While few games come easily in the SEC, the Missouri football team is head and shoulders above some of its 2021 opponents.
It is a simple fact; not all football programs are built the same. The best football program in the nation, Alabama, shares a conference with one of the worst, Vanderbilt. Both have their strengths and weaknesses, but looking at a team’s schedule, some games jump out as an easy win.
Without a snap taken or a whistle blown, this fact is no different for the Missouri football team.
Will fans root for the Tigers, win or lose? Of course. Will Faurot Field be packed to the brim in 2021? Of course. Will Missouri win out, winning the SEC and College Football Playoff? Probably not.
Just in case you wanted to place a bet on it though, the Tigers have +25,000 odds of winning the national championship. This is right behind the Arkansas State Red Wolves and Western Michigan Broncos. Saying that a national championship season is a long shot is an understatement.
While that is the case, the Missouri football team continues to build under head coach Eliah Drinkwitz, who is entering his second year.
The roster has holes and inexperience in some positions, but the Missouri football team is led by 2020 first-team All-SEC defensive end Trajan Jeffcoat and 2020 SEC Co-Freshman of the Year quarterback Connor Bazelak. The Tigers are projected to finish fourth in the SEC East, behind Georgia, Florida, and Kentucky.
There is room to improve on that prediction if the Tigers take advantage of easier games on the 2021 schedule. Most important, those easier games provide growth and confidence heading into ket matchups against SEC East foes.