West Virginia at Missouri NCAA Football Picks & Predictions 9/7/2019
Saturday, September 7, 2019
Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field
Memorial Stadium is the venue where Kelly Bryant and the Missouri Tigers will play the West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday. Missouri opens this matchup as 11-point favorites. The total is set at 65.
The last time they took the field, the West Virginia Mountaineers faced the James Madison Dukes and were on the winning end of this game by a score of 20-13. Martell Pettaway led the team in rushing in this game. His longest run of the day went for 5 yards but he wasn't able to rush for a TD on this day. He rushed for a total of 20 yards by way of 9 carries which meant he was running for 2.2 yards per carry. Tevin Bush led the team in receiving yardage by earning 74 yards on 4 catches. He had an average of 18.5 yards per reception in this game. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Mountaineers was Austin Kendall who went 27/42 with 260 yards via the pass and threw 2 TD's. He finished this contest without throwing a pick.
The Mountaineers head into this game 1-0 for this year. They are one of lowest scoring teams in the nation with an average of 20 points per contest, putting them 102nd in Division 1. As a team, they are averaging 34 rushing yards per game which is 10th in the conference. For total yardage, they are currently ranked 10th in the conference and 106th in Division 1 with 294 yards. When it comes to getting in the endzone, the Mountaineers have compiled a total of 2 passing touchdowns and 0 rushing touchdowns. They are a low scoring offensive team in the Big 12 Conference and they will have to really have a good night if they want to have a good offensive game.
The Mountaineers have one of the top tier defenses in the country allowing 13 points per game, which has them at 3rd in the Big 12 and 32nd in college football. When talking about yards rushing, West Virginia is allowing 172 yards per game ranking them 9th in the Big 12 and 91st in the country. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 3.6 yards per carry which has them at 5th in the conference and 68th in the nation overall. Overall, they have conceded 172 rushing yards through 1 game. When it comes to yards through the air, the Mountaineers have conceded 260 yards. Opponents are completing 65% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 7.8 yards per attempt. They have allowed 0 passing touchdowns and 1 rushing touchdown.
In their last game, the Missouri Tigers took on the Wyoming Cowboys and were on the losing end of this game by a score of 37-31. Tyler Badie led the team in rushing in this contest. He broke a long run for 13 yards and he added 1 TD for this outing. He ran for a total of 53 yards by way of 16 carries which had him averaging 3.3 yards per run. Albert Okwuegbunam led the team in receiving yardage with a total of 72 yards on 3 receptions. He notched an average of 24.0 yards per reception in this contest. Running the show from under center for the Tigers was Kelly Bryant who went 31/48 with 423 yards by way of passing and added 2 TD's. He walked away with 1 pick in this game.
The Tigers step onto the field holding a record of 0-1. Missouri hasn't done much to make teams fear their rushing game by averaging 114 yards per contest, which has them at 90th in college football. As a unit, they have a total of 114 rushing yards through 1 game, so they are going to want to make some changes to the ground game if they want to make teams respect them. The Tigers average 537 yards per game overall putting them 22nd in D-1 and 1st in the conference. When looking at their ability to score points, the Tigers sit in 6th in the Southeastern Conference and 66th out of all the teams in the nation averaging 31 points per contest.
The Tigers are giving up 37 points per game ranking them 13th in the conference and 106th in D-1. When talking about points allowed, they have allowed 37 total points. In regard to yards rushing, they are conceding 297 yards per game ranking them 125th in the country and 13th in the Southeastern Conference. For this season, they have conceded 297 yards on the ground and 3 rushing TDs. Their passing defense is one of the most dominate units in the nation. They are allowing 92 passing yards per contest. For passing yards allowed per game, the Tigers are ranked 2nd in the conference. They have allowed 0 passing TDs in 2019.
Who will win tonight's Mountaineers/Tigers college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Mountaineers +11
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