The Missouri Tigers (3-0) return to action Friday when they take on the Nevada Wolf Pack (0-2) in their first true road game of the season in Reno at 8:00 p.m. The Tigers are coming off a 52-12 win over the Furman Paladins Saturday at Faurot Field.
The Friday game causes some changes to the weekly schedule as the normal routine is to prepare the players for a Saturday game. The Tigers usually do not hold practice on Mondays but because of one less off day this week, the Tigers had to start practicing on Monday. Coach, Gary Pinkel says the most important thing is to stay on schedule.
"We had to have like a three week schedule. Every single day is planned out, what we're going to do, when we're going to do it and how we're going to do it," he said. "Players understand our countdown days up to a game whether it's a bowl game, whether it's a Thursday night game, a Friday night game or Saturday game or Saturday afternoon or Saturday night game."
The Tigers had to change up their schedule for the upcoming weeks because the Tigers do not have another Saturday game until they visit Oklahoma State on October 17 in Stillwater. Missouri has a bye week after Friday's game and they host Nebraska on Thursday, October 8 in Columbia in a nationally televised game.
Pinkel is happy to have the opportunity to play on national television this week.
"It's like Monday Night Football, it's the only show in town, only show in the country, that's fun I think for everybody. I know we're excited about the opportunity to play and I know they're going to be," he said.
Although they have started out the season 0-2, Nevada will be a good test for Missouri before the Tigers begin conference play.
"This is a good game for us, this is against a real good football team in a tough environment, we're going to find out about ourselves a little bit," he said.
This Friday marks Blaine Gabbert's first true road game as a starting quarterback. So far this season, Gabbert's focus has made his coach proud.
"He's a great competitor, he's very composed, he tries to stay composed," Pinkel said. "I couldn't be more pleased with how he handles himself."
Senior, Jared Perry had his first multi-touchdown game of his career on Saturday. Perry has gone through a lot during his time at Mizzou battling through injuries and being buried under the likes of Jeremy Maclin and Tommy Saunders. Pinkel says Perry has grown from the adversity he faced.
"He's a heck of a competitor and it's nice to see him making plays that we know he can make," he said.
Tailback De'Vion Moore missed Saturday's game with a high ankle sprain and is questionable for Friday's game. Linebacker Luke Lambert and safety Hardy Ricks are also suffering from ankle injuries but Pinkel said they would likely play. Safety Del Howard has a slight separation of his shoulder and he looks to be in position to practice. The coaching staff will decide later whether or not Howard can play Friday.