1. Mizzou leads the SEC in sacks with 38 and Blake Sims leads the SEC in passer rating? Does Mizzou’s pass rush drastically change Lane Kiffin’s game-plan and what will give?
This is perhaps the most important facet to this game. It’s a great match-up because it challenges the play design of Kiffin. Sims has had a great year but I still stand firm in that I think he’s first read QB. For that reason, I’m looking for quick passes that gets the ball out of his hands. One of the biggest strengths to Bama’s offense is the long-ball and the Mizzou pass rush has the talent to neutralize the play-action, 5-step drop opportunities. Will Kiffin go to the RB screen game? If the Mizzou pass rush can force Bama into a quick throw and run-heavy game-plan, they could keep this one a close game going into the 4th quarter.
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