What The Crystal Ball Says About Missouri And Navy In The Texas Bowl


Our magic crystal ball previews march on and we're on fire. We correctly predicted that Georgia would have a huge second half to beat Texas A&M and we also correctly predicted that Nebraska would find a way to score over 30 points on Arizona. Now we turn our attention to the Texas Bowl and the news is great for Missouri fans but maybe not so much for television ratings. Here are a few things that the crystal ball is telling us about this match-up.

  1. The game will be over early! Missouri hasn't been great on defense this season but place them in front of a one dimensional team that's going to struggle in pass coverage and you've got an ugly ball game with people turning the channel by halftime. Missouri will be up big at the half and never look back.
  1. Navy will move the ball on the ground. They just won't score. We've got the Midshipmen with 300-plus rushing yards but in the red zone the Tiger defense shuts them down.  
  1. Danario Alexander will have a huge game. Navy will struggle to cover him and quarterback Blaine Gabbart will have no problems finding him roaming in the secondary. We've got him with over 150 receiving yards.
  1. Missouri uses a one/two punch to knockout Navy. The Tigers will use their passing attack to jump on Navy early and then the rushing game to put them away in the second half. Blaine Gabbart and Derrick Washington will have multiple touchdown days.
Navy Midshipmen Individual Stats
Rushing
  Att Yds 20+ L TD
Vince Murray 18 144 2 65 0
Alexander Teich 9 75 1 57 0
Marcus Curry 10 42 0 11 0
Ricky Dobbs 23 29 0 12 0
Mike Stukel 1 10 0 10 0
Gee Gee Greene 1 -4 0 -4 0
Missouri Tigers Individual Stats
Rushing
  Att Yds 20+ L TD
Derrick Washington 22 98 1 26 4
De'Vion Moore 7 36 0 12 0
Blaine Gabbert 13 34 0 19 0
Kendial Lawrence 1 7 0 7 0
Receiving
  Rec Yds 20+ 40+ L TD
Receiving
  Rec Yds 20+ 40+ L TD
Danario Alexander 8 155 4 0 31 0
Jared Perry 5 67 0 0 16 1
Jerrell Jackson 4 63 0 0 19 0
Wes Kemp 3 44 0 0 17 3
Michael Egnew 1 42 1 1 42 0
Derrick Washington 3 31 0 0 17 0
Andrew Jones 2 7 0 0 5 0
Passing
  Comp. Att. Yards TD INT
Ricky Dobbs 0 2 0 0 0
Passing
  Comp. Att. Yards TD INT
Blaine Gabbert 26 38 409 4 0
Defensive
  Sacks INT
Matt Nechak 1 0
Defensive
  Sacks INT
Marcus Malbrough 1 0
Hardy Ricks 1 0
Field Goals
  Made Missed
Joe Buckley 25 46
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