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Missouri hopes to take advantage of playing at home against Arizona State

Friday, September 14, 2012 | 9:22 p.m. CDT; updated 3:30 p.m. CDT, Saturday, September 15, 2012

COLUMBIA — After beating the Missouri football team 37-30 in overtime last season in Tempe, Ariz., the Arizona State Sun Devils will play Saturday in Columbia. But they are still trying to make it feel like a home game by bringing their own air fresheners for the locker room.

Missouri is hoping to take advantage of playing on its home field. The Tigers have yet to go on the road this season, but things could get rough when they do.

If the Tigers lose Saturday, they will take a losing record into their first road game against the No. 8 team in this week's AP poll, the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Things get even more difficult for the Tigers with a makeshift offensive line. It won't be easy against Arizona State, a 2-0 team coming off of a 45-14 blowout of Illinois.

The Tigers might be relieved to know they won't face Brock Osweiler on Saturday. In the matchup last season, the former Sun Devils quarterback torched the Tigers.

Osweiler, now a backup quarterback for the Denver Broncos, completed 75 percent of his passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns against the Tigers. He even added a touchdown run.

This season, the Sun Devils have used two quarterbacks. Sophomore Taylor Kelly, the starter, is listed as seven inches shorter than his predecessor, the 6-foot-8 Osweiler, but he is off to a great start as a passer.

In his first two games, Kelly has thrown for 496 yards and two touchdowns, while redshirt freshman Michael Eubank has completed all six of his pass attempts for 71 yards and two touchdowns. Eubank also has two rushing touchdowns this season.

Arizona State coach Todd Graham said he plans to use both quarterbacks, with Kelly seeing the majority of snaps.

Against Georgia, Missouri had to use the No. 2 quarterback, Corbin Berkstresser, when Franklin missed plays twice after losing his helmet. A new NCAA rule requires players to leave the field for a play after their helmet comes off.


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