The Missouri Tigers are headed into their fourth season as members of the SEC. So far the team has seen tremendous success in the SEC (well at least the Missouri Tigers football team has, the basketball team… meh) and 2015 should be no different.
The 2015 Missouri Tigers football team will kick off their season on September 5th against SEMO in Columbia. The Tigers will be led by head coach Gary Pinkel, who is entering his 15th season as the head coach of Mizzou. Maty Mauk will be the starting quarterback for the team and hopefully will play with a little more consistency than he did in 2014.
Sure, Mauk was great times, but he also had some pretty awful games for the Tigers in 2014. During Mizzou’s home game against the Georgia Bulldogs last year, Mauk passed for less than 100 yards and threw four picks in that disaster of a game for the Tigers.
Expect the Tigers to once again have one of the best defenses in all of NCAA Football even with Markus Golden and Shane Ray taking off for the NFL.
South Bound & Down
The Tigers will kick off their 2015 campaign at home against the SEMO Redhawks and will continue facing non-conference foes until the fourth week of the NCAA season. The next two weeks will see the Tigers traveling to Jonesboro, Arkansas to face Arkansas State before returning home to host the UConn Huskies.
SEC play will begin the next week, September 26th to be exact, in Lexington, Kentucky to play the Wildcats. The Kentucky Wildcats may be one of the best SEC basketball programs recently, but their football team is not good in the least bit. Mizzou should be able to go 4-0 to this point.
The first real challenge for Missouri will be the next week when they host the South Carolina Gamecocks at home. Last year Mizzou beat the Gamecocks, but the year before was when the Tigers blew a 17 point lead when Andrew Baggett missed a chip shot field goal and let South Carolina steal a victory.
The Gamecocks will not be an easy test especially so early on in the season and things won’t get easier from there. The Tigers host a second straight game the following week only against the Florida Gators. Florida fell apart last season with Jeff Driskell missing most of the season, but this year should see Florida being a competitive team again. Don’t write this one off as a win for Missouri just yet.
While this season won’t be a cake walk, the Tigers are looking to win their third straight SEC East title.
The following week will see the Tigers traveling to Georgia to face the big time Bulldogs. While Georgia wasn’t as scary of an opponent last year for most teams, they sure had Mizzou’s number when the time came. As mentioned above, Mauk struggled against Georgia last year and the Bulldogs ran away with the game, shutting out the Tigers 34-0 at home. To make matters worse, Georgia won this game without heavy duty running back Todd Gurley.
Missouri should be able to win against Vanderbilt the following week and then have an open week on Halloween. After that the Tigers face Mississippi State in Columbia, which will be a tough game, and then will play the BYU Cougars at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Tigers will close out the season with a home game against Tennessee and then on the road against Arkansas.
While this season won’t be a cake walk, the Tigers are looking to win their third straight SEC East title. Both times that Mizzou has won and advanced to the SEC Championship Game, they’ve lost to those pesky schools in Alabama. Alabama and Auburn are both going to be good in 2015 and it’s very likely that Mizzou could face them again in the Championship game.
That might be jumping the gun honestly though. Georgia and South Carolina are both tough SEC East teams and very well could give the Tigers a run for their money.
Personally, I’ll be watching more Missouri football this year than usual due to Marquise Doherty being a member of their team. Doherty went to Winnetonka High School, which is where I attended high school (obviously he’s a few years behind me) and it’s pretty cool that he’s going to be playing football for a big college. When I went to Winnetonka, the school was a joke in most sports, so it’s cool to see someone doing good things from the athletic programs there.
Hopefully Doherty can have a hand in helping the Missouri Tigers win their third straight SEC East title.
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