COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — One school is looking for its first Southeastern Conference win — ever. The other continues a century-long quest for SEC respect, let alone a rare winning season.
Saturday's match-up between Missouri (3-2, 0-2 SEC) and Vanderbilt (1-3, 0-2) isn't much of a rivalry. The schools have only played four times and last met more than 50 years ago.
Missouri seeks SEC success in its first season after leaving the Big 12. The Tigers lost lopsided conference games to No. 5 Georgia at home and No. 6 South Carolina on the road. They will be without wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, one of five freshmen suspended one game after a campus drug bust.
Vanderbilt coach James Franklin led the once-woeful Commodores to just the fifth bowl berth in school history in 2011.