Mizzou vs. Purdue: 5 things to watch | – Connecticut News

Mizzou vs. Purdue: 5 things to watch | – Connecticut News

1. Will the real MU offense please stand up?

Better question: What is the real Missouri offense? Is it the offense that scored 10 touchdowns on 815 yards of offense against Missouri State or the one that managed one TD on 12 possessions against South Carolina? In last week’s 31-13 loss, quarterback Drew Lock threw two interceptions. His receivers dropped five passes. Running back Damarea Crockett was sidelined with an injury. The performance continued a troubling trend for the Tigers, who haven’t been nearly as productive against SEC competition compared to nonconference foes. Maybe they catch a break Saturday. Purdue’s defense has been among the Big Ten’s worst for years.

2. Does MU’s staff shuffle impact defense?

For the first time in the Barry Odom era, Missouri won’t have DeMontie Cross on the gameday staff, but Odom had all but neutered his defensive coordinator’s role last fall when he took away Cross’ play-calling. Odom took on Cross’ role as inside linebackers coach this week, but were five days of practice enough to improve a group that’s been solid but unspectacular?

3. Can Odom repair

special teams?

Odom was embarrassed by last week’s special teams mistakes, and rightfully so after the Tigers surrendered huge chunks of hidden yardage in field position with mistake after mistake in the kicking game. Mizzou isn’t good enough on offense or defense to afford special teams meltdowns. Last week, those miscues came in the form of two penalties on the punt team, a blocked field goal, a muffed punt return and a costly…

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