The 2018 spring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Missouri Tigers.
No. 47: Missouri Tigers
Spring Practice Starts: March 6
Spring Game: April 14
Missouri Tigers Spring Status
After two straight losing seasons, Mizzou started out with a disastrous 1-5 start, only to turn it around with a six-game winning streak to go bowling.
It helped that the SEC East stunk, the schedule got a whole lot easier over the second half of the season, and the offense ramped it all up. But can the program start to beat teams that aren’t awful?
The Tigers were 7-0 against teams that didn’t go bowling, and 0-6 against teams that did.
Getting QB Drew Lock back for one more year is a big start, but six starters are done on offense, and seven are done on D. This might be a young team, but it has the athleticism to be dangerous. And it has the quarterback.
Missouri Biggest Depth Chart Battle
Pass rusher. The Tigers did their part to get behind the line, but now they lose top pass rusher Marcell Frazier on one side and Jordan Harold, too. Fortunately, most of the other pass rushing producers are back, but replacing Frazier is a problem. It’ll be up to Chris Turner to step up and become a factor along with Tre Williams, who came up with three sacks last year.
Missouri Biggest Issue
The secondary has to be a whole lot better. Even with the good pass rush, the secondary didn’t do its part. Part of the problem was the pace in the games – teams had to throw to keep up. Nine teams threw for 200 yards or more, doing so way too easily. Not helping the cause, three starters have to be replaced.
Missouri Biggest Positive
Drew Lock. Leading receiver J’Mon Moore might be gone, but almost all of the other key parts of the receiving corps are back for the potential first quarterback off the 2019 NFL Draft board to throw to. After throwing for close to 4,000 yards and 44 touchdowns, Lock put up massive numbers, and now, get ready for him to do it all again.
Really, Why Are The Missouri Tigers Ranked Here?
Get ready for a whole lot of firepower from the Tiger offense, but it’ll be up to new offensive coordinator Derek Dooley to do even more with it. It’s the defense that needs the work with so many new parts, but there won’t be a whole lot defensive slugfests.
If you like last year, get ready for more of it. Lock will have to carry the team a bit, but the season will go as far as the defense can produce.