No one in Columbia is wishing the Missouri Tigers (2-0, 0-0) had opened the season with some more attractive matchups. A year ago, the Tigers were in the midst of a tough stretch that included two SEC games. A pair of conference losses in September put the Tigers behind early and they never recovered on their way to a 5-7 season.
But with four non-conference games to start out the season, the Tigers have a chance to gain some early-season momentum not afforded to them last year. And you don’t hear anyone in black and gold complaining, either. By Week 3 last season, quarterback James Franklin was battling injuries and Missouri had already been beaten soundly by Georgia, 41-20, and on the verge of its second loss – a 31-10 thrashing by South Carolina in Week 4. The Tigers could not rebound from the tough 2-2 start and went on to lose five of the last eight games.
Things are looking much better so far, but the hardest tests are still ahead. Missouri has games against five currently ranked teams remaining on its schedule this season.
What to look for in Week 4: Can Missouri make it out of September unbeaten? If the Tigers take down Indiana (2-1, 0-0) this weekend and Arkansas State next week, the Tigers will be 4-0 when they open conference play Oct. 5 at Vanderbilt (1-2, 0-2).