The Tigers, who had aspirations of making a major splash in their first season in the SEC, are currently 3-3 overall, and 0-3 in the league. After one month of play,
Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel
After falling to the lowly Vanderbilt Commodores in their most recent outing, the downtrodden Tigers must now play host to the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide, and do so with a backup quarterback.
Starting signal-caller James Franklin suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee during the first quarter of
In respect to statistical credentials, Berkstresser is 42-of-84 for 501 yards thus far in 2012, including three touchdown passes and one interception.
While the injury-plagued James Franklin battled a shoulder issue during the early portion of the season, Berkstresser garnered the first start of his career on Sept. 15 as the Tigers hosted
In regards to the contest with Vanderbilt, Berkstresser completed only 9-of-30 passes for 189 yards and one touchdown. Berkstresser has obviously never faced a defense as stingy as that of
Tigers on the run
Kendial Lawrence leads the team in rushing with 487 yards and five touchdowns, while Marcus Murphy has 122 yards after the first six games. Although
The Tiger paws
At the wide receiver position, one can’t discuss talent without first mentioning the setbacks. Not only setbacks that impacted the receiver position, but several aspects of the team.
Just days before Missouri's game against Vanderbilt, a total of three players, including highly-touted freshman wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, were arrested for possession of marijuana. Suspensions were delivered, and each arrested player, including two other players who were at the scene, were forced to miss the contest against the Commodores.
While Green-Beckham is expected to return for Saturday's game against Alabama, the biggest receiving threats thus far in 2012 have been Marcus Lucas and T.J. Moe. Lucas currently leads the team in both receptions and receiving yards with 30 catches for a total of 309 yards, including two touchdowns. Moe, an exceptional receiver in his own right, has 24 receptions for 231 yards and one touchdown.
Courtesy of the spread offense, many Mizzou skill players have seen plenty of action and have obtained some impressive early season numbers.
Kendial Lawrence - 10 receptions 81 yards
Jimmie Hunt - 5 receptions 100 yards 1 TD
Gahn McGaffie - 18 receptions 124 yards
Dorial Green-Beckham - 7 receptions 128 yards 1 TD
Bud Sasser - 5 receptions 139 yards 1 TD
The final verdict
The 2012 edition of Alabama-Missouri will mark the first meeting of the two programs since 1978. On that day, the Crimson Tide defeated the Tigers to the tune of 38-20. Even though ‘Bama was victorious some 34 years ago, the Tigers hold the overall series lead, 2-1.
As we turn to the present, and the future that will be Saturday afternoon, one can only assume that
Since joining the SEC, the Tigers have been essentially overmatched in every conference game. Crushing losses to
The Alabama defense has pitched two shutouts this season, and only allow a grand total of seven points per contest on average. Don't expect too much to change come Saturday afternoon.