(Missouri Football App) – Now, the real test begins.
Non-conference play is over and the Tigers are undefeated. With the weaker part of their schedule behind them, the difficult stage of the season is about to begin. Mizzou opens conference play Saturday against Vanderbilt.
Traditionally, other SEC teams could check off the Vanderbilt game as a victory. That’s not the case anymore. Head coach James Franklin has turned the Commodores around. Franklin has been in Nashville since the start of the 2011 season with an overall record of 18-13. In his first two seasons the team won 15 games, which is the highest two year total since the late 1920s.
The Commodores come into the match-up with Mizzou with 3-2 record, but both losses came against tough opponents. Vandy opened the season with a 4-point loss to Ole Miss and then went down in defeat two weeks later in South Carolina.
Senior cornerback E.J. Gaines said the Tigers go into Saturday’s game with something to prove.
“I think it [a win] proves that we can win within the conference, and also be successful on the road,” senior cornerback E.J Gaines said. “Winning on the road is something that great football teams have to do, and everybody obviously has to play away games. Starting off with a road conference game is going to be pretty exciting.”
A road victory against Vandy would be Mizzou’s first important win as a member of the SEC. It may also be the difference between playing in a bowl game, and going home for the winter.