Alabama vs Missouri: TV Schedule, Radio, Game Time and More

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IOctober 9, 2012

Sep 15, 2012; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban looks on during the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Alabama defeated Arkansas 52-0. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE
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No.1 Alabama will knock off the dust following a bye week as they travel to Missouri for a little football contest against the Tigers. This is terrible news for Missouri. 

The Crimson Tide defense is suffocating under any circumstance, but give Nick Saban an extra week to get his well-rested players in tune with the game plan, and it is enough to give opposing offensive coordinators reason to walk away from coaching. 

The Tigers will be looking to pull off this poll-rattling upset after a 3-3 start, but they are a season-dooming 0-3 in SEC play.

While Alabama poses a frightening task for the Missouri, it also presents an enormous opportunity. 

The Tigers entire season will look different if they can manage to pull off this upset.

Faurot Field, in Columbia, Missouri 

When: Saturday, October 13 at 3:30 p.m. ET

Watch: CBS

Listen: Live audio stream can be found on Alabama's website

Betting Line: Alabama -21 (according to Bet Online on Oct. 8)

Key Storyline: Can Alabama continue complete domination?

Other than an elite handful of teams, when the Crimson Tide get ready to play a game it is more a matter of badly they can embarrass their opponent than it is a question of who will win. 

Alabama's closest game came its last time on the field against Ole Miss with a nail-biting 33-14 win. That was just one of its two games where the Tide allowed their opponent more than seven points, and they already have two shutouts in five games. 

On the bright side for Missouri they are in the rare position of being able to claim a moral victory by hitting double digits on the scoreboard. 


Who Might Not Play for Alabama

*Injury information according to the USA Today on Oct. 8. Click the link for updated info. 

Questionable: Malcolm Faciane, TE (shoulder), Brandon Ivory, DL (ankle)

Out: DeAndrew White, WR (knee), Jalston Fowler, RB (knee), Jarrick Williams, DB (knee), Chris Black, WR (shoulder)


Who Might Not Play for Missouri

*Injury information according to the USA Today on Oct. 8. Click the link for updated info. 

Out: Wesley Leftwich, WR (foot), Travis Ruth, OL (tricep), Taylor Chappell, OL (knee), Henry Josey, HB (knee)

What They're Saying: LB C.J. Mosley has evolved into an excellent on-field leader. Tide Nation's Alex Scarborough has more: 

After spending two years watching as the likes of Courtney Upshaw and Dont'a Hightower led the way, Mosley has taken the reins at Alabama. The linebacker from Theodore, Ala., has turned the corner in his career. He has gone from the undersized and quiet understudy to the leading man on a defense that ranks in the top five of every major statistical category.

As fellow linebacker Nico Johnson put it, Mosley's role has never changed. But his attitude has.

All it took was 24 games, 104 tackles and 3 interceptions. All it took was him gaining the confidence to raise his voice and lead.

"He's more vocal now. He's more confident," Johnson said. "By him being confident, he's able to fly around and just have fun and no worries, and accepting the fact that he's going to make mistakes, no matter what. It's just having fun with what he does. That's what he'll be doing from here on out, and he's taking advantage of every opportunity he gets."


Alabama Player to Watch: QB, A.J. McCarron

While Alabama's defense outshines the offensive side of the ball, it is time to start giving McCarron some love. The junior QB is turning in a career-best rating of 177.0, and he has yet to throw an interception. 

It's not like he's just dinking and dunking the ball while hiding behind his defense either. He is averaging nine yards per pass attempt and he has 12 touchdown passes.


Missouri Player to Watch: RB, Kendial Lawrence

Senior running back Kendial Lawrence is having an outstanding year. In six games he has rushed for 487 and he has done so with a 5.7 yards per carry average. He has also tallied five touchdowns. 

Lawrence is an explosive runner, but he is going against a rush defense that is allowing just 2.0 yards per carry.


Key Matchup: Lawrence vs. Alabama's Rush Defense

The spotlight on Lawrence is the perfect lead into the key matchup: The Tigers have to find some success on the ground if they want to keep this game close. 

Obviously, this is far easier said than done, but the 3.9 yards per carry Lawrence averaged against Arizona State, is the only time he has finished a game this year at less than 4.4. 

If the Tigers are going get anything going on offense, it is going to have to start with Lawrence. 


Prediction: Alabama 32, Missouri 9

Missouri only scored 10 against South Carolina and 15 at home last week against Vanderbilt. It is going to have a hard time getting anything accomplished in this one.