The Xtra Point: The Battle Of The Tigers

3 years 3 months 2 weeks ago December 07, 2013 Dec 7, 2013 Saturday, December 07 2013 Saturday, December 07, 2013 6:45:00 AM CST in Mizzou Xtra
By: Mark Kim, KOMU 8 Sports Columnist

After playing in one of its biggest games in school history, the Missouri Tigers will follow up last week's win over Texas A&M with another high-pressure matchup against the Auburn Tigers. The winner of the game will be in contention to play for the BCS Championship game. 

The Auburn Tigers won't be an easy foe. They beat the No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide last week and a big reason for this is the running attack. Auburn is fifth in the nation in rushing yards as they have Heisman candidate Tre Mason in the backfield and speedy quarterback Nick Marshall under the helm. If there's one thing Auburn can do, it's utilize the option. The entire Auburn offense is centered on the ability to utilize the option play. If there's any team in the nation with the potential to stop them, it's Missouri with its front four: Kony Ealy, Markus Golden, Michael Sam and Matt Hoch. A four man rush and a lineback in a quarterback spy should try to ease the high octane run offense of Auburn.

The key for Missouri is to force Auburn to pass.  That being said, it's also Missouri's biggest weakness. Missouri needs to know when Auburn is going to throw the ball instead of being surprised when it does. As previously mentioned, Auburn enjoys running the option. The play action pass is one of Auburn's biggest weapons and they can be seen faking the option the sucker in the defense. 

Auburn doesn't usually pass the ball, but when they do, Missouri needs to be ready. Especially with a pass defense as suspect as Missouri's, they need to make the most of the passes and try to force turnovers. 

Like Missouri, Auburn is prone in their pass defense. They've given up massive passing yards to quarterbacks such as A.J McCarron, Aaron Murray, Johnny Manziel and Bo Wallace. This week should be no different. James Franklin has shaken off the rust he had after sitting four games due to injury and now looks like the same healthy quarterback that led Missouri to a 6-0 record to start the season. Expect Missouri to air out the ball a lot to their giant receivers. 

Now Auburn has a decent run defense. Yes, they did give up 141 rushing yards up to Alabama's T.J Yeldon, but let's remember he's a Heisman caliber running back. Henry Josey is good, but he's no Yeldon. I can see Missouri utilizing all three backs in order to catch the defense off guard with their different run styles. Expect a sub-par to decent performance for Missouri's running backs. 

I can see Missouri taking the game. Missouri's defensive line should give Tre Mason a hard time and while the Tigers' pass defense may be bad, Auburn's is even worse. Combine that with Missouri's big receivers, and the team's aerial assault will be lethal. This game will still be close, but Auburn's defense will be the reason for their downfall. 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - A Columbia man was arrested Sunday evening on suspicion of first-degree burglary. CPD officers were dispatched to... More >>
1 hour ago March 26, 2017 Mar 26, 2017 Sunday, March 26 2017 Sunday, March 26, 2017 10:28:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Columbia police arrested a man Sunday morning after he allegedly shot multiple rounds from his gun near the... More >>
4 hours ago March 26, 2017 Mar 26, 2017 Sunday, March 26 2017 Sunday, March 26, 2017 7:25:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
COLUMBIA Updated 7:05 p.m. - The Columbia Police Department said a second victim in the Sunday shooting on I-70 Drive... More >>
7 hours ago March 26, 2017 Mar 26, 2017 Sunday, March 26 2017 Sunday, March 26, 2017 4:18:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - During his time as athletic director at the University of Missouri Mike Alden oversaw a little bit of... More >>
9 hours ago March 26, 2017 Mar 26, 2017 Sunday, March 26 2017 Sunday, March 26, 2017 2:35:00 PM CDT in Sports
ST. LOUIS (AP) — About 1,000 of St. Louis' delinquent properties are expected to face the wrecking ball to create... More >>
10 hours ago March 26, 2017 Mar 26, 2017 Sunday, March 26 2017 Sunday, March 26, 2017 1:13:10 PM CDT in News
OZARK, Mo . (AP) — A southwestern Missouri man is accused of sexual misconduct involving a teenager who investigators say... More >>
11 hours ago March 26, 2017 Mar 26, 2017 Sunday, March 26 2017 Sunday, March 26, 2017 12:20:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
FORSYTH, Mo . (AP) — Authorities said a southern Missouri man told investigators he was either sleepwalking or dreaming when... More >>
13 hours ago March 26, 2017 Mar 26, 2017 Sunday, March 26 2017 Sunday, March 26, 2017 10:25:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Officers said a suspect is on the run after a robbery at an Extended Stay America Saturday night.... More >>
1 day ago March 25, 2017 Mar 25, 2017 Saturday, March 25 2017 Saturday, March 25, 2017 10:39:11 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A hearing for Sturgeon Police Chief Greg Halderman will take place on Monday. On the week of... More >>
1 day ago March 25, 2017 Mar 25, 2017 Saturday, March 25 2017 Saturday, March 25, 2017 7:16:00 PM CDT in News
LINN - State Technical College in Linn opened up its campus to recruit prospective students and to show off what... More >>
1 day ago March 25, 2017 Mar 25, 2017 Saturday, March 25 2017 Saturday, March 25, 2017 4:49:00 PM CDT in News
UPDATED 3/26/17 7:46 p.m. The Boone County Fire Protection District is no longer leading the search. KOMU has... More >>
1 day ago March 25, 2017 Mar 25, 2017 Saturday, March 25 2017 Saturday, March 25, 2017 4:37:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two men each are jailed on $750,000 bond after being accused in connection with the St.... More >>
1 day ago March 25, 2017 Mar 25, 2017 Saturday, March 25 2017 Saturday, March 25, 2017 3:38:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Two semi trucks and two cars were part of a wreck Saturday that closed westbound I-70. The... More >>
1 day ago March 25, 2017 Mar 25, 2017 Saturday, March 25 2017 Saturday, March 25, 2017 3:23:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Republican-led Missouri Legislature will get back to a business-friendly agenda when it returns from... More >>
1 day ago March 25, 2017 Mar 25, 2017 Saturday, March 25 2017 Saturday, March 25, 2017 12:35:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole... More >>
1 day ago March 25, 2017 Mar 25, 2017 Saturday, March 25 2017 Saturday, March 25, 2017 10:54:00 AM CDT in News
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — An activist who helped shut down a St. Louis-area freeway during protests commemorating the first anniversary... More >>
1 day ago March 25, 2017 Mar 25, 2017 Saturday, March 25 2017 Saturday, March 25, 2017 10:45:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say a 15-year-old boy was killed and six other people were critically wounded... More >>
1 day ago March 25, 2017 Mar 25, 2017 Saturday, March 25 2017 Saturday, March 25, 2017 10:41:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – A group of local artists hosted a fundraiser Friday night, giving people people the chance to view works... More >>
1 day ago March 25, 2017 Mar 25, 2017 Saturday, March 25 2017 Saturday, March 25, 2017 5:40:00 AM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 51°
12am 50°
1am 50°
2am 50°
3am 51°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

11:35p
Elementary
12:35a
Paid Program
1:05a
Dateline NBC
11:00p
Heartland
12:00a
Sam Steele and the Junior Detective Agency
2:00a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Little Big Shots
8:00p
Chicago Justice
9:00p
Shades of Blue
6:00p
Mystic Pizza
8:00p
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld