The #24 Missouri Tigers (1-0, 0-0 Away) will visit the Arkansas State Red Wolves (0-1, 0-0 Home) on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Liberty Bank Stadium in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The game will televise at 7 PM ET on ESPN3. The current odds list Missouri as an 11-point favorite with the over/under set at 59.
Missouri is coming in off a 34-3 win over SE Missouri St. Maty Mauk went 12 for 22 for 181 yards. He threw two touchdowns and one interception in the game. Drew Lock went 6 of 10 for 138 yards and a touchdown as well. Ish Witter ran for 33 yards on 13 carries. Russell Hansbrough ran the ball twice for 23 yards and Tyler Hunt added 20 yards on five carries. Their biggest play came on a 78 yard touchdown pass to Tyler Hunt. It was his only catch in the game. The Tigers are 14-2 ATS in their last 16 road games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games vs. a team with a losing record.
Arkansas St is coming in off a 55-6 loss against USC. James Tabary went 7 for 11 with 95 yards while Fredi Knighten completed just 8 passes on 23 attempts for 86 yards and two interceptions. Knighten also ran the ball for 58 yards on 16 carries. Michael Gordon had 55 yards on 12 carries and added one touchdown in the game. Tres Houston led all receivers with 54 yards on two catches and Darion Griswold had 46 yards on two catches. The Red Wolves are 8-1 ATS in their last nine games vs. a team with a winning record and 1-4 ATS in their last five games in September.
My Pick: Missouri -10.5
Neither team looked sharp in their season openers but I will lean towards Missouri. Missouri is the better team and has had success against the Red Wolves in recent years. When their passing game fails, they still have the run game to fall back on. The Red Wolves lack depth and for that reason I will go with the Tigers.