It took seven attempts, but Missouri finally put together a complete game in a 68-21 thumping over Idaho.
Yes, it was against the Vandals — a lame-duck Sun Belt team that will drop down to the Football Championship Subdivision next year. But Missouri couldn’t put a complete game together against FCS Missouri State to start the year, and hadn’t been on the winning side of a game since.
At 2-5, Missouri still has a shot at bowl eligibility with a plethora of winnable games ahead. And for one day, Missouri fans can ogle at some ludicrous stats from an impressive win.
Drew Lock threw for 467 and 6 touchdowns, overcoming an interception on his first pass to put together three straight solid performances. Receiver J’Mon Moore caught 11 passes for 174 yards and a touchdown. Redshirt freshman tight end Albert Okwuegbunam made three first-quarter trips to the end zone on Lock touchdown passes.
Despite those numbers, though, the SEC Country Power Poll voters remain unimpressed. Missouri is once again 14th in the weekly power rankings; it’s the same position the Tigers have been in every week this season.
Missouri needs a run to finish this season strong, and the back half of the Tigers schedule is less than impressive. Not only do none of Missouri’s five remaining opponents have winning records, but only one is even at .500 — and that may not be for long. Florida, at 3-3, faces third-ranked Georgia this Saturday.
Is a bowl game out of the question? No, not now. But Missouri must put together more complete games, especially on defense, to give Barry Odom some breathing room as he heads into this third season as Tigers coach.
Here are your full results from the latest SEC Country Power Poll:
SEC Country Power Poll, Week 8
|1||Alabama (8 - 0)||325||25||1||1||1|
|2||Georgia (7 - 0)||299||0||2||2||3|
|3||Auburn (6 - 2)||263||0||3||2||5|
|4||LSU (6 - 2)||232||0||5||3||7|
|5||Texas A&M (5 - 2)||232||0||4||3||7|
|6||Mississippi State (5 - 2)||215||0||6||4||9|
|7||Florida (3 - 3)||174||0||8||5||8|
|8||South Carolina (5 - 2)||142||0||9||6||10|
|9||Kentucky (5 - 2)||140||0||7||7||9|
|10||Tennessee (3 - 4)||76||0||11||10||13|
|11||Ole Miss (3 - 4)||72||0||10||10||14|
|12||Arkansas (2 - 5)||51||0||12||8||14|
|13||Vanderbilt (3 - 4)||47||0||13||9||14|
|14||Missouri (2 - 5)||7||0||14||12||14|
This week's voters:
Alex Hickey ( SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith ( SEC Country)
Andrew Astleford ( SEC Country)
Brandon Walker ( SEC Country)
Chris Kirschner ( SEC Country)
Christopher Walsh ( SEC Country)
Eric Bolin ( SEC Country)
Jeff Sentell ( DawgNation)
Joe Mussatto ( SEC Country)
Jordan Mcpherson ( SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson ( SEC Country)
Ken Bradley ( SEC Country)
Marq Burnett ( SEC Country)
Mike Griffith ( SEC Country)
Seth Emerson ( DawgNation)
Thomas Neumann ( SEC Country)
Trent Shadid ( SEC Country)
Zach Abolverdi ( SEC Country)
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