October is here, and it is arguably the best month of the year. October is the only month where all four major professional sports are ongoing, with college football in full swing, and college basketball also right around the corner.
In the state of Missouri, the St. Louis Blues started the 2019-20 season last night by raising their Stanley Cup Championship banner, while the St. Louis Cardinals start their postseason run in the NLDS against the Atlanta Braves tonight. On the west side of the state, the Kansas City Chiefs are also full-tilt into their season, currently sitting undefeated at 4-0, and considered a Super Bowl contender.
And, of course, Barry Odom and the Missouri Tigers are into the meat of their schedule and looking to get back into the Top 25. Kelly Bryant has been as good as advertised, and the defense is starting to shine at the right time.
Sitting at 3-1 (1-0 SEC) on the season, Missouri has four games coming in the month of October— Troy, Ole Miss, at Vanderbilt, and at Kentucky. Everything they want to achieve is there for the taking and they can’t afford to lose any momentum. It all kicks off Saturday against Troy to get into what could be a really fun month of October.
Barry Odom has something to prove.
Everyone has talked about his 0-7 record coming off of a regular-season bye week — including Odom himself — and October (3-9) has statistically been his worst month. Odom can change that narrative starting with a big win on Saturday, and the excitement around this fan base would certainly be back with an evening Homecoming game looming against Ole Miss the following week.
As Missouri nears the end of this five-game home stand, Odom and his Tigers have taken care of business so far, but as we near the halfway point of the season, Odom has the opportunity to show the improvement from his program that fans still remain skeptical of.
After being 2-4 at the halfway point in 2016, 1-5 at the halfway point in 2017, and 3-3 at the halfway point last season, you can’t ask for a better opportunity to potentially be 7-1 heading into the Georgia game.
With wins against Troy and Ole Miss, Missouri has the chance to prove they’re heading into the right direction.
What else might be coming this month? For better or worse, it may be the much anticipated decision on Missouri’s appeal to the NCAA. Sterk and the Athletic department have long believed the decision on the appeal from the NCAA could come at any point in October.
So October has the chance to be really fun for Barry Odom and Missouri, but it just has to start Saturday against Troy.