Missouri vs. Nevada Preview

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Missouri (3-0) at Nevada (0-2), 6 p.m. Friday
Line: Missouri by 7
Series Record: Missouri leads 1-0
Last Meeting: 2008, Missouri won 69-17 at home

What's at Stake

Missouri is trying to complete unbeaten non-conference slate for
fourth straight season heading into Big 12 opener Oct. 8 against Nebraska, facing school that has made four straight bowl appearances. Tigers had school-record 519 passing yards in last
year's blowout at home. Nevada coming off pair of losses entering home opener, falling 35-20 at Colorado State last week and 35-0 at Notre Dame, and is minus-8 in turnover margin.

Key Matchup

Missouri defense vs. Nevada offense. Tigers have been fairly impressive under new coordinator Dave Steckel against mostly inferior competition, allowing 13.7 points per game. Nevada was scoreless for nearly 93 minutes before finally getting offense untracked in third quarter last week. Wolf Pack committed five turnovers leading to 28 points.

Players to Watch

Missouri: Blaine Gabbert leads Big 12 with QB efficiency rating of 166.10. WR Danario Alexander caught two TD passes and threw for
third last week vs. Furman. WR Jared Perry had career highs with seven receptions, 161 yards with two TDs last week. DE Aldon Smith leads team with two sacks, four tackles for loss and two pass
breakups.

Nevada: RB Vai Tuau had 95 yards rushing with two TDs last week. WR Brandon Wimberly caught seven passes for 104 yards and 13-yard
TD. QB Colin Kaepernick held to 24 rushing yards, 251 passing yards, most coming late. RB Luke Lippincott has 2,032 career rushing yards. Mike Ball averaging 32.8 yards on kickoff returns, going 48 and 50 yards last week.


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