College Football 2020 Preview: Missouri vs. Arkansas

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December 2, 2020 9:35 PM

Missouri had the unfortunate position of opening the College Football season on primetime against Alabama, and at which point, new Head Coach Eliah Drinkwitz was indoctrinated by fire. From that game, fans had a hard time gleaming what they had in a football team, and coach. But since then, I think it’s apparent that Missouri will continue to be a force in the SEC East, and coach Drink’s cooking with gas.

Coming off a 41-0 victory over Vanderbilt, Mizzou is a 1.5 point favorite over southern rival Arkansas, but after seeing the Tigers multiple times this year I feel they’re a great value to cover and close the year strong. Drink has a defense that’s becoming reminiscent of years past, when the Tigers have verteran and physical players on the defensive line and at the linebacker position.

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This year, it’s Nick Bolton that sets the tone, and should help limit the Razorbacks. Florida transfer Feleipe Franks is a big athlete that can get loose and use his legs, but the threat of Bolton patrolling the middle should keep him uncomfortable, and operating solely from the pocket.

If the Arkansas offense is capped, Mizzou quarterback Connor Bazelak can go to work with multiple weapons, and use that arm talent to spread the pigskin and march. The Mizzou weapons are similar to pack of Deebo Samuel Lite’s, sure handed underneath, and tough to bring down with a single defender. Between Drink’s scheme and Bazelak’s talent, they’ve consistently improved through their dismantling of Vanderbilt.

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If players like Tyler Badie and Larry Roundtree get the ball early, and have success, Mizzou should cover that 1.5 safely, and get a nice early return on the Coach Drink era.

💰 Pick: Missouri -1.5