498 yards and 13 touchdowns last season, and led all Rockets with 1,744 yards from scrimmage last season. His 5.8 yards per carry was fourth among all MAC running backs with at least 200 carries last season.

3. Bernard Reedy

When the Rockets do throw the ball, they tend to favor the speedy, 5-9 receiver Reedy. Reedy caught 88 passes last season for 1113 yards and six touchdowns. He had seven catches for 50 yards last week against Florida.

GAME PLAN

Toledo has a very good offense that can take advantage of some of Missouri’s defensive issues. Florida shut down the Rockets ground game and forced a lot of third and longs. This is the blueprint to beat the Toledo.

While Missouri doesn’t have the same kind of talent as Florida does on their defense, they are still a superior team to Toledo. Shutting down the run should open up opportunities for E.J. Gains to make some plays in the passing game. If Mizzou’s defense can do that, then the offense should be able to get the Tigers a big, comfortable lead.

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