Mizzou Xtra: Tigers take their talents to Toledo

2 years 11 months 1 week ago Saturday, September 06 2014 Sep 6, 2014 Saturday, September 06, 2014 7:58:00 AM CDT September 06, 2014 in Mizzou Xtra
By: Mark Kim, KOMU 8 Sports Columnist

COLUMBIA - Last week's win for Missouri's football team wasn't necessarily pretty, but the Tigers got the job done against South Dakota State. Still, things don't get any easier from here. The Tigers have a tougher opponent on the docket Saturday: the Toledo Rockets. This will be Missouri's first division one opponent this year.

Maty Mauk had a decent game against South Dakota State, but this could be the week he shines. Toledo gave up 291 passing yards and two touchdown passes to Sean Goldrich, the quarterback for New Hampshire Wildcats.

With Mauk being an upper-tier SEC quarterback, he should have no problem dissecting the Toledo secondary, especially given that team's recent injury woes in that area. Expect Darius White and Bud Sasser to take advantage of that fact and be more aggressive on longer passes.

After a breakout game last week against, Russell Hansbrough will get to reprise his performance against Toledo, especially since he won't be splitting carries with the currently doubtful Morgan Steward.

This match up will be tougher than last week, as Toledo held New Hampshire to 37 rushing yards on 31 carries. While Hansbrough is much better than any New Hampshire players, those numbers are still a bit concerning. Mauk will be the focus of the offense, but expect Hansbrough to get a decent amount of carries as well.

The biggest challenge for the Missouri Tigers will be in the trenches. The Missouri defensive line, led by Markus Golden and Shane Ray, will face a Toledo offensive line that is starting five seniors. This match up will be the X-factor of the game.

The Tigers will have to deal with Toledo running back Kareem Hunt, who rushed for more than 800 yards last season and had 136 just last week. This means Missouri's linebackers need to step it up a notch. Look for Kentrell Brothers to lead the way in terms of stopping runs short.

The experienced offensive line will be most concerning in the passing game where the Rockets are starting former Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Phillip Ely. He threw for 337 passing yards and four passing touchdowns.

Missouri's secondary is easily the weakest aspect of the team as it gave up 200+ passing yards to an FCS backup quarterback last week.

If the Tigers let Ely sit in the pocket all day, he will pick Missouri's secondary apart. The key for the Tigers is to put pressure on Ely consistently. Just having him hear the footsteps of Markus Golden, Shane Ray or Matt Hoch should shake him up.

As for the linebackers, Missouri should be playing around with different blitz packages in order to squeeze Ely as much as it can. If Missouri's turnover streak ends here, the Toledo offensive line will probably be the reason why.

A lot of analysts have Missouri on upset alert this week against Toledo. After a lackluster performance against South Dakota State, some people think that Missouri will stumble against a potent Toledo team.

But let's not forget why Missouri is a ranked team: because they can play a good game of football. It will be a close high-scoring aerial assault, but Missouri will be the victors in this game.

Expect a Heisman-esque performance from Mauk and a strong performance from Ely as well.

