That takes us to our 2017 breakdown of how our Missouri Tigers will go 12-0 en route to an SEC title. Don’t believe it? Neither do we, but that doesn’t stop highly paid professional soothsayers from making ridiculous claims. Why should it stop us?
So, without further ado, here’s how it will happen (it won’t)…
Week One: vs. Missouri State
The Bears are terrible. I hate to say it because I love Dave Steckel, the current MSU head coach and former Mizzou defensive coordinator, but he’s got an impossible job. MSU went 4-7 last year, and this wasn’t a Mizzou kind of 4-win season. The Bears lost to the likes of Northern Iowa and Illinois State. There is more chance of Bryan Goers being successfully cured of his genital warts than of MSU winning this game in Columbia. Even the biggest Tiger haters in SEC Land predict a Mizzou win here. Drew Lock throws for more than 500 yards and Mizzou wins in a route.
MU: 63, MSU 6 (Mizzou: 1-0)
Week Two: vs. South Carolina
Mizzou will break with tradition in 2017 and take on a division opponent early in the year. No one knows what kind of defense will field in 2017, but everyone knows what kind of coach Will Muschamp is. There’s your reason for hope, right there. Muschamp is a program killer and South Carolina is on the firing line. The Gamecocks look to be decent this season with returning quarterback Jake Bentley securing his leadership role on the team and he’ll have an arsenal of weapons at his disposal on offense. How do the Tigers win this game? South Carolina’s offensive line is garbage … hot garbage. A healthy Terry Beckner Jr. and Marcel Frazier will come out firing and keep Bentley on his back more than Tijuana hooker on payday. A Drew Lock-led Missouri offense will feast on the Gamecocks’ mediocre defense and the Tigers will pull away late.
MU: 34, USC: 16 (Mizzou 2-0)
Week Three vs. Purdue
In the third consecutive home game of the season, Missouri will face it’s out of conference Power Five school opponent, the Purdue Boilermakers. The Tigers couldn’t get a softer matchup unless the game was against Kansas. The Boilermakers went 3-9 last year and finished dead last in the West Division of the Big 10 Conference. Purdue will be led by first year coach Jeff Brohm, a longtime Louisville man known for producing high-flying offenses. On that front, Purdue is bringing back the Big 10’s leading passer in quarterback David Blough, but his receiving corps is reportedly inexperienced and weak. Even Purdue loyalists are expecting about four wins this season. They won’t get one in Columbia. Cam Hilton makes his presence known in this game, picking off two Blough passes en route to a third Tiger win.
MU: 42, PU: 19 (Mizzou 3-0)
Week Four vs. Auburn
The toughest challenge the Tigers will face all year comes in Week Four when Gus Malzahn’s Auburn Tigers/War Eagles/Alabama Inferiority Complexers take to Faurot Field. Malzahn added former Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham to his roster this year, to augment the Auburn running attack led by Kamryn Pettway who ran for 1,224 yards in an injury shortened season. The Auburn offense is nasty and will be a real test for Mizzou’s questionable defense. Barry Odom will be the star of this game however, the renowned defensive whiz will throw everything he’s got at Auburn to confuse and shake up the talented Stidham in what will be just his fourth game in an Auburn uniform. Mizzou with blast Auburn with corner blitzes, stunts, and lean heavily on its untested linebacking corps to limit damage. Meanwhile, Drew Lock and company will battle through a stout Auburn defense that gave up only 17 points a game in 2016. Tucker McCann boots a game winning field goal as time expires.
MU: 24, AU: 21 (Mizzou 4-0)
Week Five at Kentucky
The SEC pundits are united in predicting a Wildcat victory in this game, but I just don’t see it. Kentucky has a garbage defense. More feasting for Drew Lock, but Damarea Crockett will do most of the work. Expect Crockett to pour on more than 200 yards and score three touchdowns. Kentucky’s running game will do a little damage itself, but not nearly enough to undo Crockett’s damage.
MU: 27, UK: 17 (Mizzou 5-0)
Week Six at Georgia
The Tigers have lost to Georgia by a combined four points over the last two years. Most SEC pundits expect Georgia to win the East but they will run into a buzzsaw against Missouri. Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, and Jacob Eason lead a fearsome offense in Athens, but turnovers are the key. Missouri will be deadly when you give them extra possessions and a poised Drew Lock takes advantage at every turn. Georgia keeps it close late, but the Tigers defense makes a goal line stand and keeps the perfect season alive.
MU: 34, UGA: 31 (Mizzou 6-0)
Week Seven vs. Idaho
Did you know that the University of Idaho’s mascot is the Vandals? Neither did anyone else. They become a mid-season sacrificial lamb and allow Missouri’s potent offense to pad their already gaudy stats. J’Mon Moore will lead the charge with 215 yards receiving.
MU: 59, UI: 13 (Mizzou 7-0)
Week Eight at Connecticut
Remember when I said Missouri State was bad? Meet UConn. In a strange roadtrip to the northeast, Mizzou will take on a Huskie squad that won three games last season and never scored more than 27 points. Even a mediocre defense can stop these weaklings. Add Missouri’s explosive offense to the mix, and you have got an ugly blowout, even on the road. Drew Lock will have another 400 yard outing, Crockett will run for over 150 yards, and the Tigers will get an easy win.
MU: 42, UC: 13 (Mizzou 8-0)
Week Nine vs. Florida
Florida will be regressing a bit in 2017, in part because they will struggle with who should be starting at quarterback. Running back Jordan Scarlett won’t have much luck either and the Tigers defense will put in its most impressive outing of the year, sacking Florida five times. Johnathan Johnson will score two touchdowns against a tough Gator defense and cement the deal.
MU: 24, UF: 14 (Mizzou 9-0)
Week Ten vs. Tennessee
Sweet redemption will come to Faurot field late in 2017. Missouri has lost to the Vols the last couple of years, but that all comes to an end. Without the eyebrowless wonder, Josh Dobbs, the Vols find themselves now toothless. Mizzou will pour it on and Barry Odom doesn’t take his foot off the gas, angering a flustered life champion, Butch Jones. Ish Witter has his first 100-yard game and Kendall Blanton adds a pair of touchdowns in the win.
MU: 49, UT: 9 (Mizzou 10-0)
Week Eleven at Vanderbilt
With his job on the line, Derek Mason will try to pull off a big upset at home. Running back Ralph Webb manages a 100-yard game but the Commodore defense can’t keep up with the Tiger receivers. J’Mon Moore scores three touchdowns and the Tigers roll to another road win.
MU: 31, VU: 14 (Mizzou 11-0)
Week Twelve at Arkansas
The Razorbacks will be out for blood after linebacker Eric Beisel taunts the team by roasting a whole hog on a spit along the Mizzou sideline prior to the game. Quarterback Austin Allen throws three touchdown passes, but the Razorback defense wears down in the end, much as they did in 2016. The Tigers complete an unlikely perfect season en route to a national title. R-kansans cry into their moonshine.
MU: 31, UA: 24 (Mizzou 12-0)
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