There hasn't been a bigger midseason turnaround in college football than the Missouri Tigers. After opening the season 1-5 SU and 0-4 ATS, Mizzou has ripped off four straight wins and six straight covers. Their early season struggles were simple: the offense couldn't score and the defense was atrocious. But of late, it's been the complete opposite. Missouri has won its last four games by an average margin of 53.8-16.5. The most
. Yes, the competition wasn't exactly potent (Idaho, UConn, Florida, and Tennessee) but this is a unit that opened the year coughing up 43 to Missouri State. But the real story here is how much oddsmakers have been forced to adjust Missouri's power rating after beating the spread by 21, 27.5, 26.5, and 32.5 the last four weeks. Consider some of Missouri's previous pointspreads and compare them to the -8.5 it is laying on Saturday at Vanderbilt: -1.5 at home vs. Florida, -13.5 at UConn, and +8.5 at Kentucky. Nuts, right?
“At the beginning of the year we might not have had the perfect personnel for our team,” strong safety Kaleb Prewett said. “The coaches made some changes. Now I feel like everyone’s in a good spot to win ballgames.”
“When you have young guys and new coaches you have to figure things out,” Sherrils said. “It might take some time. … Really, we didn’t need to change much. We needed to find each other and believe. Our chemistry now is at an all-time high.”