2013 Missouri Tigers Football Preview

By Scott Sergent

The Good: The good news for Missouri is they are in the same division with Kentucky.  If not, it is probable that the Tigers would finish at the bottom.  But it is not all bad as Gatorade Ohio Player of the year, QB MatyMauk, looked great in the spring, and is pushing star James Franklin, who was hurt for a good part of the season last year, for the starting QB position.

The Bad: The defense ranked near the bottom in all categories in the SEC.  Losing talented, but alligator mouthed Sheldon Richardson, will not help.

The Ugly: If you thought the defense was bad, the offense was even worse as it ranked 9th or worse in the SEC in all four major categories.

Starters Returning: 8 – Offense/ 6- Defense.

Schedule: The first four games should be a breeze for the Tigers and they should be 4-0 before they get into their SEC schedule in October.  They will find it tough once that happens as they get all six SEC East teams in a row, and end the year at Ole Miss and a home date with Texas A&M.

2013 Missouri Tigers Football Preview
Jul 16, 2013; Hoover, AL, USA: Missouri Tigers quarterback James Franklin talks with the media during the 2013 SEC football media days at the Hyatt Regency. Photo Courtesy By Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports.

Outlook: Things are not as bad as they seem in Columbia, although not as bright as in the other Columbia in the SEC East.  Gary Pinkel is feeling a little heat after last year's rude introduction to the SEC, but he has had a year to figure it out.  If the Tigers can find two wins after October, which is a possibility, this team could be in a bowl game.  If that happens, Missouri will have something to build on in 2014.

Prediction: 6th SEC East.

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Individual 2013 SEC Football Team Previews and Predictions (Listed in Order of Predicted Finish):

  1. 2013 South Carolina Gamecocks Football Preview
  2. 2013 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Preview
  3. 2013 Georgia Bulldogs Football Preview
  4. 2013 Florida Gators Football Preview
  5. 2013 Texas A&M Aggies Football Preview
  6. 2013 LSU Tigers Football Preview
  7. 2013 Ole Miss Rebels Football Preview
  8. 2013 Tennessee Volunteers Football Preview
  9. 2013 Vanderbilt Commodores Football Preview
  10. 2013 Mississippi State Bulldogs Football Preview
  11. 2013 Auburn Tigers Football Preview
  12. 2013 Missouri Tigers Football Preview
  13. 2013 Arkansas Razorbacks Football Preview
  14. 2013 Kentucky Wildcats Football Preview

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