The Missouri Tigers control their own destiny to finish atop the SEC East. Okay, that was true even before the season began, but it is even more fun to think about after Saturday’s results. You get the point.
After the Homecoming win over Ole Miss in a sellout crowd of 62,621, it seems like for the first time in his career, Barry Odom has the full support from the fan base— as he should. After the season-opening loss to Wyoming, it took five games for Missouri to get into the AP Top 25 at number 22. That’s an incredible turnaround to get back into the rankings this quickly.
As we enter the second half of the season, Barry Odom by far has his best record as Missouri’s head coach at this point. With a win on Saturday, Missouri will have won six or more games for the third consecutive season— a first since joining the SEC.
But bigger things are ahead for this Missouri team. Expectations are higher, and that is certainly a good thing.
There’s a long way to go, and a lot still needs to happen, but Missouri’s path to finishing atop of the SEC East might not involve needing to sweep Georgia and Florida. Missouri controls their own destiny to finish atop the SEC East, but they do not control their own destiny to make it to the SEC Championship Game, and that ultimately sucks.
Let’s not worry about that right now.
All of a sudden, Missouri has only a guaranteed six games remaining on this season’s schedule. Only six guaranteed games left for Kelly Bryant in a Missouri Tiger uniform, and only two more games at Faurot Field (how did that happen?).
This is a Missouri team that just finished off a perfect five-game home stand, is 19-7 in their last 26 games, and is playing their best football under Barry Odom. They won’t play their next home game until November 16th against Florida. Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself here, but could that be a potential College Gameday game?
At the moment, Missouri is ranked and currently leads the SEC East. That’s a big deal for this program, as it should be – so enjoy it for now. Not only is this team really good, but they’re fun to watch and extremely likable. I mean, Brandon Kiley pointed that out before the season even started. And he’s right.
It’s time to get on board with this Missouri team. Things are really fun right now, so let’s keep it that way.