Indiana Hoosiers at Missouri Tigers CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/20/14
Indiana Hoosiers (1-1) at Missouri Tigers (3-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 4:00 pm (Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Missouri Tigers -14.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: SEC Network
The Indiana Hoosiers and Missouri Tigers play Saturday afternoon at Faurot Field.
The Indiana Hoosiers look to rebound from last week’s loss to the Bowling Green Falcons, a game that was decided in the final minutes. Indiana enters this game as one of the top rushing teams in the country, averaging 6.5 yards per carry and rushing for nine touchdowns. Tevin Coleman leads the charge with 437 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 47 carries, while D'Angelo Roberts has chipped in 149 rushing yards. What’s scary about Indiana’s offense is that quarterback Nate Sudfeld hasn’t had to do much, however, he’s still completing a solid 71.2 percent of his passes. Like last season, the Hoosiers explosive offense gives them a fighting chance against anyone. Defensively, the Indiana Hoosiers are allowing 370.5 yards and have forced two turnovers and five sacks. David Cooper leads the Hoosiers with 17 tackles and Bobby Richardson has three of the team’s five sacks.
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The Missouri Tigers haven’t missed a beat with their 3-0 start and are getting the job done on both sides of the ball. Maty Mauk has thrown for 12 touchdowns and 647 yards, while rushing for 204 yards, making him the Tigers second leading rusher. Russell Hansbrough leads the way with 258 rushing yards and two touchdowns, while Bud Sasser has four receiving touchdowns and 215 yards on 12 catches. Missouri is a balanced offense that is hitting its stride and can hurt you in many different ways. The Tigers are a better offense than they were last season when they reached the SEC Championship game. Defensively, the Missouri Tigers are allowing 357.3 yards per game and have forced nine turnovers and 11 sacks. Michael Scherer leads Missouri with 28 tackles and Shane Ray has 7.5 tackles for loss.
The Hoosiers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games and 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 games overall.
This is an interesting game between two highly explosive offenses and the over may be worth a look once the line is released. However, for the sake of the article, I’m going to back Missouri and the chalk. The Tigers are simply the better and deeper team on both sides of the ball and should wear down a lesser talented Indiana team by the time the second half rolls around.