- Associated Press - Thursday, September 4, 2014

NO. 24 MISSOURI (1-0) at TOLEDO (1-0), 10 a.m. ET (ESPN)

Line: Missouri by 4

Series Record: Missouri leads 1-0.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

It’s a bit of a homecoming for Gary Pinkel, the career wins leader at both schools with 73 at Toledo from 1991-2000 and 103 at Missouri from 2001-present. He’s in the Toledo athletics Hall of Fame. Tigers were solid in opener with 38-18 victory over South Dakota State and will try to avoid stumbling against school from the often tough MAC. Toledo spotted New Hampshire an early 14-3 lead before pulling away to win opener 54-20.

KEY MATCHUP

Missouri defense against Toledo balance. The Rockets piled up 666 total yards in opener - 314 rushing - and did not allow a sack. Toledo surrendered just six sacks all last season, the fewest in the nation.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Missouri: Two new starters set career bests in opener. WR Darius White had 83 yards receiving with TD catches 44 and 39 yards and TB Russell Hansbrough had 20 carries for 126 yards and TD. DE Markus Golden had 10 tackles with three tackles for loss and 1 1-2 sacks in opener, and in last year’s meeting had 70-yard interception return for TD.

Toledo: QB Phillip Ely, a transfer from Alabama, passed for 337 yards and four TDs in debut. Nine players caught at least one pass and Ely was not intercepted.

FACTS & FIGURES

Toledo is 499-410-24 in 94 seasons and coach Matt Campbell is 18-9 in third season. … Missouri won first series meeting 38-23 at home last year, pulling away from one-point lead in third quarter. Toledo had yardage edge 387-384. … Missouri is 5-1 in nonconference road games since 2006, the lone loss in OT at Arizona State in 2011. … Pinkel has four conference divisional titles at Missouri and won three MAC West titles at Toledo and won the MAC championship in 1995. … Toledo is 0-2 vs. the SEC, also losing at Florida last year. Toledo is 7-14 vs. Top 25 but 5-2 at home.