Missouri vs. Connecticut Prediction, Game Preview

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The Missouri Tigers and the Connecticut Huskies meet for the first time in football. We take a look at the game below in the Connecticut vs. Missouri prediction and game preview.

Missouri vs. Connecticut Prediction & Preview

Broadcast

Date: Saturday, September 19
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Network: ESPN

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Why You Need To Care

It’ll be a first for Missouri and Connecticut in football when the two meet this Saturday in Columbia. Both schools have yet to lose a game in 2015. The Tigers, who barely escaped Arkansas State a week ago, have this game with the Huskies before SEC begins with a trip to Kentucky. UConn has beaten Villanova and Army by five points apiece to start 2-0 for the first time since 2008.

Why Connecticut Will Win

The defense, as is often the case in Storrs, is solid and underrated. The Huskies have given up just four touchdowns in two games, while cutting off passing lanes with safeties Andrew Adams and Obi Melifonwu. They’ll be facing a Mizzou team struggling to run the ball, missing RB Russell Hansbrough and about to expand the role of erratic QB Maty Mauk.

Why Missouri Will Win

New UConn QB Bryant Shirreffs has been a stabilizing presence on offense. But he alone won’t be able to move the chains on another quality Tiger D. Missouri is yielding just three yards a play, and the front seven, led by linebackers Kentrell Brothers and Michael Scherer, will easily handle a sub par Husky O-line.

Player Who Matters

Is sophomore Charles Harris the next disruptive edge rusher to come out of Missouri? He’s off to a pretty good start, whipping Arkansas State for 4.5 tackles for loss and a pair of sacks in Week 2. If that Husky front can’t neutralize No. 91, Shirreffs’ efficiency is going to plummet accordingly.

What’s Going To Happen?

Mizzou has work to do before the start of SEC play, particularly on offense. But visiting Connecticut doesn’t figure to present too much of a challenge. Sure, the Tigers will sputter on offense, especially if Mauk tries to force the action. However, the Huskies won’t have enough answers on offense to remain in the hunt by the time the fourth quarter begins.

Missouri vs. Connecticut Score Prediction

Final Score: Missouri 31, Connecticut 13, Line: Missouri -20.5, o/u: 42

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