The Missouri Tigers have the biggest 3 game stretch of their program’s history. Gary Pinkel has done a miraculous job building back up the Tigers to the national elite. But these 3 games will determine if the Tigers are legit or just a pretender. It’s begins Saturday in Oxford, MS against the Ole Miss Rebels. Here are the 3 keys and a prediction for Mizzou at Ole Miss.
1. Get DGB the ball early and often.
After a sub-par freshman year, Dorial Green-Beckham has busted onto the college football scene. Last week, DGB had 4 touchdown grabs as the Tigers destroyed the Kentucky Wildcats. You have to get him the ball early and often if you want to keep Ole Miss off balanced. The Rebels will focus on DGB which will open up L’Damian Washington, Marcus Lucas and others to make plays.
2. Get James Franklin running the ball.
As I said earlier in the week, James Franklin is the best option for the Missouri Tigers. He is fast on his feet and he can make people miss. Also, getting hit might get the juices flowing for Franklin and calm his nerves down. Once that happens, he will be the James Franklin show and he will begin to light it up.
3. Contain Donte Moncrief .
This is important for the Missouri defense. Bo Wallace will use the short passing game to slow down the Missouri rushing attack. His favorite target is Donte Moncrief. Laquan Treadwell is another target that Ole Miss loves to throw to but he isn’t as consistent as Moncrief is (yet). Shut down the veteran and let the freshman try and beat you.
This is a huge game for the Tigers. Win this game and the Tigers will at least share the SEC East title. Lose and the dream season is over. Now, the Tigers shouldn’t scoff at a 9 or 10 win season if that were to occur however bigger things are out there for the Tigers. The shot at a national title is all but gone with 4 undefeated teams ahead of Mizzou, but an SEC title would look quite nice in the training complex. I think they get it done in Oxford.
Mizzou wins 35-24
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