Missouri (5-0, 1-0) can win in the SEC, and win big. Quarterback James Franklin threw four touchdowns as the Tigers squashed any doubts about their nonconference success with a crushing 51-28 victory at Vanderbilt last week. Franklin is quickly becoming a contender for the Heisman Trophy and Missouri a serious player in the SEC East. Last year, the Tigers struggled through a 5-7 season in which he was hampered by injuries.
Franklin finished 19-for-28 for 278 yards passing and added another 63 yards on the ground, and Missouri coach Gary Pinkel, who opened a season 5-0 for the fifth time in 13 seasons, reinforced his importance to this team.
“James has been around a little bit. If he had stayed healthy last year, he would have played like this,” Pinkel said. “This doesn’t surprise me. I loved him last year. I’m very proud of him … He is playing with some of the best quarterbacks, I think it’s fair to say that.”
Franklin guided Missouri on scoring drives on its first six possessions, which resulted in three touchdowns and three field goals. Missouri out-gained the Commodores 285-97 in the first half while taking a 30-7 lead.
And the rest of the teams in the East division should be taking note – these Tigers are here to win.
What to look for in Week 7: Missouri has already matched its wins total from a year ago, now it’s time to find out if the Tigers can take down one of the SEC’s blue bloods – No. 7 Georgia. The Bulldogs are reeling from a laundry list of injuries to key players and could be ripe for an upset this week. Despite the fact Georgia is depleted at the moment, a win this week would be a game-changer for the Tigers, which were 0-5 against ranked SEC opponents last season.