Tuesday, July 24, 2012

SEC Team Previews- Missouri

Missouri



Missouri enters its' first season in the vaunted Southeastern Conference with a lot of hype. SEC coaches, fans, and players alike seem to feel that the Tigers will have a hard time competing in their new conference. Head Coach Gary Pinkel and his talented 2012 squad will try to prove all of those people wrong as they embark on their initial SEC campaign.
Offensively, Mizzou will rely heavily on their running game. They were the top rushing teams in the Big 12 a year ago, and if quarterback James Franklin is healthy, then his skills will likely give opposing SEC defenses fits. The junior is one of the top duel-threat quarterbacks in the country as he threw for 2,600 yards and ran for 800 more a year ago. Senior running back Kendial Lawrence will front the load on the ground as he takes over for an injured Henry Josey. Junior Marcus Murphy also figures to play a key role as well. Getting left tackle Elvis Fisher back for another season is huge and assistant coach Dave Yost seems to be very confident in his offensive line.

Mizzou's strength on offense is at receiver, as they plan on trotting out a plethora of high-end weapons. Dorial Green-Beckham, the nations number one recruit, should see immediate snaps to help compliment established players like T.J. Moe, Marcus Lucas and L'Damian Washington. If this group is able to keep opposing defenses on their heels, the Mizzou offense may be one of the best in the SEC.
But in the SEC, it is blatantly obvious that defenses are king. Missouri lacks some depth up front but will have the services of Sheldon Richardson, who could become an All-SEC type player in 2012. If there are injuries, Missouri may struggle to stop opposing running games and that could be devastating. The linebacker corps consisting of Ebner, Wilson and Gooden, is clearly the strength of the defense and will probably be relied on to make a lot of tackles this season. Cornerback E.J. Gaines was an All-Big 12 player last season and he seems to fit the mold of a lock down SEC corner.


OVERALL
The Missouri Tigers can compete at a high level in the SEC. Mizzou is in the top 15 in total wins over the past 5 years and have boasted three 10 win seasons during that time. They played at a high level in a very good conference and should fit in well with their new counterparts. There may be a little bit of a learning curve, but the staff is already recruiting at an amazing pace.
PREDICTIONS
8-4 (4-4) 3rd place SEC East
Bowl Game: Gator Bowl

2012 SCHEDULE
Date Opponent / Event Location Time
Band Day
09/01/12 vs. Southeastern Louisiana TV Columbia, Mo. 6:00 p.m. CT
09/08/12 vs. Georgia * TV Columbia, Mo. 6:45 p.m. CT
Family Weekend
09/15/12 vs. Arizona State TV Columbia, Mo. 6:00 p.m. CT
09/22/12 at South Carolina * TV Columbia, S.C. TBA
09/29/12 at UCF TV Orlando, Fla. TBA
10/06/12 vs. Vanderbilt * TV Columbia, Mo. TBA
10/13/12 vs. Alabama * TV Columbia, Mo. TBA
Homecoming
10/27/12 vs. Kentucky * TV Columbia, Mo. TBA
11/03/12 at Florida * TV Gainesville, Fla. TBA
11/10/12 at Tennessee * TV Knoxville, Tenn. TBA
Blackout / Salute to America
11/17/12 vs. Syracuse TV Columbia, Mo. TBA
11/24/12 at Texas A&M * TV College Station, Texas TBA
   

3 comments:

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  2. James Franklin actually accounted for almost 450 more yards last year than you gave him credit for (2865 passing, 981 rushing).

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  3. Imagine the hype if he had hit that "magical" 1,000 yard rushing mark and had not gotten injured in the offseason. We are talking about a very underrated player here.

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