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Missouri’s 2017 schedule is complete ... and strange

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Missouri will play four September home games in 2017, its most since 1908.

EMU-General9 Derrick Forsythe (Rock M Nation)

The SEC released its schedules on Tuesday evening. There was no surprise in revealing who was on the schedule — we’ve known that for a while — but now it’s all laid out in a grid for us. And it’s super weird.

  • Sept. 2: Missouri State
  • Sept. 9: South Carolina
  • Sept. 16: Purdue
  • Sept. 23: Auburn
  • Oct. 7: at Kentucky
  • Oct. 14: at Georgia
  • Oct. 21: Idaho
  • Oct. 28: at UConn
  • Nov. 4: Florida
  • Nov. 11: Tennessee
  • Nov. 18: at Vanderbilt
  • Nov. 25: at Arkansas

Oddity No. 1: Four September home games

Missouri has home games in each of the first four weeks of the season ... and then only three over the final eight games/nine weeks. (And two of those three happen back-to-back as well.) That’s conducive to a fast start ... in theory. It better be, anyway.

Oddity No. 2: Two non-conference games in late-October

Mizzou plays two SEC opponents within the first four weeks, then takes on Idaho (for Homecoming, no less) and UConn (in Storrs) in the eighth and ninth weeks of the season. Obviously plenty of SEC programs have had schedules like this for a while. I doubt I will ever be fond of it.

If the current depth chart is any guide, Mizzou could return about nine starters on offense and 5-6 on defense. If the receiving corps continues to develop, the Tigers could have their most potent offense since 2013, and in theory, a particularly good team could expect to begin the season 7-1 or 6-2 heading into November. We’ll see how it plays out.

The Trib (Blake Toppmeyer): MU's 2017 schedule released; Tigers to open with four straight home games

Post-Dispatch: Mizzou 2017 football schedule finalized

KC Star: Missouri will open 2017 football season with four straight home games