Missouri Betting Odds Preview
Missouri's first season in the SEC didn't go too well. The Tigers won just two conference games and missed a bowl for the first time in eight seasons. Injuries played a part, especially on offense, and Mizzou lost three SEC games in which it out-gained its opponents. But the Tigers have a chance to be better this season, and while not always the case, that improvement should show up in the win/loss columns.
Odds to Win SEC: +6000 at 5Dimes
Regular Season Win Total: 6 at 5Dimes
With just 10 starters back from an 8-5 team of two seasons ago last year might not have been the best time for Missouri to join the SEC. That line of thought was proven valid, as the Tigers struggled in their new conference. Mizzou opened SEC play by getting bounced by Georgia, had the same thing happen a couple weeks later against South Carolina, fell in a close game to Vandy and a blowout against Alabama, then finally picked up its first SEC victory with a 33-10 decision over lowly Kentucky.
The Tigers then lost a tough one to Florida, beat Tennessee in Knoxville in overtime, but in the season finale gave up 59 points in falling to Johnny Football and Texas A&M. Missouri went 3-1 in non-conference play but it wasn't enough to earn an eighth straight trip to a bowl. The Tigers managed to go 6-6 ATS last year, but only 3-5 ATS in SEC play. This year Mizzou returns 14 starters, eight on offense, including senior QB James Franklin, three of last year's top four receivers and four along the offensive line, and six on defense, led by three of the big boys up front. But they lose 1,000-yard rusher Kendial Lawrence and five of last year's top eight tacklers. While last year's schedule was a bit on the brutal side for Missouri, this year's slate lightens up.
The Tigers get three winnable road games at Vandy, Kentucky, and Ole Miss, while Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, and A&M all have to come to Columbia. Most importantly, Mizzou misses Alabama and LSU.
SEC Championship Odds at 5Dimes as of July 29
South Carolina +500
Texas A&M +850
Mississippi State +10000