The Arkansas Razorbacks (3-5) will take a trip up to Columbia, Missouri, to face off against the Missouri Tigers (4-3) in the sixth annual Battle Line Rivalry game in Memorial Stadium on Saturday morning.
The game was originally scheduled to take place Saturday, Nov. 28. However, due to a combination of positive tests for COVID-19 and subsequent quarantining of individuals, the Southeastern Conference announced Nov. 23 that the game would be postponed.
“We anticipate having a close-to-full roster,” Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman said Monday. “Our testing went well yesterday and between injuries that we had and the COVID, we feel we’re going to be pretty close to full speed.”
Arkansas is coming off a heartbreaking 27-24 loss to the LSU Tigers on Nov. 21, a game in which the Razorbacks had only 56 scholarship players available in the loss. With 1:24 left to go in the game, senior kicker A.J. Reed’s 44-yard field goal attempt was blocked.
Mizzou shut out the Vanderbilt Commodores, 41-0, last Saturday in the game that featured the first woman to play in a Power 5 game for Vandy.
Arkansas defensive coordinator Barry Odom will be facing his former team, in which he served as head coach from 2016-2019. Odom was 25-25 (13-19 SEC) as the head Tiger. He was fired Nov. 30, 2019 after a 24-14 win over the Razorbacks the day before. Pittman then hired Odom on Dec. 16.
“There’s no hiding it,” Mizzou head coach Eliah Drinkwitz said in a press conference Tuesday. “We talked about it on Sunday that, obviously, we’re going against Coach Odom and a couple of other coaches that used to be here. But this is a players’ game.”
The Tiger defense is last in the SEC in generating turnovers with six, while the Razorbacks lead the conference with 17. Mizzou is also last in tackles in the conference while Arkansas is first.
This is the 12th meeting among the two programs, with Mizzou holding the all-time series lead, 8-3. The Tigers have won the last four meetings and have won five of the last six contests over Arkansas since joining the SEC in 2012.
Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. and will be broadcast on the SEC Network. Mizzou is favored to win by three with the over/under at 51.5, according to College Football News.