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What to expect from Mizzou going forward

Missouri’s dominant 41-0 victory over the Vanderbilt Commodores was a statement victory and the perfect stepping stone for the rest of the season.

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Today’s victory was Missouri’s first shutout since beating Arkansas 38-0 back in 2018. Missouri is officially above .500 for the first time since week three of last year’s season and it’s likely that today’s win will help fuel the Tigers for the remainder of the season.

After brutally commanding the Commodores on both sides of the ball for a full 60 minutes, Missouri moves to 4-3 in their conference-only slate.

Many believed it would be stretching expectations to say that this team would win more than three games all season. Now, these Tigers have a very real possibility of winning six or even seven games to cap off this bizarre season.

The re-emergence of LG Xavier Delgado and RT Larry Borom not only contributed to today’s dominant performance, but revamped the entire Tiger offense going forward. The Tiger’s offensive line dealt nothing but destruction all afternoon against a beaten and bruised Commodore defense.

The evidence is in the game stats: Larry Rountree III had a monster day on the ground, rushing for 160 yards and three touchdowns. His hard work was complemented nicely by Tyler Badie, who had 102 yards on short route receptions.

Quarterback Connor Bazelak mentioned postgame how nice it is to only have to throw the ball 2 yards past the line of scrimmage and then let the versatility of Tyler Badie take care of the rest.

In addition to his seven receptions, Badie had a rushing touchdown as well. Missouri’s dynamic duo in the backfield was certainly the leading factor to putting points on the scoreboard all game.

The future looks bright.

Not to get too ahead of ourselves, but if you look at the remainder of Missouri’s schedule, the Tigers look pretty decent in every matchup.

Next week’s Arkansas rivalry game should be competitive. The Razorbacks are coming off a tough 24-27 loss to LSU and a bye week, so it’s likely that they’ll be hungry for a win. However, Missouri has had Arkansas’ number since 2016, and after two wins in the last two weeks, you’d think the Tigers would be able to keep things rolling, especially with players returning from injury.

The rest of the schedule hasn’t technically been finalized, however it’s very likely that the opponents will be Georgia, whose game was postponed, and Mississippi State.

You can never assume a Missouri victory to be guaranteed, but I think Missouri could definitely pull 2 of the 3 remaining games to finish the season off 6-4. If that’s the case, I’m giving Eli Drinkwitz a hug and a nice big bonus check.

6-4 in his first season with a ten game SEC schedule is incredibly impressive; I don’t care who you are.