- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

No. 21 Missouri (1-0) at Arkansas State (0-1), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)

Line: Missouri by 10 ½.

Series Record: Missouri leads 3-0


Two-time defending Southeastern Conference East champion Missouri opened its season in dominating fashion, holding Southeast Missouri State to 191 yards of total offense in a 34-3 win. The Tigers exited the win, however, with questions about a rushing attack that averaged only 2.7 yards per carry - a number they hope to improve upon this week against an Arkansas State team that’s been to four straight bowl games.


Missouri’s offensive line vs. Arkansas State’s front seven. Despite being blown out 55-6 by USC last week, the Red Wolves had five sacks against the Trojans - including 2 ½ by freshman LB Tajhea Chambers. After QB Maty Mauk suffered a late hit to the head in the first half against Southeast Missouri State, the Tigers are likely focused on keeping the junior out of harm’s way.


Missouri: LB Kentrell Brothers. The All-Southeastern Conference senior had a career-high 16 tackles in the season-opening win, a year after finishing fifth in the SEC with an average of 8.6 per game. He had 10 tackles on the first 26 plays by Southeast Missouri State and also added blocked punt.

Arkansas State: WR JD McKissic. The senior was held to five catches for 36 yards in the opening loss, but he’s one of the Red Wolves’ most electric playmakers - finishing with 82 catches two seasons ago and 52 more a year ago while battling injury.


Missouri hasn’t lost a true road game since losing at Texas A&M; on Nov. 24, 2012, a stretch of 10 straight games … The Tigers have lost the last two SEC championship games at the neutral site of the Georgia Dome … Arkansas State has won seven or more games in each of the last four seasons … Red Wolves’ senior RB Michael Gordon rushed for 1,100 yards and 13 touchdowns last season … Arkansas State had 402 yards of total offense against USC but was hampered by four turnovers.

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