Missouri football should be in a better position to win in 2017. The Tigers should have no problem getting at least six wins this year. Getting five wins should be easy.
In life, there are only two guarantees: Death and taxes. Sometimes, there’s a third guarantee, and that is wins. While it’s not popular to count the eggs before they hatch, sometimes the chance is irresistible.
When I checked the schedule in 2016, I believed then, that there were five teams that the Tigers could beat, and of those five – Eastern Michigan, Delaware State, Middle Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Arkansas – Missouri went 4-1.
Even if Missouri had won all five of those games, the Tigers would have still missed out on a bowl game. However, if Mizzou had a chance to play in a bowl game, it’s very possible the Tigers would have come away with a win, or at the very least a close loss.
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Late in the season, the Tigers found their stride and were playing a better brand of football, especially on defense.
Running back Damarea Crockett might have returned from suspension, and would have given any opposing defense hell.
This season, with a coaching staff in its second year, multiple players returning on both sides of the ball, and a relatively healthy squad, there’s very little chance that this team misses out on a bowl game. That also means there’s no way they can’t win these five games.
In 2017, the sky is the limit for Missouri. The Tigers have been disregarded by “experts,” and have flown under the radar quite well. Now is the time for a Tiger resurgence.