Where is the Missouri football team in the 2021 preseason SP+ rankings? How do the Tigers stack up heading into this season?
The 2021 Missouri football season is just around the corner and Eliah Drinkwitz is getting set for his second season leading the Tigers. Mizzou has some interesting players on its roster and a tough SEC schedule, so what will this year look like for the Tigers?
Unfortunately for Missouri football fans, there’s a chance that this could be a bit of a rough season. Of course, there’s always the chance that Mizzou performs better than expected.
When looking at ESPN’s Bill Connelly’s SP+ preseason rankings, Missouri football fans may not be thrilled about where the Tigers sit. Heading into 2021, the Tigers are No. 59 overall out of 130 teams.
According to the SP+ preseason rankings, Missouri’s offense is ranked at No. 71, which isn’t great, and the Tigers’ defense is currently ranked No. 53, which also isn’t great.
So, yeah, the Tigers aren’t exactly standing out right now, at least not in these rankings.
Missouri football: Where do Tigers stand in Bill Connelly’s preseason SP+ rankings?
It’s going to be interesting to see just how good Missouri does this season. The Tigers weren’t exactly consistent or great a season ago, but Drinkwitz has been able to get a full offseason with his team now. There’s a very real chance that Mizzou will improve a considerably amount in 2021 because of that.
Plus, it doesn’t hurt that three of the seven teams in the SEC East are breaking in some new coaching staffs. Having some coaching turnover and a bit of instability at Vanderbilt, Tennessee, and South Carolina could lead to three very winnable games for the Tigers this coming season.
But, we’ll see how things pan out.
For more information about Connelly’s SP+ analytics math fun or the 2021 preseason rankings that system cranked out, click here.