Game-By-Game Predictions for Missouri's 2014 Season
But they did that and then some en route to a 12-2 record which allowed them to claim the SEC East title in the process.
Gary Pinkel's team caught everyone off guard by boasting an unstoppable offense that outscored just about anyone in the nation. Even when quarterback James Franklin went down with an injury, backup Maty Mauk stepped in and didn't allow the offense to miss a beat.
It'll be Mauk in the starter role this season, but unfortunately for him, he won't have the weapons that he had a year ago. Missouri has to replace its top three receivers from a year ago, and running back Henry Josey is also gone as well.
Needless to say, there's plenty of uncertainty surrounding this team right now. But how do we see things shaking out for the Tigers when fall rolls around?
Let's run down the schedule and predict how Mauk and company will fare next season.
8/30/14 - vs. South Dakota State (WIN)
This is a nice way to start off the new season, especially considering that this offense will need to find chemistry early on in order to build themselves up for SEC play.
9/6/14 - at Toledo (WIN)
The Rockets won seven games last season and gave Mizzou a pretty good game in Columbia. Don't be surprised if it's closer than the experts think, but the Tigers still win.
9/13/14 - vs. UCF (LOSS)
Is Central Florida a one-hit wonder? Not quite. Losing Blake Bortles obviously hurts, however, there's a ton of talent returning on this team. The Knights' defense shines and helps UCF seal the victory.
9/20/14 - vs. Indiana (WIN)
After a tough home loss to the Knights, the Tigers bounce back with a blowout win over an Indiana team that simply can't equal the talent for Mizzou.
9/27/14 - at South Carolina (LOSS)
Talk about a brutal SEC opener. Last year's game between these two was one of the best SEC games of the year. This one won't be though. South Carolina takes care of business in dominant fashion.
10/11/14 - vs. Georgia (LOSS)
Talk about a brutal second game in the conference. Georgia should be the best team in the East, and although the Tigers will keep it close due to home-field advantage, the Bulldogs are the better team.
10/18/14 - at Florida (LOSS)
Talk about a brutal third game in the conference. I'm sensing a theme here. Seriously, this is a ridiculously tough stretch to start conference play. And it'll be the third loss in a row for Pinkel's squad.
10/25/14 - vs. Vanderbilt (WIN)
This game won't be easy, either. After losing three straight, the Tigers will rise to the occasion and stop the losing streak with a win over a solid Vanderbilt team.
11/1/14 - vs. Kentucky (WIN)
While Kentucky will be better, it's going to be a chore for them to win road games in the SEC. I can't see that happening here, as Mizzou's defense will shut down a struggling Wildcat offense.
11/15/14 - at Texas A&M - (LOSS)
To recap, the Tigers will have played at South Carolina, at Florida, and at Texas A&M after this game. Those aren't fun trips. It really won't be fun when the Aggies put up a lot of points in a somewhat comfortable victory.
11/22/14 - at Tennessee (LOSS)
Let's add Knoxville to the challenging SEC road slate. Butch Jones should have the Vols in a groove by this point, as the young talent will be experienced enough to knock off Mizzou.
11/29/14 - vs. Arkansas (WIN)
There's a good chance that the Razorbacks will give SEC teams fits this season, but they may still struggle to accumulate victories. This should be a fun game that goes down to the wire. Mauk throws a late touchdown pass to send Mizzou bowling.
Missouri 2014 Projected Record: 6-6 (3-5)
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