MISSOURI KEY PLAYERS
QUARTERBACK DREW LOCK
Lock’s line in Week 2 — 14 of 32, 245 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions — was underwhelming, bringing back concerns about his ability to match up against Power 5 opponents. He’ll need more help from his receivers, too, who dropped five passes last week.
DEFENSIVE END MARCELL FRAZIER
Frazier was a positive influence in the first half last week, but his second half was inconsistent even as Missouri put together a better collective defensive performance. Still, the Tigers could afford to be more opportunistic. They didn’t record a single sack or turnover against South Carolina.
PURDUE KEY PLAYERS
TIGHT END COLE HERDMAN
Purdue’s offensive attack flows through its tight ends. Herdman, whose four TDs last year lead all returning Power 5 tight ends, is the team’s leading receiver with six catches for 146 yards. More worrying: Missouri has given up 177 yards receiving and three scores (one rushing) to tight ends this season.
LINEBACKER JA’WHAUN BENTLEY
The Boilermakers’ middle linebacker is second on the team with 16 tackles and forced two fumbles against Louisville in Week 1 — one of only four FBS players to do that in the opener. He’s one of seven seniors who will start on defense for Purdue, which has allowed 460 yards on average through two games.