K-State vs. Missouri Game Preview
By Ben Brake
’99: 4-7, 1-7 Big 12
’00: 3-7, 2-5 Big 12
Coach: Larry Smith (seventh season, 29-38-1; 139-118-7 overall)
K-State had better not get over confidant for the game this weekend.
Missouri would love to beat #9 nationally
ranked KSU in front of their home crowd to finish off a very disappointing season.
The Tigers should not be a major threat, but this will be their last
game of the year and they will have nothing to
lose to let it all hang out. On the other hand K-State does have something to lose. K-State is hoping to play
Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship game on December 2nd in Arrowhead Stadium and only has one team in
the way, Missouri.
Missouri Quarterback Darius Outlaw will lead the charge against the
Cats. He is coming off a great game
against Baylor and would love to have another good game against the Wildcats this Saturday. His statistics are
middle of the road, but he has shown great ability at times.
Running Backs Zain Gilmore and Zack Abron will provide the ground attack
for the Tigers. Together they have
over 1000 yards rushing and have shown spurts of greatness.
Wide Receivers Justin Gage and Eric Spencer are the go to guys on the
air attack. Combined they account for
1100 and 8 touchdowns, expect these two to be utilized quite a bit on Saturday.
K-State should have this game in hand going in to the locker room at
half time, but you never know which K-State
team will show up. The Wildcat defense will have to put continuous pressure on the quarterback and not let him
have time to stay in the pocket. Expect Monte Beisel and Cliff Johnson to have a combined total of at least 4
sacks. K-State is playing like they actually want to win the Big Twelve Championship, if they keep playing like
they are they will have a very good chance of it.
Prediction: K-State 49 Missouri 14