In one of Week 3’s most underrated matchups, the Arizona State Sun Devils go on the road to face the Missouri Tigers.
The Sun Devils bring an undefeated record to Columbia, looking to beat Missouri two years in a row after winning last year’s matchup in Tempe 37-30.
Last year’s game went into overtime after Missouri missed a field goal to win in regulation. Brock Osweiler and Co. finished the job with an overtime touchdown for the victory.
With Osweiler now in the NFL, the Sun Devils will see what they have in their sophomore quarterback Taylor Kelly, who looked impressive in the Sun Devil’s win against Illinois last week.
On the other sideline, James Franklin will look to lead Missouri to their second win in Columbia this season.
Here's all the info you need to follow Saturday's inter-conference matchup:
When: Saturday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m. ET
Where: Faurot Field, Columbia, MO
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Listen: Arizona State fans can listen at KTAR 620 AM, Missouri fans can tune into any of these stations
Betting Line: Missouri (-7), according to Sports Book
Missouri Injury Report
Wesley Leftwich-WR-FOOD POISONING-OUT INDEFINITELY
Travis Ruth-OL-TRICEP-OUT FOR SEASON
Taylor Chappell-OL-KNEE-OUT FOR SEASON
Henry Josey-RB-KNEE-OUT FOR SEASON
Arizona State Injuries
BCS/Top 25 Poll Implications
Arizona State looks to threaten the Top 25 with a win over one of the new members of the SEC. The Sun Devils’ resume likely won’t be enough to warrant a spot in a week’s time, but winning their premier non-conference matchup would do wonders for their national profile.
Missouri, on the other hand, is in desperate need of a victory after giving up 32 second-half points to Georgia in their first SEC loss.
A Top 25 ranking may not be in the cards following next week’s game, but a win against the Sun Devils could bring momentum to their all-important matchup against No. 9 South Carolina. A national ranking may not be as far away as Missouri fans think.
Missouri Player to Watch: James Franklin, QB
Franklin’s skills as a dual threat will be on full display in Columbia. The Missouri quarterback will be excited to get out of the SEC and feast on Arizona State’s untested defense.
The Sun Devils have yet to face a quarterback like Franklin who has no fear in making a play with his legs. Look no further than his 15 rushing touchdowns last season.
Franklin will also benefit from last weekend’s loss to Georgia, believe it not. They will be a tougher offense to stop overall, while the unfamiliar with hurt ASU
Arizona State Player to Watch: Carlos Mendoza, LB
The Sun Devils may have a freshman sensation in Mendoza, who snagged two interceptions against Illinois last weekend. Not bad for his second college game ever.
Missouri will attempt to spread out the Sun Devil offense, which will call on a ball hawking linebacker like Mendoza to guard in the slot.
Another dominant performance will keep Arizona State in the game, as well as make Mendoza the frontrunner for an All Pac-12 bid.
Key Storyline: Can Missouri Rebound?
The Tigers had a 17-9 lead against Georgia early in the second half before losing out on their first SEC contest. Arizona State won’t go away easy, but the Tiger’s offense has the pieces to have a bounce-back game in front of the home fans.
The Sun Devil’s, though, have been much better than expected thus far, including a blowout of Illinois last weekend. Missouri cannot be complacent now that they have a week away from SEC play.
Prediction: Missouri 37 Arizona State 28