Saturday, October 21, 2017

Missouri at Texas A&M

Missouri's offense faces a big question when it takes on an underrated Texas A&M defense in Week 7.

Missouri offense vs. Texas A&M defense
• Missouri's spread sets flood zone defense and creates favorable matchups against man coverage when the Tigers put the ball in the air. QB Blaine Gabbert makes accurate pre-snap reads and gets the ball out quickly, and plays behind an offensive line that has provided sound pass protection for the most part. Texas A&M has recorded just eight sacks this season but it won't be about getting Gabbert on the ground as much as disrupting his rhythm, and Aggies defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter brings pressure from all three levels and varies coverages. The key is pre-snap movement that masks the coverage and could force Gabbert to hold the ball longer or make a mistake in his reads. It will also keep standout Tigers C Tim Barnes and the offensive line on its toes trying to identify blitzers and where they're coming from. In addition, hybrid DE/OLBs Von Miller and Damontre Moore are explosive edge rushers with above-average closing speed and they will give Missouri OTs Elvis Fisher and Dan Hoch all they can handle.