Edwards likes Missouri -3 vs. Tennessee

Missouri RB Tyler Badie is second in the SEC in rushing yards (417) and tied for first in TDs with eight.

Missouri has won six of its eight home games during Eli Drinkwitz’s two-year tenure. The two losses? The Tigers went down against eventual national champion Alabama but covered the spread in last year’s season opener. The other was against Georgia last season.

Drinkwitz’s team has home wins over Central Michigan and SE Missouri by double-digit margins, but Mizzou came up short in a 35-28 loss at still-unbeaten Kentucky and lost 41-34 in overtime at still-unbeaten Boston College last week. That leaves the Tigers in bounce-back mode here against the Vols, who lost 38-14 at Florida last week and went down at home vs. Pittsburgh in Week 2.

UT has wins over Bowling Green and Tennessee Tech. Vols’ QB Hendon Hooker got banged up and left last week’s game at UF, and he was listed as ‘questionable’ on Wednesday.

Hooker is completing 65.7 percent of his passes with a 7/1 touchdown-to-interception ratio. If the Vols have to start Joe Milton, he’s connecting on just 46.5 percent of his throws. 

I think we have the QB and head-coaching advantages. Missouri’s Connor Bazelak is completing 68.8 percent of his passes for 1,200 yards with a 10/3 TD-INT ratio.

RB Tyler Badie has run for 417 yards and five TDs, averaging 6.3 yards per carry for the Tigers. He’s second in the SEC in rushing yards behind only Kentucky’s Chris Rodriguez.

Badie also has 20 catches for 176 yards and three TDs. His eight total TDs are tied for tops in the SEC with LSU WR Keyshon Boutte.

Tennessee is 1-4 in its last five SEC road assignments, losing by double-digit margins in all four defeats. The lone victory came at Vanderbilt last year when the Commodores went 0-9.

When Missouri entered the SEC in 2012, it won five of the first seven meetings with the Vols both straight up and against the spread. However, UT has won the last two encounters, but that puts the Tigers in double-revenge mode here.

PREDICTION: Missouri -3 vs. Tennessee. (As of Wednesday morning, BetMGM had the Tigers at -2.5.)

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