Success on offense primarily generates from the offensive line’s ability to block and protect. In 2017, Missouri’s o-line remains largely intact. That’s great news for Lock, who was sacked a conference low 13 times last year, which was down from 25 times in 2015.
This year, I predict that number will decrease to 10. The offensive line will also be the key ingredient to Lock’s passing success this year, as well as the Tigers’ success running the ball.
The strength of the offensive line will allow the Tigers to control more games early in the season, at least until the defense is able to get on its feet.
With so many unproven athletes on the defensive side of the ball, having a solid offensive line will be a tremendous benefit to the Tigers.