Idaho Vandals (2-4) at Missouri Tigers (1-5)
College Football: Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 12:00 pm (Memorial Stadium-Columbia)
The Line: Missouri Tigers -14 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
We have some inter-conference action on the gridiron in week 8, as the Idaho Vandals visit the Missouri Tigers in a college football matchup.
The Idaho Vandals will look to bounce back after dropping back-to-back outings, including a 23-20 loss to Appalachian State in their last outing. Matt Linehan threw for 200 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 15 of 28 passing, while Aaron Duckworth turned his 21 carries into 113 yards. Alfonso Onunwor caught a team-high 6 passes for 85 yards and a touchdown. Reuben Mwehla chipped in 70 receiving yards, while Jacob Sannon caught 3 balls and Joseph Wysocki added a touchdown grab of his own in the loss. Defensively, an Aikeem Colenamn sack and a Sedrick Thomas interception were the lone individual highlights in an otherwise solid outing for the Vandals, giving up just 276 yards of total offense in the game, but blew a 20-0 lead by giving up all 23 unanswered points over a 15:35 span in the 2nd half.
The Missouri Tigers will try to snap a 5 game losing skid that has Mizzou sitting at 1-5 overall this season and 0-3 in SEC conference play after a 53-28 loss to then #4 Georgia in their last outing. Drew Lock threw for 253 yards and 4 touchdowns and an interception. Damarea Crockett led the team with 9 carries for 32 yards, as Mizzou combined for 77 rushing yards on 23 carries. Emanuel Hall caught a team-high 4 passes for 141 yards and 2 touchdowns. Jason Reese’s lone reception was a 27-yard touchdown grab, while Albert Okwuegbunam caught a touchdown pass of his own in the loss. Defensively, the Tigers logged just a single sack courtesy of Cale Garrett, in an otherwise frustrating outing for Missouri, as the Tigers gave up almost 700 yards of total offense to the Bulldogs in the loss including a whopping 370 rushing yards while being dominated by Georgia in the time of possession battle, with Missouri holding the rock for just over 20 minutes in the loss.
Idaho is 8-0 ATS in their last 8 road games and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall while the over is 11-5 in their last 16 games following a loss. Missouri is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record.
Going against Missouri on the spread has come back to bite me in the butt over the last couple of weeks, and of course it’s the first two games the Tigers cover all season. However, I think this is too many points to lay against Idaho. The Vandals are road warriors, covering the spread in 8 straight road games and in 12 of their last 16 games overall. The Vandals are a big step down from Georgia, but Idaho has lost by double digits just once this season and Missouri has allowed 31 points or more in each of their games this season, so if the Vandals can get on the board early and often, this one could be a game that Idaho can steal. Give me the Vandals and the points here.