Mizzou Looking for Fourth Straight Win against Struggling Tennessee

Peter Alexis, 23 Sports

The red-hot Missouri Tigers are cruising on their current three game win streak, and are looking to extend it even further on Saturday night. Under the bright lights of Faurot Field, the team will be searching for another victory against a Tennessee team in a downward spiral. The rumors are swirling about how long Butch Jones will retain his job. It is the belief of many that a loss to the once 1-5 Tigers will be the final straw in his tumultuous tenure. The UT coach has already lost his last SEC game to 12 out of his 13 opponents, with the final team being Missouri itself.

Butch and his Volunteers will face a tough task on Saturday night at the Zou after the recent success of the home team. The Tigers have not only won their last three, but they did so in impressive fashion. After the team lost five in a row following their first victory against lowly Missouri State, many expected the team to simply pack it in and try again next year. But to Barry Odom’s credit, he did not let that happen. Lock’s offense has begun to click the way everyone knew it could, now having put up 45 points in each of the past three victories. On the other side of the ball came the changes few expected, with the defensive line completely taking over the game. The unit is bringing back the notorious nickname “D-Line Zou” in a big way, notching 11 sacks in the past three wins. The defense stifled Florida’s backup Malik Zaire and held the Gators to just 16 points, the lowest allowed to a conference opponent since 2015. This will prove difficult for a Tennessee team to overcome, already having the worst offense in the SEC as the only team averaging under 300 yards per game this year.

Missouri’s 45-16 trouncing of the Florida Gators was just the coming out party, and the Tigers will confirm that this was no fluke on Saturday night under the lights. Expect more of the same from the black and gold at home, with impressive offensive displays and a much-improved defense that will hold this floundering Tennessee team to a low score. If Butch Jones hasn’t been fired yet, don’t be surprised if Drew Lock and the Tigers are the final nail in the coffin, as they are favored by 12.5 points and are hungry for a fourth straight win and revenge from last year on Senior night.