The Missouri Tigers will take on LSU for the first time as an SEC member Saturday night in Death Valley. It is the raucous type of atmosphere that Mizzou has yet to experience this year, and may not have another experience like it in their college careers.
“It’s one of the great atmosphere’s in college football.” said Mizzou coach Barry Odom.”I’m glad it’s a night game, it will be great for our kids. You try to put them in position throughout the week at practice, in adverse situations, with noise. I don’t know if we can match it.”
LSU has lost just four home games since 2010. Death Valley at night is notorious for being one of the toughest environments in all of football.
“You almost don’t want to say anything at practice during the week,” Mizzou quarterback Drew Lock described the preparation for the loud stadium. “We’re going to have to be super-loud in practice. I’m going to have to loud regardless.”
The LSU offense has been a problem for the Bayou Bengals for awhile, and it’s one of the main factors that cost Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron their jobs earlier this week. LSU is still a force on defense, ranked 35th nationally in total defense.
The Mizzou offense will have their hands full, but Lock has proven to be more than capable, having already tripled his touchdown output from a season ago. J’Mon Moore is enjoying a break-out campaign as well. Even with his chronic dops, Moore has 26 catches for 434 yards, and six touchdowns.
The Tigers are 13 point underdogs, despite Ed Orgeron’s installment as head coach, and disappointing start to the season.
TO LISTEN to Drew Lock’s pregame comments, click audio player above.