Say hello to your SEC East leaders, the Missouri Tigers. Yes, you read that right. With Georgia losing at home to South Carolina and Florida losing on the road to LSU, Missouri is currently sitting atop the standings in the SEC East. With a 38-27 win over Ole Miss on Saturday night, Missouri is now the only undefeated team remaining in the SEC East.
As suspected, the defense really wasn’t the same without Cale Garrett, but still managed to come up with some big time plays. Perhaps none were bigger than the goal line stop at the end of the first half that changed the entire momentum of the game. The score was 12-7 at that point, and after that play, you could just tell things were going to go the Tigers’ way.
My offensive player of the game: Larry Rountree III– 21 carries, 126 yards, 2 TDs
My defensive player of the game: Nick Bolton with a career-high 10 tackles.
Missouri wraps up a perfect five-game home stand convincingly
Let’s face it, the only way to recover from the Wyoming loss was to win all five games on this home stand, and the Tigers did exactly that. Missouri outscored their opponents convincingly by a margin of 202-58 in that span.
And Saturday, playing in front of an announced crowd of 62,621 — the first sellout since 2014 — the Tigers did what they needed to do and delivered on the Homecoming stage. Hopefully, the fan base enjoyed this one at Faurot Field, since Missouri won’t be back home again until the November 16th game against Florida.
The SEC East is officially up for grabs
I can’t help but think this season is starting to feel like 2014. Right? An extremely frustrating loss to a not very good Indiana team and a 34-0 beat down to Georgia didn’t keep the Tigers in 2014 from winning the division. Now, I’m not ready to say that Missouri is going to win the SEC East, but everything is in play to make it a possibility. So, here we are. One upset on Saturday has dramatically changed the landscape around the SEC East, and while there’s still a long way to go and the Tigers still have to take care of their own business, they have done that so far and absolutely deserve to be commended for their performance. Missouri is control of their own destiny to finish atop of the SEC East. Yes, that was true at the start the season, but it’s even more true after Saturday’s results.
Missouri is starting to put together some impressive streaks
Mizzou now has 11 consecutive games of scoring 30 or more points— keep that up, and that’s going to win a lot of games. The Tigers have also won seven consecutive home games, and all of a sudden, Faurot Field is a tough place to play. And finally, the Tigers now have five straight games with takeaways. As we’ve learned, takeaways = victories, y’all.
What happens now? The Missouri Tigers enter the second half of the season with a 5-1 record, on a five-game winning streak, and are ranked No. 22 in the country. Saturday at Vanderbilt will mark the first time since September 26, 2015 at Kentucky that Mizzou will play a regular-season game as a ranked team.
Settle in, Missouri fans, we’re in for a fun ride.