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Missouri vs. Arkansas State: Preview, TV, Streaming, Start Time, Betting Line, Sundry and Stirring Locker Room Speech

This is the game Red Wolves fans fought for, turning down huge bucks to prevent its move to St. Louis. Saturday, we're not buying a ticket to a football game. We're seizing a moment! Seize that moment with me! Raise high your glass to Red Wolves past, present and future! Join me on this Autumn hillside of history, and I shall call you my brother (or sister, or even both, if you'd like)!

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Start Time: 6 P.M, and the weather's gonna be spectacular

Location: (The Newly Refurbished) Centennial Bank Stadium, Jonesboro, AR

TV/Streaming: ESPN3 (The Official Channel of the Sun Belt)

Radio: 95.3 The Ticket (Jonesboro), 100.5 KTGR (Columbia)

Series Record: A-State is an inglorious 0-3 vs. Missouri

Last meeting: Missouri 41, A-State 19 (2013)

Betting Line: +10.5

Gratuitous Male Nakedness: Indeed

#SunBeltHeat: Supernova

Last Time a P5 Team Visited Jonesboro: 2001, Ole Miss

Last Time a Ranked Team Visited Jonesboro: 2004, #25 Memphis

Chances That Russell Hansbrough Sits Out: Minuscule. Word around Rock M Nation is that Hansbrough will suit up.

Is Missouri Running a Two QB Offense: Possibly. Incumbent starter Maty Mauk and Freshman pocket-passer Drew Lock both saw action against SEMO in Week 1.

Is A-State Running A Two QB Offense: Less likely. James Tabery spelled All-Sun Belt QB Fredi Knighten during the second half of the USC game. Look for Fredi to regain his Jedi powers against Missouri at home.

Missouri Kryptonite: The defensive line. With Shane Ray and Markus Golden drafted to the NFL, and projected All-SEC selection Harold Brantley sidelined after an off-season car accident, the Tigers are short handed and young.

A-State Kryptonite: Offensive rust. Aside from a burst of production to start the second half, the famous A-State offense never got rolling against SEC, often putting the defense in tight spots. The Red Wolves will have to play smooth on offensive if it hopes to beat the Tigers.

The Wild Card: Centennial Bank Stadium. Missouri Coach Gary Pinkel isn't wild about making the trip to Jonesboro, but even former A-State head coach Gus Malzahn says "The atmosphere in Jonesboro is going to be big-time" for A-State/Mizzou. He's right. The Cent will be thumping, and it will give an edge to the Red Wolves.

Players to Watch: Warren Wand of A-State and Drew Lock of Missouri. Wand was magic in limited action against USC, using his video game speed to gulp-up yards. Drew Lock went six for 10 with a TD pass in his college debut, giving Missouri a different look than the scrambling style of Mauk.

Why This Game Rocks: This is a game Red Wolves fans fought to keep in Jonesboro, and A-State is christening a totally restyled Centennial Bank Stadium to commemorate the moment. If you're not there, Red Wolves fans, good luck reclaiming your soul.

Tickets: For God's sake Hurry

Official A-State Fan Rules Prediction:

Prediction

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