Drew Lock (Nate Latsch-Scout.com)

Missouri-Vanderbilt Preview

Missouri (2-7, 0-5) hosts Vanderbilt (4-5, 1-4) in a Southeastern Conference game on Saturday afternoon.

Vanderbilt at Missouri

2:30 p.m. CT Saturday 

Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field

TV: SEC Network

Series: Missouri leads 4-3-1

Last meeting: Vanderbilt 10, Missouri 3 (Oct. 24, 2015 at Vanderbilt)

Over/under: 55

Spread: Vanderbilt +4

LINKS

Video: Barry Odom press conference

Missouri-Vanderbilt by the numbers

Mizzou media day notebook

Barry Odom press conference transcript (premium)

Video: Missouri LB Eric Beisel

Video: Missouri QB Drew Lock (premium)

Vandy's Derek Mason on SEC call (premium)

Zach Cunningham anchors Vandy defense

Video: Missouri LB Donavin Newsom (premium)

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TIGER TRENDS

Missouri has lost five straight games and 11 consecutive Southeastern Conference contests. 

The Tigers have allowed at least 409 yards of total offense in eight of their nine games — they are 1-7 in those games — and have allowed 523 or more total yards in four games. Missouri allowed 428 total yards against South Carolina last Saturday, which was a season high for the Gamecocks. 

Missouri has allowed 241 or more rushing yards in five games — West Virginia (241), Florida (287), Middle Tennessee (300), Kentucky (377) and LSU (418). The Tigers are allowing an average of 191.4 rushing yards.

Eric Beisel (Nate Latsch-Scout.com)

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Missouri QB Drew Lock

Lock, a sophomore, has struggled in SEC play. In five conference games, he’s completed 51.8 percent of his passes for 1,104 yards, with six touchdowns and eight interceptions. Against non-conference opponents, over four games, Lock completed 56.7 percent of his passes for 1,413 yards, with 13 touchdowns and no interceptions. 

Vanderbilt RB Ralph Webb

Webb, a junior from Florida, is closing in on his second consecutive 1,000-yard season as well as the school’s career rushing record. He has topped the 100-yard mark in four games this season, including a season-high 211 yards against Middle Tennessee, but was limited to 46 yards on 13 carries in last week’s loss to Auburn. 

Missouri WR J'Mon Moore

Moore, the Tigers’ leading receiver, had three games in the first four weeks in which he caught eight passes and topped 100 receiving yards but he’s been unable to match that level of success over the past five games.

J'Mon Moore (Nate Latsch-Scout.com)

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Webb vs. the Tigers’ linebackers

Vanderbilt is averaging 158.1 rushing yards per game and Webb has 901 yards rushing, averaging 5.1 yards per carry, and six touchdowns. Missouri’s linebacking group, which is without Michael Scherer (ACL) and could have a less than 100 percent Donavin Newsom (quad strain), has struggled with missed tackles all season. 

If the Tigers linebackers, led by Eric Beisel, Brandon Lee, Cale Garrett and converted cornerback T.J. Warren, can limit Webb and the Commodores’ rushing attack it would put the game on the Vanderbilt passing game and sophomore quarterback Kyle Shurmur

KEYS TO THE GAME

• Missouri’s defense needs to get off the field

Tigers’ opponents have converted 44 percent of their third-down opportunities, which ranks 101st out of 128 FBS schools. (Defensively, Missouri’s 470 yards allowed per game ranks 116th out of 128.)

• Which offense will show up and show out? 

Vanderbilt is averaging 12.4 points and 260.2 total yards per game in its five SEC games. Missouri is averaging 18 points and 390 total yards per game in the Tigers’ five league games. 

• Dueling sophomore quarterbacks

Missouri’s Lock and Vanderbilt’s Shurmur have both struggled at times. Lock has put up decent numbers on the season — 54.3 percent completion rate, 2,517 passing yards, 19 touchdowns, eight interceptions — but hasn’t been as effective in conference play. Shurmur has modest overall numbers — 55.1 percent completion rate, 1,310 passing yards, five touchdowns, four interceptions and has also struggled in SEC games, where he’s completed 50 percent for 626 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. 

VISITORS

Hammond (La.) High School Class of 2017 defensive end Chris Turner, a three-star prospect, will be on an official visit to Missouri. 

RELATED: Louisiana DE Turner excited to visit Missouri (premium)

Missouri commitments Case Cook, Jamal Brooks and Pompey Coleman are expected to take unofficial visits, as will Illinois Class of 2018 offensive lineman Wyatt Blake

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You can follow Nate Latsch on Twitter at @NateLatsch or email him at natelatsch@gmail.com

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