The Boston College Eagles will play the Missouri Tigers in Chestnut Hill this Saturday at 12pm. This is BC’s first P5 match-up of the season, and it comes against a Mizzou squad that has some serious offensive firepower. Let’s take a look at what the Tigers are able to do with the ball and what Eagles fans should expect out of this first big test:
Connor Bazelak is Mizzou’s starting QB and he’s been somewhat inconsistent this season, especially against their only serious competition of Kentucky in week 2. In that game, he only averaged 5.2 yards per attempt and threw a costly interception in the second half that almost dashed the Tigers’ chance at a comeback. On the other hand, after that INT, he methodically drove Mizzou down the field a few times and did almost come back. He’s been good in spurts and BC will have to make him uncomfortable if they don’t want to see the impressive side of Bazelak.
Against weaker competition like CMU and Southeastern Missouri he’s been as good as expected. This season so far he’s put up 897 yards, 9 TDs, and 1 INT in 3 games. BC’s defense has got to come up big like they did against Temple, otherwise they could be in for a long day in Chestnut Hill.
Tyler Badie is a baaaaaaaaaaaad man. He is Mizzou’s RB1 and the senior is by far the best player on the Tigers.
Badie leads Mizzou this season in rushing yards, rushing TDs, receiving yards, and receiving TDs. He has a mind-boggling 7.2 yards per carry and 9.5 yards per catch. He’s 4th in the nation in yards from scrimmage, #1 in the SEC. He’s 10th in the nation in TDs, #1 in the SEC. Boston College’s defensive priority number 1 is STOP. TYLER. BADIE. Mizzou’s offense has leaned heavily on him so far this season and you should expect them to continue doing so against BC.
Mizzou has quite the receiving corps too outside of just Tyler Badie. Players like Chance Luper, D’onte Smith, and Keke Chism all already have over 100 receiving yards on the season. And every receiver who has seen significant playing time is avergaing over 10 yards per catch, with TDs being spread pretty equally around the corps, too. Badie is the clear breakout star in this group, but the Tigers have some serious depth that the Eagles may find themselves struggling with.
Take it from our friends at Rock M Nation: “Connor Bazelak and Tyler Badie are doing everything they can to overcome the clear deficiencies up front, but it’s impossible to not notice the clear lack of difference-makers along the Tigers’ offensive line.”
This is a weak spot for the offense of Mizzou. BC’s defense has got to put on pressure early and often in order to stop their playmakers from making things happen downfield.