The Missouri Tigers released their 2014 football schedule over the past week, and, as every SEC schedule is, it is loaded with tough games.
Aug. 30: vs South Dakota State
Sept. 6: at Toledo
Sept. 13: vs Central Florida
Sept. 20: vs Indiana
Sept. 27: at South Carolina
Oct. 11: vs Georgia
Oct. 18: at Florida
Oct. 25: vs Vanderbilt
Nov. 1: vs Kentucky
Nov. 15: at Texas A&M
Nov. 22: at Tennessee
Nov. 29: vs Arkansas
Mizzou get’s the return game from Indian which should make their non-conference schedule a little easier in 2014 than it is this season – and this season’s non-conference schedule isn’t very tough. An interesting note is the Central Florida game given Gary Pinkel’s desire to improve recruiting in Florida. Even though the game is in Columbia, it would seem the UCF game is as much about exposure and recruiting in Florida as is does trying to find a solid non-conference win.
The gauntlet of the schedule is from September 9 to October 10 when Missouri will play at South Carolina, Georgia, at Florida, and Vanderbilt. USC, Georgia, and Florida are difficult for all the obvious reasons, but Vanderbilt may be considered by many to not have inclusion on this list.
I’ll put it this way: Until James Franklin is no longer the coach at Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt will be a losable game for anyone not named Alabama, LSU, and Florida. While Missouri is certainly capable of beating Vanderbilt, it should not be looked at as an automatic win the same way a game against Kentucky should be.
Still, if Missouri can get a strong recruiting class in before the 2014 season, there are some wins out there to be had for the Tigers.
What are your thoughts on the Tigers 2014 schedule?