Week One, let’s do this.
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Missouri-Central Michigan football: Time, Location
TIME: 3:00 p.m. CT
DATE: Saturday, September 4, 2021
LOCATION: Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium Stadium; Columbia, MO
Missouri-Central Michigan football: Follow the game, TV Channel
TELEVISION: SEC Network
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Missouri-Central Michigan football: Betting odds, predictions
As of Friday evening, Missouri is a 14-point favorite over CMU, according to VegasInsider.com. The total points (over/under) is 60.5.
Nate Edwards: I think Mizzou wins 31-21 so I’ll take the points and since 31+21=52 I’m taking the under.
I don’t think Bazelak will be super impressive but more in line of last year’s “68% completion rate, 5.6 yards per attempt” safety net. I’d expect/hope Badie and Young go off for 150 combined rushing yards while Trajan Jeffcoat and Isaiah McGuire combine for 3 TFLs and 2 sacks.
Brandon Kiley: I’ll take the Tigers minus the points and the under. I think Mizzou will win this game by a final score of 34-20.
Connor Bazelak finishes the day with an efficient 220 yards through the air, Badie and Young give Tigers fans plenty of reasons for optimism in the ground game moving forward and the defense comes up with a couple turnovers to put the offense in advantageous situations to score.
The game ball goes to Trajan Jeffcoat as he picks up right where he left off with two sacks including a strip-sack that gives the Tigers the ball in Central Michigan territory.
Josh Matejka: I’m certainly taking the under on this game, probably around the tune of 31-17. It may take them a few quarters to really get off the ground, but I do think Missouri has a big enough talent advantage to eventually run away from the Chips.
Aaron Dryden: I’ll take the over. I think points will be scored by both teams, and that the first half is going to be closer than many expect. Wouldn’t surprise me if this game is somewhat similar to the Missouri State opener a few years ago. Hopefully not to the point to where we need 70 points to win, but I think this game has a bit of shoot out potential early.
-13 is a nice line. I think the good guys cover, but barely. CMU is going to be up to the challenge, but Missouri is just the better team. 48-34, Tigers.
Kortay Vincent: I will take the Tigers -13, and I think the total will go under. I see this as a 31-10 game, and that it won’t even be that close. With Central Michigan’s star RB out with injury, I think the Tigers are going to be able to shut down the CMU run game, and Steve Wilks’ new zone-heavy defense will thwart any attempts by the Chippewas’ aerial attack.
If there’s someone I think that’s going to make a splash in this game, I’m going to pick Allie Green IV. With Wilks’ defense putting a heavy emphasis on turnovers, I think the former Thorpe Award semi-finalist will snag a pick in his Faurot Field debut.
Parker Gillam: I’ll take the over on that -13, give me Mizzou 35-17. Central Michigan will hang in there but will not have the offensive firepower to score enough points in the second half. As for who will make a splash, with some skill positions guys still dinged up and returning from injury, give me Mr. Fall Camp in wide receiver Chance Luper. I can see him going for 90+ yards and a touchdown, showing that he will be one of the main pieces on this offense in 2021.
Karen Steger: I never understand this betting stuff no matter how often someone explains it to me. Will Mizzou win by 13? Sure. Will the score total 59.5? I’ll take the under, barely, I guess, and call it 38-21 with nice games from some of the transfers, Blaze and the Tulsa Duo (the latter of whom will earn their starting roles). I’ve also decided that, in my “expert” opinion, returner Tauskie Dove is going to have a great game because 1) he has a cool name, and 2) because he hails from the same city (Denton, TX) as one of my favorite former Tigers, Larry Budweiser Sasser. Oh, and my guy Tyler Badie will also have a great game.
If y’all want better, more concise predictions, read literally any of the other writers’ words on this.
Sammy Stava: This one might be interesting for a little while, but when it’s all said and done, Mizzou will come away with a 31-14 victory to cover the spread but miss on the over. We’ll go with the man pictured here to have a big game as Tyler Badie will have two rushing touchdowns on the day.
Levi Hutmacher: I got Mizzou winning this one 34 – 14.
CMU is missing one of their best offensive player makers in running back Kobe Lewis, so I don’t see where much else of their production will come from. Now, I don’t follow CMU but I am basing off last season’s performances.
I think Mizzou has too much firepower on the offensive side for CMU to handle and the defensive line should hold the running game in check. I will say Mizzou gets two turnovers and Badie has a big game.
Ryan Faller: I’ll take Mizzou, 42-20.
I really wanna see the O-line lean on this CMU front seven, but I also selfishly would love getting a glimpse of what the future holds on the outside. As of late Thursday, Mookie Cooper is still questionable, but what about Dominic Lovett? He’s listed as the backup to Tauskie Dove, but I could see him catching a bomb over the top to confirm everything we’ve heard about his speed the last few weeks.
Same goes for Chance Luper, who Drinkwitz said a week ago was performing the best of any receiver in preseason camp. Hell, what about JJ Hester, the forgotten four-star?
If nothing else, it could give Kentucky something to think about next week.
Other Games to Watch
- 11am, 2. Oklahoma vs Tulane — ABC
- 11am 19. Penn State vs 12. Wisconsin — FOX
- 1pm, Fresno State vs 11. Oregon — Pac12
- 2:30pm, 1. Alabama vs 14. Miami — ABC
- 2:30pm, Miami (OH) vs 8. Cincinnati — ESPN+
- 2:30pm, 17. Indiana vs 18. Iowa — BTN
- 3:30pm, Northern Iowa vs 7. Iowa State — ESPN+
- 3:30pm, 23. Louisiana vs 21. Texas — FOX
- 4pm, San Jose State vs 15. USC — Pac12
- 6:30pm, 5. Georgia vs 3. Clemson — ABC
- 6:30pm, Florida Atlantic vs 13. Florida — SECN
- 7pm, Kent State vs 6. Texas A&M — ESPNU
- 7pm, Montana vs 20. Washington — Pac12
- 7:30pm, 16. LSU vs UCLA — FOX
- 11am, UL Monroe vs Kentucky — SECN
- 1pm, Rice vs Arkansas — ESPN+
- 3pm, Louisiana Tech vs Mississippi State — ESPNU
- 6pm, Akron vs Auburn — ESPN+
- 6pm, Eastern Illinois vs South Carolina — ESPN+
- 7pm, East Tennessee State vs Vanderbilt — ESPN+
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