Missouri began the 2015 season on a three-game winning streak. Since then, multi-game winning streaks have been hard to come by for the Tigers.
There was, of course, the most famous one — a six-game win-streak to end the 2017 season, coming on the heels of the 1-5 start. There was a three-game win streak to start this season, then ended by a three-game losing streak.
Four seasons, three win-streaks. Missouri has the chance to make it a fourth with a home game against Vanderbilt on Saturday.
The good vibes from Missouri’s 38-17 win over then-No. 11 Florida on Saturday haven’t worn off; that was the game we’ve been waiting for in the Barry Odom era. It was the final realization of what this team can be when it plays a consistent, cohesive, mistake-free game.
Now it’s about being that consistent in the games it should win. And to end this season, there’s three of those should-win games. Among SEC East opponents, Missouri’s best record since joining the conference has come against both Vanderbilt and Tennessee; the Tigers are 4-2 against each.
The rest of the season is about building consistency for 2018. These are the same three opponents that Missouri closed the 2017 regular season against; only one of those was close, and that as a 48-45 shootout with Arkansas in the Bret Bielema Send-off.
Most likely, at least one of these next three will be close. Maybe more. But the tenor surrounding this trio remains remarkably similar to last year. Missouri proved us wrong with what it can be in the three-touchdown win at Florida.
Now it can prove us right by going streaking to end the year.
Missouri-Vanderbilt football: Time, TV Channel, Game information
Time: 11 am ET
Date: Saturday, Nov. 10
Location: Faurot Field; Columbia, Mo.
TV: SEC Network
Missouri-Vanderbilt football: Watch online
The Missouri-Vanderbilt football game can be streamed online via WatchESPN with a valid cable/satellite provider log-in.
Missouri-Vanderbilt football: Betting line, preview, predictions
Missouri is a 16-point favorite, according to Bovada, after opening as a 14-point favorite. The point line for this game is 63 points.
Josh Matejka: If Drew Lock is playing his B+ game, Vanderbilt won’t be able to keep up, and I think last week’s win is the confidence booster Lock has been looking for. Give me Missouri, 41-24.
Mitch Hill: Drew Lock needs to show out. As he goes, this team goes. Mizzou wins and the offense keeps it rolling with a 38-17 W.
Chris Bohkay: If Mizzou can bounce back following the loss to Kentucky, I think they’ll be able to stay hungry, stay humble (shout out to Jon Rothstein) and take care of business against the Commodores, but it’s a close one. Mizzou 24 - Vandy 17.