It’s never too early to take a look at 2020 for Mizzou football.
On Tuesday, the Missouri men’s basketball team released part of its upcoming schedule. On Wednesday, the football team announced its schedule for next season.
The Tigers will open up the season Saturday, Sept. 5 against Central Arkansas in a home contest. This year, Mizzou opens up the year on the road, but a season-opener like the one in 2020 is more the norm in Columbia.
Next year’s schedule isn’t as odd as this season’s. The Tigers play five straight home games coming up this fall, and don’t travel on the road for nearly 50 days.
But next year, it’s back to normal. There isn’t a three-game streak of home or away for the Tigers.
After their matchup against Central Arkansas, Mizzou moves on to its SEC opener against Vanderbilt.
A week later, Mizzou travels on the road for its first contest away from Faurot Field when it battles South Carolina. The Tigers’ September schedule wraps up with a home game against Eastern Michigan.
Mizzou’s October and early November slate will be tough next season.
The Tigers have back-to-back road games against Tennessee at BYU before coming home to play Georgia and Kentucky. A bye week follows, which will be Halloween, before their November slate gets going (hopefully we can continue to say the Tigers have a November winning streak).
Mizzou plays Mississippi State in Starkville and Florida in Gainesville to open up November before its final two home games — Louisiana and Arkansas.
Here is the whole schedule:
One thing that stands out is the Louisiana game. Missouri hasn’t played a non-conference game that late in the season since its inaugural year in the SEC, a Week 11 game against Syracuse.
In fact, most seasons since joining the SEC, Mizzou finishes with four or more straight conference games. This year, Missouri wraps up the season with seven straight games in conference.
And getting a conference start so early is a little unordinary, but not unheard of.
In 2012, the Tigers played Georgia in Week 2. And in 2017, they played South Carolina that same week. Needless to say, both were losses.
Hopefully next year they will break that streak with a Week 2 conference game against Vanderbilt.
The 2020 team could be led by TCU transfer quarterback Shawn Robinson. The junior is set to sit out this year because of transfer rules. Missouri has QB Kelly Bryant just for one year.
Other players who could be looked on for big-time roles include Jalen Knox, Kam Scott, Tyler Badie and some fresh faces on defense.
But that’s a long time away from now. A whole season away.