ESPN’s Football Power Index is giving the Tigers a decent chance at having a winning year during the 2021 Missouri football season.
Heading into the second season of the Eliah Drinkwitz era of Missouri football, the Mizzou Tigers are poised to have a pretty solid year. This is a team that’s coming off of a solid 5-5 campaign that featured a first year head coach and was in a pandemic.
All things considered, Missouri football fans should be happy with the way their favorite program looks at the moment. Prior to the start of the upcoming season, ESPN’s Football Power Index is predicting the Tigers to have a pretty solid year in 2021.
Sure, ESPN’s FPI doesn’t give Mizzou any chance to win out or really much of a chance to win the SEC (just a 0.2% chance at the moment), but neither of those truly seem realistic for this program with where it stands right now.
Those objectives are a few years out for a program that is working on steadily building towards success.
Missouri football: ESPN’s Football Power Index projects the Tigers to win 6.5 games in 2021
At the moment, ESPN’s FPI is giving the Tigers a shot at winning 6.5 games this year. Mizzou is ranked 46th overall and is favored to win (having a better than 50% shot at winning, according to FPI) six games this season.
According to FPI, here are the games the Tigers have a good shot at winning:
- 9/4/21 vs. Central Michigan – 79.5%
- 9/18/21 vs. Southeast Missouri State – 97.5%
- 10/2/21 vs. Tennessee – 59.1%
- 10/9/21 vs. North Texas – 84%
- 10/30/21 at Vanderbilt – 80.6%
- 11/13/21 vs. South Carolina – 70.2%
And here are the games ESPN’s FPI expects Mizzou to lose this year:
- 9/11/21 at Kentucky – 37%
- 9/25/21 at Boston College – 40.4%
- 10/16/21 vs. Texas A&M – 20.5%
- 11/6/21 vs. Georgia – 10.1%
- 11/20/21 vs. Florida – 29.4%
- 11/26/21 vs. Arkansas – 36.1%
Of course, there isn’t a guarantee here that Missouri will go 6-6. It’s not certain that the Tigers will beat the six teams the FPI is projecting them to beat or lose to the six teams it expects them to lost to.
Upsets are always possible and Drinkwitz has proven to be a pretty good head coach. Plus, those games against Boston College, Kentucky, and Arkansas are all winnable games for the Missouri football team this year.