22 Oct 2013
One of the big surprise teams this year has been Missouri. The Tigers were picked to finish sixth in the SEC East in a media poll before the season. Our Football Outsiders rankings were a bit higher on the Tigers (fourth), but we still expected Missouri to struggle against SEC East favorites Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. The Tigers have already taken down two of those three to take a commanding division lead. They will face the Gamecocks this weekend, and a win could virtually seal up a trip for Missouri to the SEC championship game.
Missouri has been ranked among the top 10 in our drive-based FEI ratings in four of the past five weeks, and the only thing that may hold it back is injuries. Star quarterback James Franklin was injured against Georgia, but backup Maty Mauk passed a big test in his starting debut. The Tigers lit up the Gators defense (No. 9 in our opponent-adjusted ratings) for 500 yards and 36 points Saturday.
Does Missouri have the profile of a national championship contender? We compared the Tigers' statistical profile with recent national championship contenders to find out what might be in store for the remainder of the season.
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