1. MISSOURI WIN TOTAL PREDICTION: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
Hell hath no fury like a good football team that got hit with unfair NCAA violations.
Missouri isn’t allowed to go bowling or play in the SEC Championship, all because of a rogue tutor. The school is appealing the sanctions, but there should be a whole lot of attitude to go along with a whole lot of talent.
There are some concerns, with the defensive front needing to retool and do a whole lot more, and hoping for more production from a secondary that finished last in the SEC in yards allowed.
The special teams need to tighten up a bit, winning the turnover battle a bit more would be nice, and the penalties have to slow down. However, the team was pretty good despite all of those issues.
Did the NCAA penalties lead to a mass exodus of players? Hardly. Clemson transfer QB Kelly Bryant chose to stay, and there was only one minor defection to the transfer portal.
The O line and receiving corps are going to be terrific, the secondary is full of experience, and Bryant is a great get to instantly take over for Drew Lock and keep the O going.
Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 9
Going to Georgia will be tough, but there’s no Alabama on the slate like there was last season. After starting out at Wyoming, the Tigers don’t leave Missouri for until October 19th with a trip to Vanderbilt.
Going to Nashville isn’t that bad, and going to Kentucky isn’t an impossible task, either.
There will be a few whiffs to go along with the likely loss to Georgia, but Florida and Tennessee are home games, as are the dangerous non-conference games against West Virginia and Troy.
It’s a good schedule, a great team, and maybe – with a little luck and a change of heart from the NCAA – there could be a chance at a double-digit win season with or without a bowl game.