Missouri and Idaho meet in Columbia for an out-of-conference matchup on Saturday, October 21, 2017.
The Tigers will look to bounce back from a blowout loss against Georgia, when the Bulldog offense had their way against an overmatched Tiger defense. Fortunately, they’ll get a week Idaho team on Missouri’s homecoming.
Missouri-Idaho football score: Live updates, stats
Q1: Missouri 0, Idaho 0
Missouri-Idaho football: Time, TV Channel, live stream information
Time: The Missouri-Idaho football game will kickoff at 11:00 am CT on the SEC Network.
TV Channel: Missouri-Idaho football will air on the SEC Network.
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Live stream: You can watch the Missouri-Idaho football game on WatchESPN.
Missouri-Idaho football odds, picks, preview
Odds: Missouri is a 14-point favorite against Idaho.
1. Can Mizzou get an easy win?
Make no mistake: if Missouri loses this game, the Tigers are going to be looking for a new coach this offseason. The Tigers are heavily favored, so if Barry Odom wants to keep his job into 2018 (he does), then it would behoove him to have the Tigers come out and dominate a team that they should be much better than. The last time Mizzou was in this situation — against Missouri State in the season opener — they came out and looked awful (on defense). That can’t happen again here.
2. Can the Missouri offense put together a third strong performance in a row?
For the first time in seemingly forever, the Missouri offense looked good in consecutive weeks. Drew Lock did what he does best: sling the ball downfield, and he looks as if he’s finally found someone who can reliably go and get it in Emanuel Hall. So needless to say, the Mizzou offense can and should continue to look good against Idaho. There is no good reason why the Tigers can’t hang 40-plus on the Vandals.
3. Is this the week Larry Rountree breaks out?
Damarea Crockett suffered a shoulder injury against Georgia last week, and is likely to be limited on Saturday. In his stead, there are two likely options: senior Ish Witter and freshman Larry Rountree. Although Witter had an excellent game against Kentucky, Rountree has seen increased playing time as the season has gone along, and this could be his first opportunity to serve as the featured back. Witter is a good player, no doubt, but Missouri needs to be building for the future right now, and as a senior, he will not be a part of that. Rountree, on the other hand, will, and it would be a good sign to see him step up and show he’s capable of handling increased carries.