Preview: Tennessee at Missouri

When: 7:15 PM ET, Saturday, November 21, 2015
Where: Faurot Field, Columbia, Missouri

Sports typically provide an escape from current matters such as the racial protests at Missouri but the university's football team, which hosts Tennessee on Saturday, is an exception. Coach Gary Pinkel announced his retirement at season's end Friday after revealing he was diagnosed with lymphoma - three days after school president Tim Wolfe resigned under pressure from the student body amid criticism of how he handled race issues.

The Tigers responded by snapping a four-game losing streak with a 20-16 victory over BYU one day after Pinkel's emotional announcement. "This week definitely brought this team closer together more than ever," wide receiver J'Mon Moore told reporters after his 4-yard touchdown catch early in the fourth quarter put the Tigers ahead for good. Missouri will have its hands full with the red-hot Volunteers, who have won three straight and four of their last five - with the only blemish a 19-14 setback to No. 3 Alabama on Oct. 24. The contest pits the SEC's No. 3 scoring offense in Tennessee versus the No. 2 scoring defense, and the Volunteers' No. 2 rushing attack against the third-best run defense in the conference.

TV: 7:15 p.m. ET, ESPN2. LINE: Tennessee -8.5

ABOUT TENNESSEE (6-4, 3-3 SEC): The Volunteers boast three of the top 15 rushers in the conference in Jalen Hurd (887 yards, 10 touchdowns), Alvin Kamara (503, six) and quarterback Joshua Dobbs (476, seven), who gained three yards on four carries in last week's 24-0 victory over North Texas while nursing a sore foot. "They are going to play motivated and they’re going to come out and give us their best shot,” Dobbs told reporters about the Tigers. “We have to come ready to play. Anytime you go on the road in the SEC, it’s going to be like that.” Tennessee's Evan Berry has three kickoff returns for touchdowns and leads the nation at 40.6 yards per return while the Volunteers also returned two punts for TDs.

ABOUT MISSOURI (5-5, 1-5): Emotions will run high as Saturday marks the final home game for Pinkel and the Memorial Stadium crowd will also send off a senior class which has helped the Tigers win 33 games. Freshman quarterback Drew Lock threw for a career-high 244 yards against BYU, prompting Pinkel to tell reporters "there was a glimpse of really what he can be." Missouri, though, is last in the SEC in scoring - and second-worst in the nation - at 15.2 points per game.


1. The Tigers are fifth in the nation in scoring defense at 14.7 points per game and have permitted 17 touchdowns - tied for fourth-fewest nationally with No. 2 Ohio State, Alabama and No. 8 Florida.

2. Tennessee hasn't won four consecutive games since 2010.

3. Missouri has won all three meetings, which have occurred in the past three seasons since the Tigers joined the SEC in 2012.

PREDICTION: Tennessee 28, Missouri 17

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Tennessee 6-4 W3 34.0 21.8 5-2 1-2 6-4 0-0 3-3
Missouri 5-5 W1 15.2 14.7 4-2 1-3 1-2 0-0 1-5

Last Meeting

Tennessee Missouri
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/22/14 MIZZ 29 TENN 21 279 53 226 410 180 230

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
TENN J. Dobbs 64.9 195 1 1
MIZZ M. Mauk 48.0 230 2 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
TENN J. Hurd 11 40 3.6 0
MIZZ M. Murphy 19 82 4.3 2
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
TENN P. Howard 8 90 11.2 0
MIZZ J. Hunt 3 106 35.3 1
TDs Player TD
TENN J. Croom 1
MIZZ M. Murphy 2
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
TENN J. Dobbs 59.1 1896 13 5
MIZZ D. Lock 51.9 1114 4 6
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
TENN J. Hurd 200 884 4.4 10
MIZZ I. Witter 114 457 4.0 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
TENN J. Malone 27 353 13.1 2
MIZZ N. Brown 25 316 12.6 4
TDs Player TD
TENN J. Hurd 12
MIZZ N. Brown 4

Quickchart Matchup

Tennessee Off vs  Missouri Def
421 yards
297.7 yards
4.6 yards/rush
3 yards/rush
7.2 yards/attempt
5.9 yards/attempt
Missouri Off vs  Tennessee Def
297.7 yards
382.4 yards
3.5 yards/rush
4.3 yards/rush
5.6 yards/attempt
6.7 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Tennessee Overall Missouri
6-4-0 W/L 5-5-0
5-5-0 ATS 3-7-0
5-5-0 O/U 1-9-0
34.0 Pts For 15.2
21.8 Pts Against 14.7
Tennessee A/H Missouri
1-2 W/L 4-2
2-1-0 ATS 2-4-0
2-1-0 O/U 1-5-0
31.0 Pts For 17.2
22.7 Pts Against 14.5
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