Five things to know about the Insight Bowl pitting No. 12 Missouri against Iowa at 10 ET (ESPN)
1) Missouri leads the all-time series 7-5, although these teams haven’t played in 100 years, a 5-0 Missouri win in Columbia in 1910.
2) Iowa is trying to win three straight bowl games for the first time in school history. It beat South Carolina in the 2009 Outback Bowl and Georgia Tech in the 2010 Orange Bowl. Missouri has won three straight games. The Tigers haven’t finished a season with a four-game winning streak since 1965.
3) Don’t be surprised if this game winds up being low scoring. Missouri is sixth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 15.2 points-per-game, while Iowa is seventh, allowing 16.4. Additionally, Iowa will be without multiple key components on offense including the program’s all-time leader in receptions (Derrell Johnson-Koulianos) and the Big Ten’s fourth-leading rusher this season (Adam Robinson). The Hawkeyes have lost three in a row.
Regardless, the way games have gone for Iowa, expect something exciting to happen. The Hawkeyes have let their opponent march down the field to score the game-winning TD with less than five minutes remaining in each of their five defeats. Iowa was on the winning side of close games last season. It trailed in 10 of 13 games and won four games by a total of eight points.
Ricky Stanzi on Throws of 15+ Yards
Passing by Targeted Receiver, 2010
4) Marvin McNutt has been Ricky Stanzi’s go-to guy down the field this season, and with the suspension of Derell Johnson-Koulianos, expect Iowa to give McNutt even more opportunities.
Stanzi has thrown down the field, McNutt's way, 23 times, completing 15 of those passes. That completion rate (65.2 percent) is significantly better than when Stanzi targets others (42 percent).
5) One way to tell if Missouri is going to have a good game will be if Blaine Gabbert is able to connect with his receivers down the field. In Missouri's two losses this season, Gabbert is 1-for-19 with an interception, when throwing the ball more than 15 yards in the air. Gabbert, after completing 67 percent of all passes in the Tigers first seven games, has connected on just 53 percent in his last five contests.