Missouri sophomore quarterback Brad Smith is expected to start on Saturday against Eastern Illinois. At his weekly press conference, Gary Pinkel didn’t say whether or not Smith will start, but did indicate that he doesn’t expect the depth chart for Saturday’s game to be any different than it was for last Saturday’s win over Ball State. Smith suffered the concussion near the end of the first half on Saturday. He left the game with 112 yards passing and 122 yards rushing and a touchdown. The Tigers enter Saturday’s game a little closer to breaking the AP Top 25. In this week’s poll they checked in at 27th and they’re 32nd in the coaches’ poll. Mizzou’s opponent will be Eastern Illinois, who come to Columbia ranked 14th and 15th in Division I-AA, in two polls. The Panthers went to the I-AA playoffs last year. This will be the two schools first meeting.
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