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LSU vs. Missouri: Game preview and prediction

LSU interim head coach Ed Orgeron (Source: WAFB) LSU interim head coach Ed Orgeron (Source: WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

There will be a new coach on the sidelines for LSU Saturday night, when the Tigers welcome Missouri to Tiger Stadium. 

Interim head coach Ed Orgeron will lead the Tigers out of the tunnel six days after Les Miles was relieved of his coaching duties. 

Missouri comes to town with a 2-2 overall record, winning against Eastern Michigan and Delaware State and losing to West Virginia and Georgia.

The offensive statistics look very impressive for Mizzou, but a good bit of the yardage came in wins against the two smaller schools. 

PER GAME LSU Missouri
SCORING OFFENSE 21.0 44.5
RUSHING OFFENSE 191.8 178.3
PASSING OFFENSE 147.8 391.2
TOTAL OFFENSE 339.6 569.5
SCORING DEFENSE 16.8     18.75
RUSHING DEFENSE 116.0 131.8
PASSING DEFENSE 225.2 236.0
TOTAL DEFENSE 341.2 367.8

Players to watch for the Missouri Tigers:

OFFENSIVE LEADERS:
Missouri quarterback Drew Lock has completed 96 of 162 passing attempts this season for 1,508 yards and 14 touchdowns. He is completing just under 60 percent of his passes and has thrown only three interceptions. 

Running backs Ish Witter and Damarea Crockett lead the rushing attack for Mizzou. Witter has gained 209 yards on 57 carries and has scored three touchdowns. Crockett has run the ball 34 times for 210 yards and three touchdowns. Crockett leads the team with a 6.2 yards per carry average.

J'Mon Moore leads the receiving corp with 26 receptions, 434 yards and six touchdowns. Emanual Hall is leading the Missouri wide receivers with an 18.54 yards per catch average. Hall has 13 receptions and two touchdowns this season. 

DEFENSIVE LEADERS:
Linebacker Michael Scherer has 29 tackles totals tackles and one interception.  

Defensive lineman Charles Harris has three sacks and four quarterback hurries. 

Defensive back Aarion Penton has two interceptions and six pass break-ups. 

KEYS TO THE GAME:
Ed Orgeron makes his debut Saturday night in Tiger Stadium. Will the Tigers show a new energy not seen this season or will there be a hangover from a tough week which included the firing of Les Miles. 

Will the fans show up Saturday night and if they do, will they cheer on the Tigers for four quarters? 

Will Leonard Fournette play? If not, who will step up to give Derrius Guice a breather?

Coach O says the offense is going to open it up against Missouri, will the offense be up to the task? 

Can LSU's offensive line fight through the injuries and avoid any more mishaps? 

Will Davon Godchaux play after being cleared of all charges this week. If not, who will step up and take his place? 

Can Arden Key continue his torrid sack pace, and keep Mizzou QB Drew Lock on the run? 

9 Picks Prediction: LSU 28, Missouri 23.

LSU and Missouri will kickoff in Tiger Stadium at 6:30 p.m. on the SEC Network. 

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