The Missouri Tigers, who lost to the Tennessee Volunteers, will return home at 6:30 p.m. Saturday to take on the New Mexico State Aggies.
The Tigers (4-6, 2-5 in SEC) lost to the Volunteers 66-24 last week, bringing them close to missing a bowl game. To reach one, the Tigers must beat the Aggies on Saturday and defeat Arkansas in the season finale.
New Mexico State (4-5) offers the Tigers a chance to set the stage for a convincing final with Arkansas. The Aggies play as an FBS independent. But next season, the Aggies will join Conference USA.
Here are the predictions for Saturday’s game from the staff at Mizzou Sports Talk.
Collier Logan, Staff Writer: The Tigers were beaten against Tennessee and they’re going to try to get back at anyone. Unfortunately for New Mexico State, the Tigers will be firing at home, and wide receiver Dominic Lovett should be having a big day. Missouri 31, State of New Mexico 14
Zack Dimmitt, Staff Writer: The Tigers are a better team than their record suggests. And on Senior Day in Columbia, Mizzou – behind an elite defense – grabs his first blowout win since the season opener to get one step closer to bowl eligibility. Mizzou 41, State of New Mexico 16
Matthew Postins, staff writer: So Mizzou should win this game. But the Aggies have vastly improved defense, and given how offensively the Tigers have been challenged all season, I could imagine the Aggies making this game tight for money. Don’t expect this to be decided until late. Missouri 27, State of New Mexico 24
Cole Thompson, Staff Writer: Missouri needs two wins to qualify for the 2022 Bowl. The Tigers are getting one behind with a solid defensive performance against the Aggies at home. Missouri 31, State of New Mexico 3
Connor Zimmerlee, Editor: The Missouri offense finally revived with a loss to Tennessee last weekend, which bodes well for the end of the season. Now two wins away from bowl qualification, New Mexico State is the first team on the road to that goal. I think Missouri will put on dominant performances on both sides of the ball to secure their fifth win of the season. Missouri 42, State of New Mexico 20
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