Oklahoma-Missouri Pregame Notes

The Sooners lead the all-time series 62-23-5 and hold a 31-15 edge in Columbia. See inside for more news, notes and quotes previewing Saturday's matchup. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. Pictured: Chris Chester's touchdown catch off of a fake field goal helped OU win in Columbia in 2002.

11 a.m. CST. -- Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium (68,349) -- Columbia, Mo.
Saturday's game will be televised regionally by ABC. Brent Musberger (play-by-play), Bob Davie (analyst) and Lisa Salters (sideline) will call the game.

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The game can be heard on the radio in Oklahoma on KOKC 1520 AM. It is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio Channel 155. To listen to the OU radio broadcast live on the internet with Bob Barry, Sr., Merv Johnson and Mark Rodgers, click the link below and then click the top photo on the page.

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The Matchup
Oklahoma (5-2, 2-1) and Missouri (7-1, 3-1) will square off in the only matchup between ranked teams this weekend. The Tigers, whose lone loss this season came on the road against Texas A&M, 25-19, on Oct. 14, are currently riding an eight-game home winning streak at Faurot Field. Missouri began the season with six straight wins before the loss in College Station. Their two Big 12 wins were both in Columbia over Colorado (28-13) and Kansas State (41-21). The Sooners are riding a two-game winning streak, but are just 2-5 away from Owen Field since 2005 and so far this season.

The Rankings
The Sooners are ranked No. 19 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches Top 25 Polls, while the Tigers are No. 23 in both polls.

The Series
Oklahoma leads the all-time series 62-23-5 overall. The Sooners have won three straight and 15 out of the last 16 meetings. They are 3-1 against Missouri since the inception of the Big 12 and 31-15 overall in Columbia.

Last Meeting
In Columbia in 2002, then No. 2 ranked Oklahoma jumped out to a 23-7 lead behind a 65-yard touchdown pass from Nate Hybl to Curtis Fagan and a 53-yard touchdown run by Quentin Griffin. The Tigers stormed back behind quarterback Brad Smith to take a 24-23 leadfive minutes into the fourth quarter, but the Sooners then pulled off one of the most memorable plays of the Stoops era when holder Matt McCoy lobbed a pass to tight end Chris Chester on a fake field goal attempt for the go-ahead touchdown.

The Coaches
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops is 80-18 in his eighth season in Norman and 3-0 against the Tigers. Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel is 36-31 in his sixth season at Missouri and 109-68-3 overall in 16 years. Pinkel, who was the head coach at Toledo for nine years prior to taking over at Missouri, is 0-2 head-to-head against Stoops.

Strength of Schedule
After Saturday's win over Iowa State, Oklahoma's strength of schedule rating against past opposition dropped from 15th to 23rd. Their SOS against future opponents is ranked 43rd and their combined SOS is currently 27th. Missouri has played the 42nd-toughest schedule so far this sesaon.

About Missouri
Offensively, the Tigers currently rank 16th nationally in scoring offense (33.13 ppg) and 14th in total offense (419.5 ypg). They are 18th in passing offense (254.63 ypg) and 33rd in rushing offense (164.88 ypg).

Defensively, Missouri is 17th in scoring defense (14.63 ppg) and 21st in total defense (282.25 ypg). They are 36th in rushing defense (109.75 ypg) and 32nd in passing defense (172.5 ypg).

Punter Adam Crosset averages 40.3 yards per punt (long of 79). Kicker Jeff Wolfert is 10-for-12 on field goals (long of 44) and 33-for-33 on extra points.

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About Oklahoma
Offensively, the Sooners currently rank 21st nationally in scoring offense (31.57 ppg) and 32nd in total offense (378.57 ypg). They are 53rd in passing offense (207.71 ypg) and 26th in rushing offense (170.86 ypg).

Defensively, Oklahoma is 21st in scoring defense (15.86 ppg) and 11th in total defense (266.71 ypg). The Sooners are 26th in rushing defense (115.14 ypg) and 11th in passing defense (151.57 ypg).

