Mizzou football takes its first bye of the season this week.
Mizzou football heads into its first bye week with a 3-1 record and sits in the “Others Receiving Votes” category in the Associated Press Top 25.
That doesn’t sit well with many fans because of the high expectations the 2019 season brought. Remember, Missouri was just one sport outside of the rankings, the highest team with votes that wasn’t ranked in the preseason poll. They’ve dropped a few spots since then, and that is because of the Week 1 loss.
But while a 3-1 record isn’t perfect, it’s OK given how the Tigers have performed in Weeks 2-4.
The Tigers took home the Mayor’s Cup with last weekend’s win over South Carolina. We’ll take it. That’s a 1-0 start in the SEC for the first time for coach Barry Odom. And the Tigers haven’t been on the right side of the Gamecocks rivalry since Gary Pinkel was at the helm.
In October, hopefully the Tigers can increase that 1-0 start in the SEC.
Mizzou’s defense has been one of the best units in the country, and the offense hasn’t played too bad either. The Tigers take their first bye week at a good time as Mizzou prepares for a harder month ahead.
The Tigers get a bit of a break from the SEC with Troy coming to Columbia directly after this week’s bye. Then after that, it’s strictly SEC football until bowl season — which Mizzou should be a part of, right? #makeitright
Now is a good break for Mizzou. The Tigers don’t have a lot of injuries, but getting their left tackle Yasir Durant healthy would be key for this week. Also, starting defensive end Trajan Jeffcoat, who hasn’t played all season, could return in two weeks for Mizzou.
Mizzou takes its second bye in the first week of November before playing present-day top-10 teams Georgia on Nov. 9 and Florida on Nov. 16.