Former League Rivals Clash
Since officially moving to the SEC from the Big 12 in 2012, the Missouri Tigers and the Kansas State Wildcats haven’t renewed their rivalry. They will meet in Kansas for the first time since 2011 on Saturday in Week 2.
Both teams come off impressive wins at home against teams outside of the Power 5 conferences. The Tigers routed the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 52-24 while the Wildcats beat up on the South Dakota Coyotes, 32-0.
Both teams’ defenses played well as the Wildcats’ defense put up a donut and the Tigers forced three interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.
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Missouri Finds Some Offense
After a slow start for Missouri’s offense that featured a scoreless first quarter, the Tigers scored five touchdowns in the next three. The defense kept the team in the game at the start, but the offense closed it, leading to an easy win.
Starting quarterback Brady Cook played solid, completing 18 of 27 passes for 201 yards with a touchdown. However, the star of the game was five-star freshman Luther Burden, who had three rushes and receptions for a total of 43 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns.
Wide receiver Dominic Lovett also looked impressive with six catches of his own for 76 yards and an 18-yard rush.
The offense’s focal point was mainly through the run game, as running backs, Cody Schrader and Nathaniel Peat combined for 25 rushes, 142 yards and two touchdowns. Cook also added 61 yards and a touchdown for an impressive day on the ground.
Kansas State Rides Ground Game
Before the season started, Deuce Vaughn was projected to be the star of the offense, and he has gotten off to a hot start. Through one game, that prediction is trending in the right direction.
Vaughn ended the game with 18 carries for 128 yards and a touchdown, with his longest rush for 39 yards. After an exceptional sophomore year where he totaled over 1,800 scrimmage yards, his junior season is off to an excellent start.
Deuce Vaughn TD vs South Dakota
Some Really good blocking on the outside pic.twitter.com/HkSJLAENAx
— Clint The K-State Fan (@Thekstatefan2) September 6, 2022
He was not the only one to contribute in the run game, as all of the Kansas State touchdowns came on the ground and the Wildcats combined for 297 yards. Quarterback Adrian Martinez, who only completed 11 passes for 53 yards, ran for 39 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Wide receiver Malik Knowles took one 75 yards to the house on the game’s first play.
The Wildcats’ defense also looked impressive, allowing 270 total yards. They ended with four sacks, one coming from Felix Anudike-Uzomah, who had 11 last season.
Missouri vs Kansas State Injury Report
Each team comes into their meeting reasonably healthy. Missouri has four names listed as questionable before the game, but none have been critical parts of the roster. Kansas State did lose left tackle Taylor Poitier for the season with an ACL injury. They have two other players listed as questionable.
Missouri vs Kansas State Head-to-Head
While both teams were in the Big 12 together, the sides faced each other frequently. They have met 97 times, with Missouri winning 60. The previous time they played was in 2011, which was a 24-17 victory for Kansas State that ended a five-game losing streak in the series.
Missouri vs Kansas State Game Information
- Game: Missouri vs Kansas State
- Location: Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, KS
- Day/Time: Saturday, Sept. 10, Noon ET
- Missouri vs Kansas State Live Stream: ESPN
Missouri vs Kansas State Betting Lines
|Missouri||+7 -110||56½ -110o|
|Kansas State||-7 -110||56½ -110u|
Missouri vs Kansas State Prediction
The Missouri Tigers and Kansas State Wildcats come into their matchup off solid wins. Each team’s defense and running game looked good and played a crucial part in their victory, which may lead to a low-scoring affair. The Wildcats do have the possible star of the game in Vaughn, which should give them the edge in what may be a close game.