Missouri Tigers 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook
Missouri Tigers 2016 Preview
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The Missouri Tigers won just five games last season and head into this year with a new head coach in Barry Odom. This is the first time Missouri will be without Gary Pinkel since 2000 and the school hasn’t missed back-to-back bowl appearances since 2001-02.
Here is your 2016 Missouri Tigers college football preview.
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Offense: Missouri’s offense was ranked dead last in the SEC last season, so it’s going to be interesting if things improve under Josh Heupel. The one thing that could help take this offense out of the basement is quarterback Drew Lock completing better than 49 percent of his passes. Lock had bright spots last season but also had eight interceptions to four touchdowns and struggled to throw accurate footballs. Another issue is that the Tigers have to replace pretty much an entire offensive line. The good news is that Missouri has a pair of talented receivers in J'Mon Moore and Nate Brown, a duo that combined for more than 600 receiving yards and seven touchdowns last season. The Tigers also have a strong running back duo in Natereace Strong and Ish Witter.
Defense: Missouri had the second best defense in the SEC last season and should be able to hold its own once again with so much talent returning. The Tigers butter their bread with the defensive line, as Charles Harris, Walter Brady and Terry Beckner Jr. form one of the best units in the country. Missouri had 106 tackles for loss last season and should continue to get relentless pressure up front. The second line of defense is also in good hands with linebackers Donavin Newsom and Michael Scherer returning for their senior seasons. The secondary will see some changes, but Aarion Penton is a cornerback who had eight pass deflections and Anthony Sherrils finished third on the team in tackles.
Special Teams: Corey Fatony returns at punter after averaging 42.9 yards on 81 attempts. Freshman Tucker McCann is expected to replace kicker Andrew Baggett.
Outlook: The Missouri Tigers are going to compete in every game this season thanks to a defense that’s one of the best in the country. However, like last season, wins aren’t going to come unless Lock can improve an offense that was 125th in the country. Only Boston College, Kent State and UCF averaged less yards per game than Missouri last season. If the Tigers can find some offense, they can compete for an SEC East title. If not, Missouri will limp towards barely clinching a bowl appearance.
Sept. 3 at West Virginia
Sept. 10 Eastern Michigan
Sept. 17 Georgia
Sept. 24 Delaware State
Oct. 1 at LSU
Oct. 8 OPEN DATE
Oct. 15 at Florida
Oct. 22 Middle Tenn
Oct. 29 Kentucky
Nov. 5 at South Carolina
Nov. 12 Vanderbilt
Nov. 19 at Tennessee
Nov. 26 Arkansas