COLUMBIA, Mo. (Missouri Football App) -- The Missouri Tigers head into their bye-week with a 3-4 record with all four losses coming against teams in the Southeastern Conference. This is Mizzou’s first season as a member of the SEC and it hasn’t started as well as they would have hoped for.
Statistically speaking, Mizzou is towards the bottom in the SEC in many categories. The Missouri offense has been plagued by several injuries to the offensive line and starting quarterback James Franklin, but the Tigers are ranked 11 out of 14 in total yards on the season. Mizzou has a full 1,000-yards less than SEC leader Texas A&M.
The Tigers are averaging just 203 yards per game and has been a constant struggle so far in the 2012 season. Many people have been more optimistic about the Tiger defense at this point in the season. Defensive lineman junior Sheldon Richardson has truly become a force this year. Richardson leads the team in total tackles with 52, leads the team in sacks with 4 and has 7 “quarterback hurries” which is also best on the team.
As a team, Mizzou is ranked in the middle-of-the-pack in the SEC. The Tigers are tied for 6th best in sacks. Mizzou ranks 8th in total pass defense and 9th in total defense. The rankings may be favorable in some areas and unfavorable in others, but there’s no doubt the Tigers hope to improve as the season goes on.
The Tigers look to have a better second-part of the season following the bye-week. Next up, Mizzou plays Kentucky at Faurot Field on October 27. This is the yearly Homecoming football game and kickoff is at 11 a.m.