A 72-43 scoreline on Saturday undoubtedly had Missouri fans doing a double-take. Had Michael Porter Jr. and the Tigers’ suddenly-loaded basketball team already begun their resurrection campaign?
Not at all. Instead, it was the football team going blow-for-blow with Missouri State, trailing 35-34 late in the first half before pulling away over the final 35 minutes.
Yes, Missouri State. The Bears of Springfield. An FCS team.
By comparison, Missouri gave up 45 points to FCS teams over the previous five years — combined.
Needless to say, the Tigers brought up the rear in the inaugural 2017 SEC Country Power Poll, consisting of 26 voters.
Of course, for all the doom-and-gloom surrounding Columbia, the Tigers still emerged from Week 1 with a win, just like 11 other SEC teams. The two teams that started with a loss, however, were Florida and Texas A&M; at least they can say they played Power 5 opponents.
There’s good news, though. Missouri’s offense looked downright terrifying on Saturday, and Drew Lock set school records in single-game passing yards (521) and passing touchdowns (7). RB Damarea Crockett started 2017 where he left off his freshman campaign, running for 202 yards and 2 touchdowns on 18 carries.
He should have had a third one, too, if not for a celebration penalty that was, at the least, questionable.
But that defense, though. It was an NCAA Football video game on auto sim — just big play after big play. Missouri gave up three plays of at least 64 yards, and surrendered 492 yards to Missouri State.
“I looked at [the film] as soon as I got out of the press conference game day,” Missouri coach Barry Odom said, “was able to come up and start looking at the video and as bad as it seemed on the field, it was that bad on video.”
Now, things get serious for Missouri REAL fast. The Tigers host South Carolina on Saturday, and the Gamecocks enter after a physical 35-28 win over N.C. State. South Carolina boasts a plethora of weapons including QB Jake Bentley and WR Deebo Samuel. If Missouri’s secondary was gashed by an FCS team, what could the Gamecocks do on Saturday?
Your Week 1 Power Rankings
|1||Alabama (1 - 0)||338||26||1||1|
|2||Auburn (1 - 0)||297||0||2||4|
|3||LSU (1 - 0)||292||0||2||5|
|4||Georgia (1 - 0)||260||0||3||6|
|5||South Carolina (1 - 0)||203||0||2||11|
|6||Tennessee (1 - 0)||178||0||4||13|
|7||Arkansas (1 - 0)||165||0||5||13|
|8||Florida (0 - 1)||158||0||5||14|
|9||Mississippi State (1 - 0)||136||0||6||13|
|10||Kentucky (1 - 0)||113||0||6||14|
|11||Texas A&M (0 - 1)||75||0||7||14|
|12||Ole Miss (1 - 0)||60||0||9||14|
|13||Vanderbilt (1 - 0)||52||0||8||14|
|14||Missouri (1 - 0)||39||0||9||14|
This week's voters:
Alex Hickey ( SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith ( SEC Country)
Joe Mussatto ( SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson ( SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson ( SEC Country)
Marq Burnett ( SEC Country)
Mike Griffith ( SEC Country)
Seth Emerson ( Atlanta Journal Constitution)
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