By Patrick Kelly
With a defining shutout win over Vanderbilt, it appears the Eli Drinkwitz era at Mizzou is beginning to take hold. After a shaky start against two tough opponents in Alabama and Tennessee, the Tigers have managed to find their game and get on the winning side of .500.
The first sign of the success to come was Week 2 when they found their quarterback. Freshman Connor Baselak was given a shot and ran with it passing for 218 yards, which meant the starting job was his going forward. Since then he has thrown for over 1,000 yards and five touchdowns, but he hasn’t been the only one on offense to get his game going. Senior Larry Roundtree has scored five touchdowns while averaging 16 attempts per game.
With a 4-3 record, Drinkwitz has led Mizzou to its best division record this late in the season since the 2014 season when the Tigers went 7-1. With this different season, they are slated to play two more games against divisional opponents than usual but to be on the winning side again in the SEC is nothing to overlook. The Tigers finish off their season in a very fitting way going against their former head coach Barry Odom, who is now the defensive coordinator for the Arkansas Razorbacks. With the Tigers offense clicking, they should have no problem with a defense that has allowed over 150 points in their last five games.