Missouri (4-0, 0-0) continues to look like a much better team this year, but we still don’t know a ton about the Tigers. Sure, Missouri scored at will against their non-conference foes, averaging 45.5 points and 549 yards through the first four games. But SEC play starts now with a trip to Vanderbilt this weekend. We’ll find out very soon if there was any substance to the Tigers’ fast start to the season.
Quarterback James Franklin isn’t getting any press run, but his numbers are good enough that he could become a dark horse Heisman Trophy candidate. Last week, he turned in another great performance – 289 total yards and four touchdowns. Franklin now has 1,129 passing yards and nine TDs to go along with 215 rushing yards and two more scores.
Defensively, the Tigers haven’t been that great. But they haven’t been terrible either, as evident by the team’s unblemished record. But the level of competition is about to ratchet up significantly, as the Tigers have only played one major conference opponent – Indiana – and the offenses in the SEC are better than ever this year.
What to look for in Week 6: No surprise, it’s simple: Can the Tigers win in the SEC? So far, in its one-plus seasons in the conference, Missouri has only beaten very bad Kentucky and Tennessee teams. A win in Nashville this weekend would be a big step forward for the program.