Punter Michael Cohen averages 39.30 yard per punt. Kicker Garrett Hartley, who is third in the nation in field goals made per game and ninth in scoring, is 13-for-14 on field goal attempts (long of 46) and a perfect 26-for-26 on extra points.

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Bob Stoops on Missouri
"Excited about the challenge of going up there. A very good team — 7-1. Our players realize the challenge of it and the excitement of it.

"I look at it as a big game going to Missouri against a team that's 7-1. For us, absolutely it's a big game. It is for them. But everyone knows that.

"Their quarterback's (Chase Daniel) excellent. Chase Daniel does such a great job — just a quick release and smart where he goes with the football. They do a great job using Franklin, their wide receiver, and their tight ends in different spots.

"Just him distributing the ball is the biggest factor. We've got to be great in our coverage, breaking on the ball, trying to get some pressure to him. But he does a good job of not taking sacks and getting rid of the football before you get to him.

"Hopefully we can hurry him at different times and have him release it before he's ready to, and try to disrupt him to some degree. But he does an excellent job the way he controls the game.

Kevin Wilson on Missouri's Defense
"It's unfortunate because Brian Smith was a great player and he got hurt on a freak play running down the field. You kinda feel for guys like that because it's an unfortunate deal.

"When you watch them they're different, but it looks like philosophically with their program they're doing some things like I've seen Texas Tech do. I think they feel they can score points and they'll take some chances with their blitzing or rush package to get the plays and to get turnovers.

"But they don't give up a lot of big plays. They are creating some nice plays with turnovers and sacks and negatives, but they're not busting where you see people just running downfield. They're making teams snap it again, snap it again, snap it again.

"I think they're doing that because they feel like it's nice that we are getting turnovers and scoring points, but let's not give up the big play. And that's as impressive as anything. They've not had a lot of just huge chunk plays, the big-yardage plays against their defense.

"Listening to their comments, it sounds like they're making a big deal defensively like, 'Hey, we've got to get the negative play. Let's go create the turnover and get the ball back for our offense.'

"But I do think their they're taking chances that looked to me to be very sound, very calculated and very smart, because they're not getting burned a lot, which is the sign of a good defense as well.

"We'll have a big challenge this week with Missouri. I think they've created already 27 sacks in an eight-game stretch."

Brent Venables on Missouri's Offense
"There's some carryover (comparing the Tigers to Oregon). They force you to defend the field from sideline to sideline, first and foremost. There's certain run game that's carryover. They do some certain schemes that are similar in the run game and their screen game as well. For example, the first screen they (Oregon) got out of the gate for 67 (yards). That kind of stuff.

"They'll look at how did Oklahoma want to go in there and prepare against them. What was their plan and generally speaking what was the gist of their basic gameplan, and how does it fit us. There's some carryover because they're a spread offense and (use) a lot of three and four wides.

"You see how the team feeds off of his (QB Chase Daniel) energy and his leadership. Unbelievable accuracy both sitting in the pocket and moving and scrambling around. He's got great poise, vision down the field and receivers that help him succeed as well.

"A really good underneath thrower. He can throw all the routes. Really a nice player. Doesn't get many batted for a 5-11 guy, but they deepen him up. Most shotgun guys are around five yards and he's at seven yards from the line of scrimmage."

Gary Pinkel on Oklahoma
"Looking at Oklahoma, it's the same program, just different players from the last time we played them. There are just a lot of great football players on the team. They've done a great job recruiting.

"They've had some difficulties. Obviously the quarterback situation they had this year, and Adrian Peterson, their tailback, and they have some other adjustments to make. I'm very impressed with how they've handled this as a football team, but I would not expect anything less from Bob Stoops because he's good at what he does. "Defensively, they just keep getting better and better every week. They're one of the top defenses in the league right now and one of the top defenses in the nation. They've improved and have good players, and it'll be a great challenge for us.

"We're certainly excited about being in this position, you work very hard for this. We're glad we're playing at Mizzou and this is very exciting for us. Obviously we want to play well and we're going to have to play well. It will be a great challenge for our football team."

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