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College football preview: Missouri at Indiana

Records: Hoosiers (2-1), Tigers (2-0)

When: 8 p.m. today

Where: Memorial Stadium, Bloomington

TV: Big Ten Network

Radio: 1250 AM, Sirius 113, XM 192

Web: To watch a video preview for the game, go to “EyeingIU” at www.journalgazette.net

3 matchups to watch

IU cornerbacks vs. Missouri receivers: Tim Bennett and Michael Hunter combined for seven pass breakups in the Hoosiers’ 42-10 win against Bowling Green, but they will face a sterner test from the Tigers. Dorial Green-Beckham, a 6-foot-6, 225-pound deep threat, could pose some problems for Bennett, IU’s No. 1 corner, who is 5-9. L’Damian Washington, who is second on Missouri in receiving yards, doesn’t give up any size either. The 6-4, 205-pound senior will likely contend with Hunter, a 6-1 corner, on the outside. Safeties Mark Murphy, Greg Heban and Antonio Allen will need to be ready to provide help if need be.

IU defensive line vs. Missouri quarterback James Franklin: The Hoosiers have faced Navy, which ran its quarterback a ton, and Bowling Green, which threw the ball plenty. Now, IU takes on its first true dual-threat option in fifth-year senior James Franklin. The 6-2, 230-pound Franklin has completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 530 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. He is also third on the team in rushing, with 121 yards on 23 carries. The play of IU defensive line, led by sophomore defensive end Nick Mangieri, will be critical against a rushing attack that is No. 19 in NCAA rankings.

IU athleticism vs. Missouri athleticism: This game is a measuring stick for the rest of the year for the Hoosiers. The Tigers are a lower-tier SEC team, but they have better athletes than any team the Hoosiers have faced thus far, and Missouri will bring a physical style that IU hasn’t had to contend with yet. If the Hoosiers come away with this one, they need just three wins in the Big Ten slate to make a bowl game. Lose to Missouri, and the road gets tougher.

Prediciton: Indiana 42, Missouri 34

smorrison@jg.net

– Sean Morrison, The Journal Gazette

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