Well, this could certainly be a game-changing development. Assuming it’s true, of course.
Coming off a 41-20 loss to Georgia, Missouri must turn right back around face a challenging nonconference home game against Arizona State. When the Tigers do take the field tomorrow, they may or may not be without their starting quarterback, James Franklin. Ashley Zavala of KOMU in Missouri reports Friday afternoon that Franklin is listed as questionable because of a sore shoulder. Franklin, as you recall, sustained a shoulder injury during spring practices and needed all offseason to recover from surgery.
Tentatively, backup Corbin Berkstresser is reportedly going to get the start. The injury to Franklin apparently isn’t anything more than soreness, but it sounds as though he is a game-time decision.
Missouri has not commented on the report, and per Dave Matter of the Columbia Tribune, doesn’t plan to do so. Unless that changes, this will come down to kickoff (or, just before).
Not having Franklin available would obviously be a huge loss for the Tigers. Missouri went toe-to-toe with Georgia for three quarters last week before the Bulldogs pulled away and Franklin did alright in the passing game. Arizona State is off to a 2-0 start under first-year coach Todd Graham.