Drew Lock (Nate Latsch-Scout.com)

Three Keys: Vanderbilt at Mizzou

The Vanderbilt Commodores visit Missouri on Saturday afternoon for a huge game with the Tigers. A win and a bowl is a possibility. A loss and things get really difficult. Here are your three keys to Vandy win.

KEY No. 1  ROCK DREW LOCK

Sophomore quarterback Drew Lock has passed for 2,517 yards and 19 touchdowns with eight interceptions. Lock has passed for the second most yardage in the SEC after Ole Miss' Chad Kelly. If Vandy can get good pressure on Lock to force errant throws the Commodores' chances of winning will increase dramatically. The Tigers have given up the fewest sacks this season in the SEC so it will be a challenge to put some heat on Lock.

KEY No. 2 SHURMUR SHINES

A sound passing game opens things up for Ralph Webb and company. Missouri is 12th in the SEC in both touchdowns allowed (13) and passing yards allowed (237.7) per game. However, the Tigers are a little more effective in pass efficiency rating ranking in the middle of the pack at seventh. Shurmur grew up some at Auburn. He'll need to continue his maturation as a SEC quarterback at Missouri.  

KEY No. 3 ROAD WARRIORS

Vanderbilt has already emerged victorious in two road games this season including one SEC contest. A win over Missouri in Columbia will put the 'Dores at .500 in road games this season. That's a sign of progress. A win will also put the 'Dores within striking distance of a bowl which could come with a win against Ole Miss or Tennessee in the final two games. This has a feeling similar to last year's game in the other Columbia where the team laid an egg. The Commodores need to go in like the Vikings, Commodore Vikings, and terrorize the Tigers in their own back yard. Zach, are you listening?

A win over the Tigers would also even the all-time series between Mizzou and Vandy at 4-4. The game kicks off at 2:30 pm CT and can be seen on the SEC Network.  


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