Reason No. 3: The Missouri football team has threatening playmakers on both sides of the ball
Beyond the more intangible parts of this matchup, the Missouri football team has some of the most threatening playmakers in the conference. They’ll likely be overlooked on a middling SEC team, but these guys are no joke.
Offensively, the first player you’ll notice is quarterback Connor Bazelak, who is putting together a really solid year. The Tiger quarterback has thrown for 12 touchdowns and just five interceptions, standing at 17th in the country with 1,690 passing yards per game. He’s not a threat on the ground, but he’s a consistent passer.
That said, Bazelak started his 2020 year strong and trailed off. It may be too early to say that the same is happening this year, but he hasn’t been quite as explosive in the past couple of games.
That said, the Tigers have another offensive playmaker who will make the Aggies’ job difficult in runningback Tyler Badie, who is among the nation’s leaders in yards and touchdowns. Badie has rushed for 667 yards and has reached the endzone eight times on the year, proving that he can be a huge threat for this offense.
He’s also a huge threat in the passing offense, accumulating over 200 yards and four touchdowns through the air. A&M will have to contain Badie if they want to limit Mizzou’s offense.
If they can’t do so, the Tigers could make Texas A&M pay, which could eventually lead to an upset. These players are just another reason why this could be a trap game.