Since James Franklin’s departure from Vandy, the Commodores have fallen back into obscurity. Missouri has won three of its last five against Vanderbilt, and will look to extend its lead in 2017.
The Commodores finished the 2016 season with a 6-7 record – a losing record, but enough to be bowl eligible. Nonetheless, Missouri also beat Vandy in 2016, 26-17.
Really, since 1959, Vanderbilt’s win percentage has been on a downward trend. While Missouri’s isn’t in an upward trend, it’s been relatively consistent since 1890. While this season could go much worse for the Tigers, there’s really no main reason why Missouri should fail to at least finish with an even record.
The fact that so many have predicted Vanderbilt to finish the season better than the Tigers, has rubbed salt in the wounds of many. I predict now, that just like Notre Dame, there’s no way Vandy finishes with a better record than Missouri.
The conclusion of this game will leave the Tigers with at least five wins, meaning that Missouri’s overall record improved by at least one game from 2016, and that the Tigers, if they haven’t won at least five games before playing Vanderbilt, will have to pull its sixth win for bowl eligibility from Arkansas, in Fayetteville.
If the Tigers’ bowl hopes are held in a win over Arkansas, then this could really cement the beginning of the new-found (forced) rivalry against the Razorbacks.