Alabama vs Missouri Game Preview: Everything You Need To Know Before Kickoff
It's Homecoming week in Tuscaloosa and the Missouri Tigers come to town to face top-ranked Alabama in a night game.
Much of the talk has surrounded the return of Dixieland Delight to Bryant-Denny Stadium, which should help create a pretty special atmosphere on Saturday.
So let's get you all set for what to expect from this cross-division matchup.
No. 1 Alabama (6-0, 3-0 SEC) vs Missouri (3-2, 0-2 SEC)
When: Saturday, October 13 at 6:05 PM/CT
Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, AL
Weather: This will easily be the most comfortable game of the season and should actually feel like Fall for the first time. The high for the afternoon is only 76 degrees and it should be approaching the 60s by kickoff. There's no rain in the forecast so enjoy a beautiful night in BDS.
TV: ESPN (Play-by-play: Steve Levy, analyst: Brian Griese, sideline reporter: Todd McShay)
Radio: Crimson Tide Sports Network (Play-by-play: Eli Gold, color analyst: John Parker Wilson, sideline reporter: Rashad Johnson). Listen on 95.3 the Bear and Tide 102.9/100.9 in Tuscaloosa or download the station apps to stream the game for free.
Spread: The Crimson Tide opened as a 28-point favorite and it hasn't moved. The total for the game is 74 points. After covering the spread in the first three games, Alabama hasn't covered in any of the past three.
Series History: Saturday's game marks just the sixth time these two teams have met and only the third time since Missouri joined the SEC in 2012. The Tigers won the first two meetings in 1968 and 1975 but the Tide has won the last three. That includes the only other regular season SEC game in 2012, where Alabama won 42-10 in Columbia.
Last Meeting: Missouri made it back to the SEC Championship Game for the second straight season after winning 10 games in 2014 but ran into another powerful Alabama offense. The Crimson Tide jumped out to a 21-3 first-half lead before Missouri cut it to a 21-13 game heading into the fourth quarter. Two Derrick Henry touchdown runs and a Christion Jones touchdown catch gave Alabama the 42-13 victory and sent Nick Saban's team to the first College Football Playoff as the No. 1 seed.
Last Week: Alabama scored on the first play from scrimmage and didn't let up last week in Fayetteville. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa continued his incredible season by completing 10 of 13 passes for 334 yards and four touchdowns while the offense rolled up more than 600 yards of offense for the second consecutive game. The defense, however, gave up 405 yards of offense and 31 points to an Arkansas team that was averaging just 270 yards in conference play. The win moved Alabama to 6-0 at the midway point of the regular season.
Missouri traveled to a rain-soaked South Carolina to take on the Gamecocks. The weather gave both teams trouble, but the Tigers managed to take a 23-14 lead into halftime. A 17-0 third quarter for South Carolina made it a game going into the fourth and the Gamecocks eventually hit a game-winning field goal in the final seconds to win 37-35. Missouri still managed to outgain South Carolina by more than 100 yards on the road but it didn't matter in the end.