 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY – The Jefferson City Police Department will be participating in the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign... More >>
24 minutes ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 7:30:00 AM CDT August 18, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A small fire damaged an apartment building on Clark Avenue early Friday morning. At about 4:00... More >>
1 hour ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 6:53:00 AM CDT August 18, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - MarineParents.com, which is based in Columbia, helped grant a mother's wish for her fallen Marine, Cody Haley. 780... More >>
12 hours ago Thursday, August 17 2017 Aug 17, 2017 Thursday, August 17, 2017 7:21:00 PM CDT August 17, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Opponents of Missouri's right-to-work law are one step closer to having it delayed. A coalition of unions... More >>
13 hours ago Thursday, August 17 2017 Aug 17, 2017 Thursday, August 17, 2017 6:40:00 PM CDT August 17, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Hotels in Columbia are already over 95 percent full for the upcoming eclipse weekend. Megan McConachie, Strategic... More >>
13 hours ago Thursday, August 17 2017 Aug 17, 2017 Thursday, August 17, 2017 6:32:00 PM CDT August 17, 2017 in News
CLINTON (AP) — A man accused of providing the weapon used to kill a western Missouri police officer is facing... More >>
13 hours ago Thursday, August 17 2017 Aug 17, 2017 Thursday, August 17, 2017 6:23:00 PM CDT August 17, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - It just got a lot easier to serve alcohol over the forthcoming eclipse weekend in Jefferson City.... More >>
14 hours ago Thursday, August 17 2017 Aug 17, 2017 Thursday, August 17, 2017 5:16:00 PM CDT August 17, 2017 in News
PETTIS COUNTY - A man was shot and killed at a trailer park outside the Sedalia city limits Thursday afternoon,... More >>
14 hours ago Thursday, August 17 2017 Aug 17, 2017 Thursday, August 17, 2017 5:12:00 PM CDT August 17, 2017 in News
BOONE COUNTY - A toddler and mother were thrown from a car and two other people were hurt in a... More >>
14 hours ago Thursday, August 17 2017 Aug 17, 2017 Thursday, August 17, 2017 5:02:00 PM CDT August 17, 2017 in News
SEDALIA (AP) — Missouri's Republican House Speaker Todd Richardson says he's considering running for state auditor. Richardson told The... More >>
16 hours ago Thursday, August 17 2017 Aug 17, 2017 Thursday, August 17, 2017 3:17:32 PM CDT August 17, 2017 in News
SEDALIA - Sen. Roy Blunt agreed with some of President Trump's comments on Charlottesville, Virginia and condemned white supremacists on... More >>
16 hours ago Thursday, August 17 2017 Aug 17, 2017 Thursday, August 17, 2017 3:02:00 PM CDT August 17, 2017 in Continuous News
SEDALIA — Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill and her potential Republican rival Attorney General Josh Hawley are meeting at the... More >>
17 hours ago Thursday, August 17 2017 Aug 17, 2017 Thursday, August 17, 2017 2:46:00 PM CDT August 17, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on a Missouri lawmaker posting and deleting a comment hoping President Trump is... More >>
18 hours ago Thursday, August 17 2017 Aug 17, 2017 Thursday, August 17, 2017 1:47:00 PM CDT August 17, 2017 in News
MARSHFIELD (AP) — A search warrant that has been unsealed recently gives details about what authorities are calling a murder-suicide... More >>
19 hours ago Thursday, August 17 2017 Aug 17, 2017 Thursday, August 17, 2017 12:06:43 PM CDT August 17, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA — Columbia Police officers arrested one person and are looking for a second in connection with a home invasion... More >>
22 hours ago Thursday, August 17 2017 Aug 17, 2017 Thursday, August 17, 2017 9:53:00 AM CDT August 17, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union alleges in a lawsuit that a suburban St. Louis police department... More >>
23 hours ago Thursday, August 17 2017 Aug 17, 2017 Thursday, August 17, 2017 8:25:00 AM CDT August 17, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 19-year-old man has been acquitted of killing and attempting to rob a suburban St. Louis... More >>
23 hours ago Thursday, August 17 2017 Aug 17, 2017 Thursday, August 17, 2017 8:18:00 AM CDT August 17, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - About 300 incoming freshmen at Lincoln University will be busy doing community service around town Thursday morning.... More >>
23 hours ago Thursday, August 17 2017 Aug 17, 2017 Thursday, August 17, 2017 8:17:00 AM CDT August 17, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 63°
8am 67°
9am 72°
10am 77°
11am 81°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00a
Today
11:00a
Rachael Ray
12:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Noon
7:30a
Cops Reloaded
8:00a
The Steve Wilkos Show
9:00a
The Steve Wilkos Show

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
America's Got Talent
9:00p
Dateline NBC
7:00p
Masters of Illusion
7:30p
Masters of Illusion
8:00p
Penn & Teller: Fool Us
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld