Missouri Tigers (2-0) at Purdue Boilermakers (0-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 15, 2018, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Purdue Boilermakers +7.5 -- Over/Under:
The Missouri Tigers and Purdue Boilermakers meet Saturday in college football action at Ross-Ade Stadium.
The Missouri Tigers take to the road for the first time and hope to start 3-0 for the fourth time in his last six years. The Missouri Tigers have won each of their last three road games. Drew Lock is completing 74.3 percent of his passes for 687 yards, eight touchdowns and zero interceptions. Lock has three or more touchdown passes in 10 of his last 11 games. Emanuel Hall and Johnathon Johnson have combined for 442 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Kam Scott has one reception. The Missouri Tigers ground game is averaging 183.5 yards per contest, and Damarea Crockett leads the way with 115 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Missouri is allowing 13.5 points and 262.5 yards per game. Cale Garrett leads the Missouri Tigers with 12 tackles, Nate Anderson has one sack and DeMarkus Acy has one pass deflection.
The Purdue Boilermakers are desperate for a victory in order to avoid an 0-3 start for the first time in over a decade. The Purdue Boilermakers have split their last eight home games. Elijah Sindelar is completing 59.1 percent of his passes for 283 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Sindelar and David Blough have combined for 405 passing yards this season. Rondale Moore and Jared Sparks have combined for 212 receiving yards and one touchdown while Terry Wright has four receptions. The Purdue Boilermakers ground game is averaging 271.5 yards per contest, and D.J. Knox leads the way with 229 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Purdue is allowing 25.5 points and 408.5 yards per game. Cornel Jones leads the Purdue Boilermakers with 15 tackles, Markus Bailey has 1.5 tackles for loss and Kai Higgins has one interception.
The Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Boilermakers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games following a ATS loss. The under is 7-3 in Boilermakers last 10 games overall and the over is 6-2-1 in Tigers last 9 games in September.
The Missouri Tigers haven't had the toughest schedule to this point, but they're an offensive powerhouse led by a Heisman dark horse in Lock. Missouri is a team to keep a close eye on as we enter SEC conference play. The Purdue Boilermakers are coming off back-to-back heartbreak losses and show very litte consistency on the offensive side. Purdue continues to play two quarterbacks and both have shown to be subpar at best, and Moore and Knox are the only guys who can make a play or two. When going up against one of the top quarterbacks in the game who does nothing but throw touchdowns, the Boilermakers will need to find some explosion offensively. I don't see it. Give me Missouri by double digits.