Missouri Tigers prepare for ‘softer’ portion of schedule

COLUMBIA, MO - SEPTEMBER 23: Linebacker Cale Garrett
COLUMBIA, MO - SEPTEMBER 23: Linebacker Cale Garrett /

It’s been a couple of interesting days, as the Missouri Tigers prepare for what many believe to be their ‘softer’ schedule of conference opponents.

We’ll have our Florida preview later this week, but things are looking up a little more for Tigers coach Barry Odom, as he prepares his squad for the last quarter of their schedule.

This week, Missouri faces the now Jim McElwain-less Florida Gators. McElwain, who recently vacated his position – whether voluntarily or otherwise – probably wouldn’t have made a difference for the three-win Gators.

Florida has since replaced McElwain with former associate head coach, Randy Shannon, who has opened up the Gators’ quarterback job to the best competitor. This could be prime opportunity for the Tigers defense to take advantage of a situation where Florida is trying to figure out who to start at the position.

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If nothing else, Florida’s uncertainty at quarterback might help mask a terrible Missouri defensive secondary.

The Gators may have to make more use of its running game while trying to figure out the quarterback situation, which could work better for Missouri’s defensive front.

On offense, Missouri is set up more favorably to make this a good game, as the Tigers have Drew Lock and some talent at running back and in the receiving core. However, Lock’s worst games have come against conference opponents.

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Missouri rounds out its home slate against Tennessee, which has been announced to be a night game. This week’s contest is scheduled as a ‘black out’ game, which should be interesting, since the game is scheduled for a 12 p.m. kickoff.