What’s Missouri going to do this season? What’s going to happen in each game and how with the 2016 Tiger football schedule play out?
It’s a new era for Missouri football, but can things be better after a year of adversity? The schedule is going to be challenging, but it’s not bad enough to not hope for a big rebound. Check out the preseason predictions for every game.
Sept. 3 at West Virginia
Can the Mizzou defense rise up and knock down the Mountaineer offense on the road. Yeah, but it won’t be able to do it enough to get out with an impressive win. The Mountaineers will find just enough punch when needed to survive.
Preseason Prediction: West Virginia 27, Missouri 23
Sept. 10 vs. Eastern Michigan
It’s a more experienced Eastern Michigan team than it’s been in the past, and there are just enough good parts to hope for a big improvement – later. The Tiger defense will dominate throughout.
Preseason Prediction: Missouri 41, Eastern Michigan 9
Sept. 17 vs. Georgia
It’s been a tough time for Missouri against the Bulldogs over the last two seasons, and even though it’s a home game, it’s not going to get too much better. It’ll be far, far more entertaining than last year’s 9-6 Georgia win, but the results won’t be too much better for a Tiger offense that’ll struggle again.
Preseason Prediction: Georgia 23, Missouri 16
Sept. 24 vs. Delaware State
It’s get healthy time. Anything the offense needed to work out over the first few weeks gets its target practice in the paycheck game before the SEC slate really kicks in.
Preseason Prediction: Missouri 65, Delaware State 0
Oct. 1 at LSU
Can the Missouri pass rush do enough to hang around in the LSU backfield? Not quite. It’ll keep the game in check and the battle will be close throughout, but the Tiger O won’t be able to take advantage of their opportunities. It’ll be a decent loss on the road against the best team in college football.
Preseason Prediction: LSU 23, Missouri 13
Oct. 8 OPEN DATE
Oct. 15 at Florida
These two aren’t going to get into a wild and crazy shootout, but defense can be fun, too. Florida’s offense won’t go anywhere, but it’ll control the field position battle throughout and get a few clutch kicks to push ahead just enough to survive.
Preseason Prediction: Florida 20, Missouri 13
Oct. 22 vs. Middle Tennessee
It’s a dangerous post-Florida game against a scary offensive team that has the talent and experience to win the Conference USA title. The Mizzou offense will work at home, though, with enough explosive plays to have few problems after the first half.
Preseason Prediction: Missouri 40, Middle Tennessee 23
Oct. 29 vs. Kentucky
Finally, Missouri will really look the part against a decent team. Missouri will hold the UK offense to nothing while the offense will get up on a few early drives to make this a walk in the park. This is one of those SEC home games that can’t be a problem for a team with bowl hopes, and it won’t be.
Preseason Prediction: Missouri 31, Kentucky 13
Nov. 5 at South Carolina
It’s a key moment for South Carolina’s season coming off the Tennessee game and before a trip to Florida. It’ll take a big effort to come up with an ugly defensive win, but the Gamecocks will take it. Missouri will be kicking itself – it’ll have several shots to take control, and won’t be able to do it.
Preseason Prediction: South Carolina 26, Missouri 20
Nov. 12 vs. Vanderbilt
Is every Missouri game going to be a defensive battle? Yeah, sort of, considering how many defensive-minded teams are in the East. Vanderbilt will have to shorten the game by grinding out the running game and playing great D, but Missouri will come through with a few key pass plays the Commodores won’t be able to do.
Preseason Prediction: Missouri 27, Vanderbilt 13
Nov. 19 at Tennessee
After coming up with breezy wins over Tennessee Tech and Kentucky the weeks before, this won’t be a weary Volunteer team during the dog days. Missouri will play well enough to ruin the Tennessee SEC East coronation, but it’ll get outclassed in the fourth quarter by the team with more playmakers.
Preseason Prediction: Tennessee 27, Missouri 17
Nov. 26 vs. Arkansas
Both teams will be coming off interesting road games – Arkansas plays Mississippi State the weak before – but it’ll be Mizzou that comes up with the tougher, stronger performance. With bowl eligibility on the line, the Tigers will rally with a terrific game from a defense that controls the game throughout.
Preseason Prediction: Missouri 26, Arkansas 17