The Tennessee Volunteers will travel to Columbia, MO this Saturday to take on #10 Missouri.
Missouri is coming off their first loss of the season, an overtime loss at the hands of South Carolina.
Here’s what Missouri’s head coach Gary Pinkel had to say on Monday about his team’s matchup with the Vols.
Pinkel: I see a good football team. They beat South Carolina two weeks ago, and they played a great Alabama team this past week. I see a team that will play both of their quarterbacks. Their running backs are good, and their offensive line is good. They have young receivers, but are athletic. Their defense runs well and they have a great linebacker and an athletic secondary. That is the great thing about this league (the SEC). Every week we can play a great football team and we are excited about doing that.
When the season started, very few folks (if any) predicted that Missouri would be a top ten team for their meeting with Tennessee, but that’s exactly where they find themselves.
The Vols haven’t been very good on the road lately. They haven’t beat an SEC team on the road since winning at Vanderbilt in 2010.
Tennessee is capable of beating Missouri, but they’ll have to quickly put their blowout loss to Alabama in the rear view mirror.
The Vols’ win over South Carolina a couple of weeks ago virtually guarantees that Missouri won’t be overlooking them. Especially considering that South Carolina is the team that handed Missouri their first loss of the season.
If the Vols have any advantage, it lies in the fact that there’s very little film on true freshman quarterback Josh Dobbs.
Of course that advantage hinges on Josh Dobbs being the starter against Missouri.
I wouldn’t expect to hear that decision before Wednesday at the earliest.
Tennessee and Missouri kick off on Saturday at 7:00 pm ET on ESPN.