The Missouri Tigers are now just two wins away from becoming the fastest new member of the SEC to reach the conference title game. With a 48-17 win over Kentucky, the Tigers are now 9-1 overall and 5-1 in league play. Missouri didn’t look great at times and the stats weren’t spectacular, but Maty Mauk and Co. were able to make enough plays to keep their conference title hopes alive.
The Tigers have a bye next week before traveling to Ole Miss and closing out the season against Texas A&M. With a slim lead over South Carolina and Georgia, Missouri will need to win out to claim the division crown and clinch a spot in the SEC Championship Game in only its second season as a member of the league. Arkansas reached the 1994 title game in its third season in the conference.
Getting those final two wins will be anything but easy, but the Tigers could get a huge boost from the return of star quarterback James Franklin. The offense has done well in his absence, but having the senior on the field adds another dimension to an already potent Missouri attack.
Head coach Gary Pinkel opted to keep Franklin out against Kentucky, betting his team would handle the struggling Wildcats with ease, which they did. Pinkel has the luxury of two effective options at quarterback, which could be very beneficial down the stretch against two pretty good teams.
This team has bounced back nicely from the slip up against South Carolina, and if they can keep up this level of play, the Tigers will cap this impressive season with a trip to Atlanta in December.