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2020 | SEC Network: A Bad Start - Lockerroom Unrest in Columbia

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A Bad Start

Lockerroom Unrest in Columbia

 

COLUMBIA, MO - Things haven’t gone quite according to plan on Faurot Field this season. After making a bowl game for 4 straight seasons, including a playoff appearance, SEC championship game appearance, and producing a Heisman winner, the Missouri Tigers have started with a 2-4 record. It’s the worst starting record since the team operated without a coach in 2015.

 

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Coach vtgorilla is noticeably upset when discussing the team’s lack of success this season. “We’re just not meeting our goals for the season. The team was supposed to be trending up.”

 

He’s of course referring to the team’s record the past 2 seasons. The Tigers went 6-6 in 2018, following the graduation of Heisman winner Aaron Shea. Then in 2019, they produced a 7-5 regular season record.

 

“It’s not from lack of leadership. Tucker Dowden has been spectacular this season, but clearly he can’t do it himself,” said Coach vtgorilla.

 

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Tucker Dowden is currently leading SEC Quarterbacks in total yards and total touchdowns. However, the defense has struggled this season, and Tucker's spectacular performance can't seem to outpace the number of points the defense is giving up.

 

Coach had some things to say about the defense as well. “Well, we knew we were missing some key pieces going into this season, but we were hoping our skill positions could compensate. We’ve definitely been forced to test some unconventional strategies on the d-line. The problems really stem from poor recruiting when there wasn’t a coach and while I got to know all the high school coaches in our recruiting ground 3-4 seasons ago.”

 

Tucker Dowden spoke to the media about the team’s performance as well, though he was unavailable to answer followup questions.

 

“We set our sights on competing for the SEC East this season. It really seemed like a possibility. It’s a tough division, but we thought we’d be right in there. It’s a real wake up call to be 2-4 halfway through our season. We’re going to have to fight real hard just to make a bowl game.”

 

Looking at Missouri’s remaining schedule, it’s tough to pick out 4 obvious games that the Tigers will win to become bowl eligible. The brutal remainder of the schedule is filled with SEC opponents:

 

@ Kentucky

Vs. South Carolina

@ Vanderbilt

Vs. Tennessee

@ Georgia

@ Arkansas

 

 

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