Mizzou prepares for first game at Death Valley
Mizzou and LSU don’t have a long history. In fact, the two schools have only faced each other on the gridiron once — in the 1978 Liberty Bowl in Memphis (which Mizzou won 20-15).
On Saturday night, Missouri will travel to Baton Rouge for a night game at Death Valley, one of the most electric atmospheres in college football.
Mizzou QB Drew Lock told The Kansas City Star that he can’t wait to take the field Saturday night:
“You hear about Death Valley when you’re growing up,” Mizzou sophomore quarterback Drew Lock said. “That’s kind of one of those iconic places that you watch ’Bama go play at LSU. … It’s kind of a crazy deal to be going there and playing ourselves.”
The Mizzou coaching staff, however, is trying to keep the Tigers calm, downplaying the stadium’s significance:
“It’s just like any road game,” said MU offensive line coach Glen Elarbee, who was a graduate assistant on LSU’s 2007 national championship team and played at Tiger Stadium as an offensive lineman for Middle Tennessee State in 2001. “It’s just going to be a little louder and probably have a little more smell of bourbon to it. It’s a pretty unique place and will be really loud, especially at night.”
Tonight’s game can be seen at 6:30 p.m. Central time on the SEC Network.