A full month-and-a-half into the 2010 season, and the #19 and undefeated Missouri Tigers will be playing their first road game of the year today, when they travel to College Station, Texas, to take on the Texas A&M Aggies. Kickoff for the game, which will be televised live on FOX Sports Net, is set for 11:10 a.m.
Mizzou has surged to season-high national rankings in both polls, thanks to its 5-0 start which saw the Tigers claim a 26-0 shutout win over Colorado last Saturday.
Texas A&M is looking to break a two-game losing streak, after they began the year 3-0.
Don’t be fooled by the Aggies’ record, however, this is a very talented team that has lost each of the last two weeks away from home against ranked teams by 10 total points (lost by 3 at Oklahoma State, lost by 7 in a neutral-site game to Arkansas).
Texas A&M is 3-0 at home so far in 2010, defeating Stephen F. Austin, Louisiana Tech and Florida International.
Due to a scheduling oddity, today’s game will represent the first road game of the year for the Tigers. After opening the season with a neutral-site game in St. Louis, each of the next four games took place in the friendly confines of Mizzou’s Memorial Stadium/Faurot field, where the Tigers have now won 27 of their last 32 games.
As Head Coach Gary Pinkel’s program has taken roots over the last several years, his team has learned how to win on the road. Mizzou has earned three road wins each year in the last three seasons, and has an overall record of 9-3 in road games since 2007. In fact, all three losses during that string came to the hands of ranked teams.
Entering this week’s games, Mizzou stands as one of 13 undefeated teams left standing. Seven teams entered the week at a perfect 6-0, with another six touting 5-0 marks. Four of the unbeaten hail from the Big 12 Conference, with Nebraska, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State also checking in at an unblemished 5-0.
Mizzou will take the field toting one of the more productive and stingy defenses in the nation, as MU ranks 3rd nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 11.20 points per game.
They’ll be challenged by an A&M offense, led by dynamic QB Jerrod Johnson, which ranks 15th in total offense. Mizzou’s defense ranks 7th-best nationally in pass efficiency, while A&M is 11th in passing yards.
As a team continues winning, the games continue to get bigger and bigger. A win by MU at Texas A&M would give the Tigers just the 4th 6-0 start to a season in the last 50 years, and only the 5th alltime in program history.
Mizzou will look to continue its perfect start to the 2010 season and improve on its 5-0 record Saturday at Texas A&M. Thanks to MU’s 26-0 shutout win last Saturday over Colorado, the Tigers secured a 5-0 start for the 4th time in the last five years (2006, 2007, 2008, 2010).