Hmmmm, seriously? Typing this just feels wrong. Missouri is not a Southern school. It just isn’t. Is it too late to trade the Tigers for the Virginia Tech Hokies?
Yes, it is.

Dang.

The center of the country is now the Southeast, go figure.

Ok, well apparently Missouri is now in the SEC.

2012 Missouri Preview

 

Biggest Loss

I am just going to be honesty with you, I didn’t watch Missouri once last year, they were a Big 12 school. So I have no idea who graduated that is going to be very difficult to replace. So I am going to go with Tight End Michael Egnew. He was the first Tiger taken in the NFL draft, so I am gonna trust the big league on that one.

 

Most Important Returning Player

Again, I am no expert on Missouri football. However, quarterback James Franklin appears to be a serious duel-threat for the Tigers. The senior from Lake Dallas, TX, was the leading passer and second leading rusher for the Tigers last year. I am sure he will be the centerpiece of any game plan made by opposing coaches.  Franklin ran for 981 yards, and gained another 2,865 through the air. Nearly 1,000 and 3,000 yards, those are strong numbers. Granted he hasn’t faced an SEC defense, but his performance wasn’t shabby.

 

Highest Ranked Recruit

This one is super easy: Wide Receiver Doriel Green-Beckham of  Springfield, MO. Depending on the rating service he is either, the #1, #2, or #3 recruit in the country, and he was clearly the #1 receiver in the country.  Barring something freaky, he will be at the top of the depth chart on September first.

The rich get richer, the nation’s #1 receiver comes to the nation’s #1 conference.

Most Important Off-Season Acquisition.

For Gary Pinkel to grab arguably the best high school player in the country, is a huge step for Mizzou as a program, so I am going with Green-Beckham here as well.

Biggest Game

September 8th when the Tigers host Georgia. It will be their first SEC game, and it should be a legitimate test. I think the whole country will have a better idea of how good the Tiger’s are on Sunday morning.

Projected Record

V. SE Louisiana -W

V. Georgia -L

V. Arizona St- W

@ South Carolina – L

@ Central Florida – W

V. Vanderbilt -W

V. Alabama – L

V. Kentucky -W

@ Florida – L

@ Tennessee – L

V. Syracuse – W

@ Texas A&M – W

Final Record 7-5