2012 Overall Record & SEC Finish: 5-7 5th in the East (2-6)
2013 Outlook: Returning starter QB James Franklin was tabbed as the 2013 starter days ago. Dorial Green-Beckham should be used more this year and is a dangerous weapon. The Tigers will continue to get acclimated to the SEC but I don’t see them besting last year’s effort record-wise in the conference.
Most Important Game: Oct. 5th @ Vandy; a winnable road SEC game
Biggest Issue to Solve: Generating offense. For a spread offense that may seem a bit odd to say, but the Tigers ranked no better than 9th in the conference in any of the 4 major offensive categories.
Key Players: QB James Franklin, WR Dorial Green-Beckham
Media Prediction (SEC finish): 6th SEC East
My Prediction (SEC finish): 5th SEC East (2-6)
My Overall Record Prediction: 6-6
Why?: It will continue to be tough sledding for Mizzou in the SEC. Other teams are so much bigger and faster than they are. If they can get 1 surprise win this season they may be able to finish better than 5th in the East, perhaps 4th. If the Tigers struggle to get 6 wins, expect there to be some rumblings about Gary Pinkel not being the right guy to lead them to SEC mediocrity success.
Next: Mississippi St. and Kentucky
The SEC released it's 2014 football team schedules today. This was done with exactly one year to go to the August 21, 2014 premier of the SEC Network. A conference game between Texas A&M and South Carolina scheduled for Thursday, August 28th in Columbia, South Carolina will open the network's football coverage. Since adding 2 new members the SEC has been working on tinkering the conference schedule. As of now, each team is still scheduled for 8 conference game. Commissioner Mike Slive commented that the league will look into a 9 game conference schedule, but it wouldn't be implemented until the 2016 season at the earliest. Full schedules for all 14 SEC teams can be found here.
Arkansas schedule feature a couple of changes that may rub some Razorback fans the wrong way. The biggest being the move of the LSU game from the Friday after Thanksgiving. The Hogs will now play new rival Missouri on that day. In addition, the Texas A&M game will take place at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas instead of on campus in College Station. The latter may not bother fans as much as the former.
The Hogs add four new non-conference opponents in playing at old Southwest Conference foe Texas Tech and at home versus Nicholls State, Northern Illinois and UAB.
Missouri won a long and difficult recruiting battle when they landed the No. 1 high school prospect in the country in Dorial Green-Beckham. Now it's looks like they landed themselves a problem as well. Green-Beckham was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana, according to a report in The Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune. DGB has been suspended by Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel.
Two other freshmen, receiver Levi Copelin and linebacker Torey Boozer were also arrested and subsequently suspended. Two other freshmen that were passengers in the vehicle, defensive lineman Harold Brantley and tight end Brandon Holifield were not arrested.
According to the Tribune's report, University of Missouri police captain Brian Weimer said an officer on patrol found the players at 11:49 p.m. in a white Lincoln Navigator in Lot G south of Memorial Stadium. Weimer said the officer detected the odor of marijuana and when the players got out of the car, the officer found marijuana.
Green-Beckham was coming off of his most significant game for the Tigers in which he scored his first collegiate touchdown on an 80 yard reception. Missouri has struggled offensively in the SEC, but Green-Beckham has not really been much a part of the offense. So far this season he has 7 receptions for 128 yards and one touchdown.
Hmmmm.......I wonder how mad Razorback fans are now that he chose Mizzou!?