With six losses already, the Missouri Tigers may go bowless for the second straight year.
The Tigers’ football team lost yet another game this weekend to the Kentucky Wildcats, bringing its losing streak to four straight losses. Three of those losses come from the conference and the fourth was to Middle Tennessee State. Its only two wins this season have been against Eastern Washington from the Mid-American Conference and a winless Delaware State from the FCS.
With four games left, the Tigers sit at a record of 2 and 6. In order to make the postseason and have a chance at a bowl game, they would need to win their remaining four games. This is a daunting task as their remaining opponents all lie in the thick of the SEC. The fact that the Tigers have lost their last 10 SEC games adds more pressure.
The Football Power Index gives them a 1.5 percent chance of winning the rest of their games. This shows just how difficult the road ahead will be as the Tigers look to save their season.
This season’s poor performance is largelydue to defensive struggles. The Tigers are allowing 30 points per game and have given up 40 points or more three times. This is tied for 79th in the country. These high scores are a product of not being able to stop the run.
On average, the Tigers’ defense allows 238 rushing yards per game. This ranks them 108th in the nation. With these kinds of numbers, it is hard to win games against any team. In their six losses this year, the Tigers have allowed over 200 yards rushing in all but one. Louisiana State racked up a total 414 rushing yards in its win against the Tigers.
Of the four games remaining for the Tigers, none of their opponents have losing records. Tennessee and Arkansas have a record of 5-3, while South Carolina and Vanderbilt have a record of 4-4. The games will be split with two on the road and two at home.
With a tough road ahead, it looks like last season’s 5-7 record is a hopeful goal for the Tigers.
With all of these rushing yards given up, it is easy to see why the Tigers are having such a poor season. The offense has produced numbers averaging just around 33 points a game and close to 500 yards of offense. Despite their high powered offense, the Tigers cannot find a way to win.
There are signs of hope for the Tigers. All of the remaining opponents average less than 200 yards per game rushing. If the Tigers are able to get enough stops, they may have a chance at turning their season around. The offense is averaging nearly 300 yards passing with only six interceptions. Its high powered aerial attack gives them hope for the remainder of the season.