After two straight home blowouts against the bottom tier of the Big 12, the No. 16 Texas Longhorns head to Columbia for their first road game in over a month.
While freshmen QB David Ash has gotten the majority of the snaps since the loss to Oklahoma, the story of the Texas offense has been the ground game.
Behind a revamped offensive line, an unlikely running combination of two freshmen and a fifth-year senior -- Malcolm Brown, Joe Bergeron and Fozzy Whittaker -- have emerged as stars. Brown has averaged 4.8 yards a carry this year, while Bergeron and Whittaker are at 6.9 and 6.0 respectively.
The Longhorns will look to continue pounding the line of scrimmage against a Missouri defense that has struggled against the run, giving up 474 yards rushing in the last two weeks against Baylor and Texas A&M. The Tigers, meanwhile, will likely try to stack the box and force a freshmen QB to make decisions under duress.
Missouri, in their last season in the Big 12, have been competitive but have struggled to beat the league's top teams. As a result, they are only 2-4 in conference play.
Under Gary Pinkel, the Tigers have recruited the state of Texas hard, and it will be a chance for the team's starting QB (sophomore James Franklin) and RB (sophomore Henry Josey) to defeat a program that overlooked them.
For a young Texas team, a road win would be the next step in a rebuilding process and their first real test since blowout losses to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
The game will be televised nationally on FX at 11 AM this Saturday.