Missouri's 2016 season is officially out, and it's a doozy. It pulls off an impressive combination of seven home games and one hell of a road slate.
- September 3: at West Virginia
- September 10: Eastern Michigan
- September 17: Georgia
- September 24: Delaware State
- October 1: at LSU
- October 15: at Florida
- October 22: Middle Tennessee (Homecoming)
- October 29: Kentucky
- November 5: at South Carolina
- November 12: Vanderbilt
- November 19: at Tennessee
- November 25/26: Arkansas
Some quick reactions:
- The tradeoff with SEC scheduling is obvious -- important conference games begin early in the season, which means non-conference contests smattered throughout the year. I've always preferred the scheduling approach Missouri has mostly been able to import from the Big 12: most or all non-con games in September, important games later on. Next year changes that. Mizzou plays Georgia in Week 3 and LSU in Week 5, which means MTSU wraps up non-conference play in Week 8 ... where Mizzou's Homecoming is scheduled to land. Boo.
- West Virginia, LSU, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee. That's a pretty impressive road slate.
- The Beef had mentioned wanting to catch LSU later in the year, when he'd be more capable of going. I wanted LSU later in the year when maybe Leonard Fournette would be running out of fumes (yes, wishful thinking). It's probably good to get a bye week the week after playing LSU, but regardless, the trip to Baton Rouge comes up pretty early on.
- Missouri will always be the team that beat WVU out for an SEC bid, but WVU will get a chance for retribution. Here's to hoping the Mizzou offense has figured some things out by then.
- I'm hoping to take a look at next year's two-deep soon; now we have a schedule to keep in mind when I do.