Aug 31, 2013; Columbia, MO, USA; Missouri Tigers cheerleaders, band and fans wait for the team to make the Tiger Walk before the game against the Murray State Racers at Faurot Field. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Pregame: Missouri Hosts Vols for First Time



Time: 6 p.m.


Radio: 980 AM KMBZ

History: Missouri leads the series, 1-0.

Line: Mizzou, -11



1. Rebound

The loss to South Carolina was tough, but Missouri still controls the SEC West. Don’t compound the problem by dropping a game to a team you should beat, especially at home.

2. Stay Aggressive

After Missouri took their 17-0 lead to halftime, it appeared the Tigers came back in the second half with the idea of “sitting on the ball” as opposed to keeping the pressure on South Carolina. Mizzou is at their best when they aggressive on both defense and offense, they are not a team built to slow things down. Keeping their aggressive attitude will win them more games than it will lose them games.

3. Maty Mauk

The legend talk dimmed a little bit understandably after last week’s loss. But Missouri still needs him to play well for at least one more week before the return of James Franklin. If Mauk has lost his confidence then Missouri could be in trouble.


Schlafly Pumpkin Ale. Because Halloween and fall and stuff. (And it’s tasty.)


1. Josh Dobbs

Justin Worley had surgery on a torn ligament in his right thumb and will be out for a month. Thus, true freshman Josh Dobbs will get his first career start against Mizzou. Dobbs is a run first quarterback who is a better fit for Butch Jones spread-option offense that he is trying to install at Tennessee. How far along Dobbs is in that learning process is unknown, but he’s good enough to earn the starting gig.

2. Road Woes

Tennessee has an upset over South Carolina and an overtime loss to Georgia this season, but both came at home. The road has not been so kind. In three road games Tennessee has combined for 41 points and zero wins. Though it should be noted those three losses were to Oregon, a health Florida, and Alabama.

3. Brutal Schedule

Tennessee is 4-4 on the season with only one SEC win, but that may be more of a product of their schedule than their talent. Missouri represents the sixth ranked team Tennessee has played in their last seven games. They are 3-0 against all non-ranked opponents this season.


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