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  (11) Missouri Tigers @ (6) Oklahoma Sooners

The last time Missouri beat OU was in 1998.  John Blake was the coach of the Sooners, and had a 3 year record of 12-22 at the helm.  Since then, Bob Stoops and OU are 4-0 including a 26-10 victory against the Tigers last year in Columbia.  This year the game shifts to Norman, where the Tigers have not won since 1966.  Overall series belongs to OU 63-23-5.

Oklahoma came into the season not knowing exactly what they were going to have at QB.  Six weeks after the start of the season the Sooners are 5-1, 1-1 and ranked number 6 in the country.  Sam Bradford, with the exception of the loss to Colorado has looked unbelievable, and seems to be poised to shatter the freshman quarterback passing record of 29 touchdowns that Colt Mccoy only tied last year.  So far this year, Bradford's stat line reads: 104/147 1423 18td 4int.  Another question facing OU was how they were going to replace Adrian Peterson?  Most knew Allen Patrick, and how stepped up in Peterson's absence last year with a broken collarbone.  The surprise they got this year was freshman DeMarco Murray, who along with Patrick, make the Sooners a two headed monster in the running game.  Together, Murray and Patrick have rushed 130 times for 855 yards (6.5ypc) and 14 touchdowns.  Top these numbers of with two good receivers in Juaquin Iglesias and Malcolm Kelly (combined 1,012 yards and 11 TDs) and OU has an offense that can move the ball and seemingly score at will.

Missouri beat Nebraska for only the 3rd time since 1978, and they did it in convincing fashion.  Keep in mind Nebraska is not the power they were in the early to mid 90's,  but this was a team that beat the Tigers 24 straight times until both started alternating home wins in 2003.  Missouri comes into this game with one of the most potent offenses in the NCAA.  Missouri is 4th (567 ypg) in total offense and 5th (368 ypg) through the air.  Chase Daniel has looked great so far this year completing almost 67% of his passes, throwing for 1700 yards and 15 touchdowns.  This includes a win over Ole Miss, who gave Florida a run, the only blemish on the 18th ranked Illini, and the aforementioned game against Nebraska, in which the Tigers allowed the Cornhuskers only 2 field goals.  Obviously, when a team is as pass happy as Missouri, you still need someone to give you yards on the ground every once in awhile.  Tony Temple (listed as probable after injuring ankle against Neb.) and Jeremy Maclin have contributed just what has been needed.  Combined, they have rushed 87 times for 526 yards and 4 touchdowns.  Daniel adds almost another 200 yards rushing (4.8 ypc) and 3 more touchdowns on the ground.

Ultimately, this game will come down to whose defense gives up the least.  Obviously that sounds like a homer statement, but Mizzou gives up 400 yards a game, and Ou gives up just under 300.  In the Sooners two biggest games against decent QB's, they have allowed over 300 yards passing, so Daniel who averages just 342 pypg should be able to put up his numbers.  Mizzou gives up 265 through the air and 140 on the ground to opponents, and this will be the best offense they have seen all year.

Prediction:  Both teams should be able to put up great numbers on offense, but Chase Daniel and Co. should be able to end the losing streak in Norman 38-35.  I know, a Longhorn predicting an OU loss after Texas/OU weekend, no bias here and if I am wrong I will make it known.

 

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