Sep 7, 2013; Columbia, MO, USA; Missouri Tigers fans cheer during the first half against the Toledo Rockets at Faurot Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Pregame: Missouri Aims For 3-0 Start at Indiana


VITALS

Time: 7 p.m.

TV: Big Ten Network

Radio: 980 AM, 98.1 FM

History: Indiana leads the series 6-2-1

Line: Missouri, -1

Weather: 70-degrees with a 20-percent chance of rain.

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1. Secondary

This will be their biggest test of the season so far as the Hoosiers have a tremendous downfield passing game.

2. Henry Josey

The one thing Indiana doesn’t have is a dynamic running game. Josey could be the key in keeping Indiana’s offense off the field.

3. James Franklin

This is a game Franklin can make a lot of mistakes in and still expect for Missouri to win. Indiana can score a lot of points against anybody, particularly against Missouri’s secondary. Franklin has to be on top of his game.

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INDIANA HOOSIERS

1. Third Downs

Indiana’s defense is pretty weak, but they are strong on third downs. They’ve allowed opponents to convert only 31.9-percent of their third downs this season, which could come into play in Missouri has trouble moving the ball on first or second down. Alas, that probably won’t be a problem for Mizzou.

2. Passing Game

Indiana has three wide receivers and one tight end with at least 1,000 receiving yards in their career. There is a ton of depth to this passing offense that stretching across each level of the field. The result is an offense that is sixth in the nation in points scored and 11 in the country in passing yards per game.

The passing game has benefitted the running game, which averages 232 yards per game. But their run game is almost totally dependent on the success of the passing game.

3. Turnovers

Indiana has turned the ball over six times in three games this season. If there is a way the Tigers can put this game away early, it would be through turnovers. Mizzou has forced six turnovers in their two games this season.

M-I-Z!


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