The Missouri Tigers take to the road for the first time this season as they meet the Indiana Hoosiers in Bloomington on Saturday night. Kickoff in this SEC vs Big Ten showdown is set for 8:00pm ET at Memorial Stadium; the game will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network. Early NCAA College Football Odds from offshore bookmaker 5Dimes have the Tigers listed as a -3 against the spread road favorite; the Over/Under is set at 71 points. Indiana is drawing +130 money line odds ($100 wins $130) to win its third game of the season.
The Hoosiers were supposed to be an improved team this season and through three games those preseason prognostications have proven true. Indiana destroyed FCS Indiana State 73-35 in its opener and it recovered from an upset loss to Navy with a double digit thrashing of Bowling Green last Saturday.
After the Hoosiers poor defensive showing against the Midshipmen (Navy racked up 515 total yards, 27 first downs, and averaged 6.3 yards per carry on 70 rush attempts) many had the Falcons pegged as a potential upset winner over the weekend. Indiana wasted no time heaping dirt on that projection as it jumped out to a 21-10 first half lead.
The Hoosiers would go on to post 42 points and 601 total yards in under 25 minutes of possession, making a good Bowling Green defense look nothing short of helpless.
Despite Indiana's prolific offensive production, it is drawing home underdog status against Gary Pinkel's Tigers. Mizzou does represent the Hoosiers most difficult opponent to date and the Navy result has, no doubt, played a role in this line.
Like the Middies, the Tigers should find success against Indiana's mediocre defensive unit (59th in the FBS in yards per play allowed). The question is how much success will they need to have in order to overcome the Hoosiers offense.
Missouri, which enters this game with a 2-0 record and off a bye, held a decent Toledo offense in check two weeks ago in Columbia, but it needed three interceptions in order to secure a 38-23 victory over the Rockets. That would suggest James Franklin and company will need to bring their 'A' game to Bloomington if they are to advance to 3-0 on the season.
Notable Trend: The Over is 7-1-2 in the Hoosiers last 10 games as a home underdog with a total of 54.5 or more points. Indiana was 0-10 straight up and 5-4-1 against the spread in those same 10 games, losing by an average of 13 points per contest.
NCAA College Football Odds Missouri vs Indiana:
Missouri Tigers -3 (-105), Over 71 (-110), -150 (Moneyline)
Indiana Hoosiers +3 (-115), Under 71 (-110), +130 (Moneyline)
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