September 11, 2008

Three Tiger keys to victory

Each week during the season PowerMizzou.com will break down the upcoming Tiger game from every possible angle. Each Thursday, we will identify three keys to victory for Mizzou on the upcoming Saturday. Today, we take a look at the major factors heading into Saturday's contest against Nevada:

Maintain the Balance
Missouri is one of only two teams in the country to rank among the top 20 in both passing offense and rushing offense. Last week, Nevada did a good job controlling Texas Tech's passing game and because of that, had a shot in the second half. What the Red Raiders don't have that the Tigers do is a dangerous running back.

Pick up the Blitz

Chase Daniel said on Monday that the Wolfpack was doing a good job disguising blitzes and bringing pressure from all different angles against Tech. The Missouri offensive line has been very good, but no one has really sent a ton of pressure. It seemed both Illinois and SEMO tried to drop back and cover Mizzou's receivers. It would seem that Nevada is more likely to come after Daniel and try to disrupt his rhythm. If the Tiger linemen can pick up the blitz, Daniel will make Nevada pay.

Come out Sharp

Missouri had what amounted to a scrimmage last week. Everyone knew SEMO had no chance to win the game--players included. The Tiger starters were out of the game in the second quarter and even those that were in probably didn't bring quite the same level of focus as they did for Illinois. Now, Nevada isn't a top 25 team, but they're a team that can pull an upset on the right day. The best way for that to happen is for Missouri to come out lethargic and spot the Pack a lead.

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