Sep 21, 2013; Bloomington, IN, USA; Missouri Tigers head coach Gary Pinkel reacts with wide receiver Bud Sasser (21) and running back Marcus Murphy (6) during the second half at Memorial Stadium. Missouri defeats Indiana 45-28. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

The Pregame: Missouri To Battle Arkansas State

VITALS

Time: 6:30 p.m.

TV: KSMO

Radio: KMBZ 980

History: Mizzou leads the series 2-0

Line: Missouri, -21

Weather: Thunderstorms all afternoon. 50% chance of rain at kickoff that will last through the game. Temperatures will be in the low 70′s.

MOTIVATIONAL VIDEO

THREE 2 WATCH

1. Health

The last thing the Tigers need is to pile up a lot of injuries against a team they should clobber right before they face Vanderbilt next weekend. Don’t expect to see much of the starters as a result.

2. Turnovers

Bad weather means holding onto the ball is going to be a lot tougher. Missouri has forced nine turnovers this season, so expect the defense to add to that total on Saturday.

3. Front Seven

Arkansas State is a run-heavy team, averaging 240 yards on the ground per game. That’s good enough to rank them 25th in the country. Stopping the run will be the key in shutting down the Red Wolves offense.

TAILGATE BEER

Given the opponent and the weather, it may be a great idea to find the closest Harpos and try a Batch 19. It’s a pre-prohibition style lager that tastes like victory.

ARKANSAS STATE

1. David Oku

ASU’s rushing attack is spearheaded by senior running back David Oku, who rushed for over 1,000 yards last season. He’s averaging 4.5 yards per carry so far in 2013.

Backups Michael Gordon and Fredi Knighten each have long runs of over 70 yards.

2. Adam Kennedy

When the Red Wolves does pass, they are pretty efficient at it. Kennedy – who is mobile enough at quarterback – has completed 62.9% of his passes and has thrown just one interception. They don’t get a lot of big plays from their passing game, but they are good enough at it to keep the ball moving.

3. Defense

Auburn managed to rack up 468 yards of offense in their 38-9 win over Arkansas State. 301 of those yards came on the ground.

Red Wolves have allowed 31 points or more in three of their four games.

M-I-Z!

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