Week 4 SEC & Big Ten: Indiana at Missouri

Week 4 SEC & Big Ten Fearless Predictions: Indiana at Missouri

Week 4 SEC
- South Carolina at Vanderbilt
- Mississippi State at LSU 
- Indiana at Missouri 
- Florida at Alabama
- NIU at Arkansas, Texas A&M at SMU, Troy at Georgia

Indiana (1-1) at Missouri (3-0)
Sept. 20, 4:00, SEC Network

Here's The Deal: Is Indiana just crazy enough to lose to Bowling Green and come back to beat Missouri on the road? The offense is among the most explosive and dangerous in the country, and while the defense isn’t nearly as good as the current stats are, it should be better as the year goes on. But losing to a MAC team – even the defending champion – isn’t exactly a sign that things are going well. With Maryland up next in the team’s Big Ten opener, not getting obliterated by Mizzou would be a positive.

The Tigers first beat the Hoosiers in 1953 as a member of the Big 7 conference – winning 14-7 – and last year they won 45-28. This time around, they’re more of an interesting question mark having had few problems with its MAC challenge – blowing by Toledo 49-24 – and coming up with a surprisingly easy win over UCF last week. But this should be when the fun really begins. If the offense was able to stretch its legs a bit against the Rockets, this week it should be able to show a little more in what has the potential to be a fun shootout. With at South Carolina, Georgia, and at Florida up next on the schedule, the season really starts to kick into high gear now.
Why Indiana Might Win: No one has tested out the Missouri secondary quite yet, however, everyone has had success. All three Tiger opponents so far have thrown for over 200 yards with South Dakota State completing 72% of its passes. Mizzou has only allowed one touchdown throw and picked off five passes. Indiana has the running game to balance things out, but it’s Nate Sudfeld and the passing attack that’ll make this a game. So far, the pass protection has been good enough to get by, but …

Why Missouri Might Win: The Tigers are about to bring the heat. The fast, fast, fast IU offense can quickly bog down if it’s facing several third-and-long situations, and Sudfeld will be under pressure all game long against Markus Golden and Shane Ray, two of the most dynamic defenders in America with four sacks each. On the other side of the ball, the Hoosiers are in trouble - Bowling Green’s offense did absolutely anything it wanted. Falcon quarterback James Knapke threw it 73 times for 395 yards and three touchdowns, and the running game ran wild as the offense was up to every big moment. MU QB Maty Mauk will be taking target practice.

Who To Watch Out For: The first step for IU is to establish Tevin Coleman right away. The nation’s leading rusher cranked out 247 yards and two scores against Indiana State and ran 24 times for 190 yards and three touchdowns against Bowling Green. He’s fast, he’s big, and he has the home run hitting speed to hang around the Missouri second level all game long. Last year, he was held to 54 yards and a score in the loss to the Tigers, and this time around, he has to get going right away if the Hoosiers are going to have any chance.

What’s Going To Happen: Indiana will put up some big plays and will get its yards, but it won’t be able to stop the Missouri offense once it gets warmed up. It could like big offensive stats and lots of guys sprinting up and down the field, this is for you.
Prediction: Missouri 52 … Indiana 31
Line: Missouri -13.5 o/u: 72.5
Must Watch Factor: (5: The Guest - 1: Extreme Guide To Parenting) … 3.5

Week 4 SEC
- South Carolina at Vanderbilt
- Mississippi State at LSU 
- Indiana at Missouri 
- Florida at Alabama
- NIU at Arkansas, Texas A&M at SMU, Troy at Georgia

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