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The McNeese Breakdown E-mail
Written by Slim   
Friday, 10 September 2010 11:39

Maybe this isn't necessary this week, but here it is...

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Kenji Jackson (13) and the Tigers should run away with this one. (Photo from the Kansas City Star)

When Missouri throws the ball: Advantage Missouri

The Mizzou offense started to click in the second half last week.  It shouldn't take them nearly that long this week against a McNeese State defense that allowed 426 yards passing to Lamar last week.  McNeese recruits heavily out of Texas and has some good athletes, but don't expect the Cowboys to hang around for long.  I think we'll see a good dose of James Franklin in the second half.

When Missouri runs the ball: Advantage Missouri

I heard McNeese State's play-by-play announcer say on the radio that the Cowboys' best defensive lineman weights 250 pounds.  I'm sorry, but linemen weighing in at 250 isn't going to hold up for long against the Missouri offensive line.  McNeese State's coach said he's worried about being overpowered by Mizzou.  If Mizzou chooses to run the ball, they'll be able to.

When McNeese State throws the ball: Advantage Missouri

The Cowboys' offensive star is their quarterback Jacob Bower.  He's a 25 year-old senior who transferred from BYU and went on his Mormon mission.  However, Missouri's secondary looks improved.  I've talked to several Tiger players this week who sound extremely confident in their defense.  Not only does the secondary look better, but McNeese gave up five sacks last week.  Mizzou will be pressuring Bower all day and force him into throws he doesn't want to make.

When McNeese State runs the ball: Advantage Missouri

Missouri did a pretty good job shutting down Illinois rushing attack last week.  Illinois ground game is much better than McNeese's.  Based on that logic, I'll give the edge here to Missouri.

Special teams: Advantage Missouri

I'd be lying if I said I know anything about McNeese State's special teams unit.  Let's hope Grant Ressel gets back on track this week, if given the opportunity.  I'm also looking forward to seeing true freshmen Marcus Murphy get his chance at kick returner with Jasper Simmons out.

Coaching: Advantage Missouri

Gary Pinkel's Tigers have gone 7-1 in their last eight home openers, including four straight wins.  Mizzou is 9-0 all time against FCS teams.  Gary Pinkel is 6-0 against FCS teams at Mizzou, winning by an average of 44-7.  Missouri beat last year's FCS opponent Furman, 52-12.  Look for this game to be somewhere in that neighborhood.

Intangibles: Advantage Missouri

It's Mizzou's home opener against an inferior opponent.  That should be all the intangibles they need.

The prediction: Mizzou wins 49-10

McNeese is one of the better FCS teams.  However, if they gave up 430 yards passing against Lamar, it's scary to think what Missouri could do against them.  Offensively, the Cowboys gave up five sacks last week.  I think it's safe to say Mizzou's pass rush is a bit better than Lamar's.  I don't see Bower having enough time in the pocket to move the ball effectively.  Throw in the fact that it's Mizzou's home opener and the late start time and I don't see McNeese going North Dakota State on the Tigers.



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