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Mizzou Football: Easy 2021 schedule could result in SEC East title

Dec 12, 2020; Columbia, Missouri, USA; Missouri Tigers mascot Truman performs during the first half against the Georgia Bulldogs at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 12, 2020; Columbia, Missouri, USA; Missouri Tigers mascot Truman performs during the first half against the Georgia Bulldogs at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mizzou football’s 2021 schedule was released and the Tigers should be able to make some noise in the SEC East next season. 

After the COVID-19 pandemic forced the NCAA to switch up schedules to conference-only, the Missouri Tigers went from a relatively easy schedule to a three-game stretch that saw them play Alabama, Tennessee, and LSU back-to-back-to-back. MU was blown out by Bama, lost to Tennessee, and then shockingly beat the defending champion LSU Tigers (but as we saw, LSU wasn’t the same team as they had been the previous season).

Still, when the 2020 season was wrapped up, Missouri fans were pretty happy with the end result. Eliah Drinkwitz impressed as a first-year head coach, leading the Tigers to a 5-5 record. Considering how stacked that schedule was, Drinkwitz did well.

Missouri won’t only play SEC teams in 2021 (assuming COVID is a little more out of control) and their non-conference opponents will come against Central Michigan, SEMO, Boston College, and North Texas. Their SEC games will be against the usual opponents of Kentucky, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, and Arkansas while also facing Texas A&M.

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Mizzou football has a relatively easy schedule in 2021 so it’s time for Eliah Drinkwitz to prove he can take this program to the next level.

The toughest games on tap for this year are against Texas A&M, Georgia, and Florida, who all finished the 2020 season ranked in the top 25. It’s possible the Tigers lose to any of those teams, but otherwise, they should be able to finish the year with a respectable record and could even push for the SEC East title. Yes, over both Georgia and Florida.

Hopefully, college football can have a full schedule in 2021 and it won’t be limited to just conference-play. The Tigers really had a raw deal when they had to start their season against Alabama and we saw that they weren’t anywhere close to the Crimson Tide’s level, but no one expected them to be.

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The Missouri Tigers haven’t won the SEC East since 2014 when they got the doors blown off of them by Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. If the Tigers can finally get over the hurdle that is Georgia, the SEC East could very easily be theirs for the taking.