Websider Prognosticator Panel - Missouri

It's another college football weekend and another Aggie football game so that means the Websider Prognosticator Panel is back in action minus one hold-out. The panel did a good job disposing of the Cyclones, but will they have the magic touch with the Missouri Tigers coming to town.


Aggies 34
Tigers 19

The Aggies are feeling themselves on offense and with a few defensive starters slated to return, I see the Ags corralling QB James Franklin and RB Henry Josey. Coach Sherman wants this game in a bad way as he is still upset over the 30-9 beat down last year.


Aggies 41
Tigers 24

I see a close game in the first half, but the Aggies pull away after halftime on the backs of the offensive line and a dominant rushing attack. Similarly, Missouri will expose a slightly overrated Aggie run defense to keep with striking distance, but A&M has too much firepower with Cyrus Gray and Christine Michael.


Aggies 34
Tigers 31

This game is going to boil down to stopping the zone read. The front seven are going to have to play disciplined assignment football. I think we have a little trouble keeping Missouri behind the chains and they can grind some clock, wearing down the Defense yet again. Offense will need to play clean, cannot turn the ball over and I think we struggle with that again. The Tigers have lost every road game, but have kept it fairly close showing they don't get rattled in front of a hostile crowd. I'm thinking this game is pretty close throughout only so Hop can sell more subscriptions. Just don't feel right about this, maybe some pre-Norman jitters.


Aggies 00
Tigers 00

Aggiemetal has been so frustrated with all of the World Series and baseball talk this week on the message board that he is boycotting the prognosticator panel this week. Hopefully with the series over he'll be back with the panel for the critical Oklahoma game.


Aggies 37
Tigers 21

Missouri has not beaten a team with a winning record this season. They are 86th in the country defending the pass and 41st against the rush and have attained those less than stellar numbers in beating a handful of teams who stink. Missouri's successful rushing attack will go head to head with A&M's even more successful rush defense and A&M's vulnerability through the air will only be moderately tested. The Tigers aren't playing Miami (OH), Western Illinois, or Iowa State this week so their win total will stay at three as they head back to Missouri.


Aggies 38
Tigers 28

I know most experts feel Missouri will try to establish their No. 1 ranked zone read rushing attack, but I'm thinking Missouri will try to come out and hit some big play action passes over the middle and attack A&M's weakness immediately. Then, once the Tiger offense can loosen up the Aggie defense, then they can move to the ground game. However, QB Franklin isn't nearly as accurate as the murderer's row of QB's A&M has faced the past 4 of 5 weeks and Pinkel's plan will fall short. A&M's coverage defense is better than people think for that reason, and I expect a couple of interceptions that will be enough for the A&M offense to gain some separation on the scoreboard. With so much attention on the A&M running game, look for the Aggie tight ends to release off the line of scrimmage and drag over the middle for some big gainers.

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