Missouri Football: Tigers predicted to fare better than some expect

COLUMBIA, MO - NOVEMBER 2: L'Damian Washington
COLUMBIA, MO - NOVEMBER 2: L'Damian Washington /

Missouri struggled to win football games over the last two seasons. How likely will the Tigers make at least six wins in 2017?

Predicting the outcome of a team’s season isn’t always easy. Many factors are weighed to come to as accurate a conclusion as possible, and even then things can go awry.

Much of the offseason has been spent bashing Missouri, even including whether the school lives up to its SEC billing – if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it’s probably a duck.

After a recent boost in recruiting commits, there’s no reason the Tigers shouldn’t be able to earn at least six wins in 2017. On Sunday, we offered five games that Missouri should win in 2017.

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Various sources have offered the Tigers very little mercy, allowing for a five win season, and ranking Mizzou dead last in pre-season polls, behind the likes of Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

I’ll give the Volunteers an extremely generous benefit of the doubt, but Vandy? Really? I digress. While Missouri’s time as an SEC school has been spent proving the doubters wrong, at least one source is getting it right.

On Monday, USA Today released its prediction on how each FBS program will finish the 2017 season. As expected, Alabama finishes atop the SEC West, but surprisingly, Georgia finishes atop the East.

An even bigger surprise, Tennessee is predicted to finish third, ahead of Missouri. Again, I’ll give the Vols benefit of the doubt, but I also believe it’s more likely that Missouri finishes in third place.

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While I don’t necessarily agree with the season-ending placement, I can’t argue with the Tigers finishing the season with a 7-5 record.