We can make it two in a row for my BWGOTW predictions. Last week, the northwestern corner of Ohio bested the northeastern corner, as Toledo rolled over Akron.
This week, the game I’m highlighting will be on the east coast, as the SEC and the American collide. #82 UConn is playing host this week to #94 Missouri in our 9th edition of the Best Worst Game Of The Week.
Remember waaaaaay back in Week One, when we highlighted Missouri quarterback Drew Lock (above) as a potential sleeper Heisman candidate for throwing for over 520 yards and 7 touchdowns? Well, he’s still having himself a solid, though not close to Heisman-caliber, season. On the year, Lock has 23 passing touchdowns against 8 interceptions with 2,200 yards. The catch? Just like that Week One rout, his completion percentage, which is currently sitting at 55%. Interestingly enough, he kept the Tigers in the game against a surprising Kentucky squad, and he managed to have himself a good game against Georgia.
Missouri’s Achilles heel this season has been their defense, which is 112th in the country in yards allowed (467 yards per game). It’s not like their awful defensive statistics are inflated by games against reputable teams, like Georgia, Kentucky and Auburn, either. While Mizzou has seen some good teams, they got their asses kicked by the likes of Purdue (35-3) and South Carolina (31-13) on their own field.
But, do you want to know what’s worse than being 112th in total yards allowed?
Being 127th in total yards allowed. That, my friends, is where UConn is sitting.
Somehow, some way, the Huskies are a modest 3-4 despite allowing opponents an average of 535 yards per game. I don’t know how that even happens, to be totally honest with you.
I don’t know how a team can possibly keep pace three times in a season when they give up that many yards. I also don’t know how they can do it when they lost 11 turnovers in those games. Despite this, their offense isn’t terrible. While they’re led by senior quarterback Bryat Shirreffs, it’s freshman running back Nate Hopkins (below) who has turned heads, with his 7 touchdowns in as many games (though, three of them came against Holy Cross in their first game).
If you like defense, this is not the game for you. Ultimately, UConn simply can’t do anything right on the defensive side of the ball. As a team that gives up 373 passing yards per game, Lock is going to eat them for breakfast. I’m going with Mizzou by 17.
This game is going to be on Saturday at 6:30 pm. You can watch it on CBS Sports Network. If you want to check out Storrs, Connecticut and UConn’s beautiful campus, tickets are still available starting at $19.
Cover photo from Hartford Courant Store.
Other media from HERO Sports, CTPost.