Mizzou can still wind up in SEC Championship Game, but......
Missouri running back Henry Josey, right, walks off the field with teammate Evan Boehm, left, after the 27-24 loss to South Carolina in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson) By L.G. Patterson
(Missouri Football App) – Despite losing to South Carolina in typical Mizzou fashion, the Tigers still control their destiny.
The loss means Missouri does not have a firm grip on the SEC East, but it still leaves the Tigers in first place, one game ahead of South Carolina; but the defeat makes the road to the SEC Championship game much more difficult.
Essentially, the Tigers must win out or hope the Gamecocks trip up in their final two SEC games. Regarding the latter, South Carolina hosts Mississippi State and then Florida to close out conference play; and while this SEC season has been unpredictable and upset-filled, it is unlikely that the Gamecocks will trip up at home.
When looking at Missouri’s schedule to finish out the season, winning out will be a tall task. The next two games against Tennessee and Kentucky are contests where the Tigers should win and by comfortable margins. Tennessee has shown to be a formidable opponent in 2013, but has yet to win a road game.
As they approach mid-November, things get tougher. Mizzou travels to Ole Miss Nov. 23 and ends the regular season with a home game against Texas A&M. Both contests will be difficult. Ole Miss has kept games close against highly ranked opponents, and recently pulled off an upset over LSU. Texas A&M will be a steeper hill to climb. A&M may field a poor defense, but Missouri’s own defensive unit will have to contend with Johnny Manziel. If the Tigers could not slow down a beat up Connor Shaw, it won’t stop the most recent Heisman Trophy winner.
When the dust settles, don’t be surprised if South Carolina is playing Alabama in Atlanta and the Tigers are at home wondering what might have been.