College Football: Seven Bold Predictions for the SEC East

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Jan 1, 2015; Orlando, FL, USA; Missouri Tigers quarterback Maty Mauk (7) and wide receiver Bud Sasser (21) celebrate a touchdown as the Missouri Tigers beat the Minnesota Golden Gophers 33-17 in the 2015 Citrus Bowl at Florida Citrus Bowl. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Missouri wins at least nine games

The back-to-back division champ, Missouri has been reliable of late.

In 2015, nothing changes.

Not only are the Tigers an experienced team that knows how to win, but Gary Pinkel and Co. have the advantage of having a manageable schedule that they can use as a weapon in their attempt to climb to the top of college football’s ladder.

‘Zou begins the ‘preseason’ on the 5th. Home games between Southeastern Missouri State and Connecticut are sandwiched between a road trip to Arkansas State on the 12th. If they can’t come out of that stretch 3-0, there might be a for sale sign in Gary Pinkel’s front yard.

In Southeastern play, ‘Zou hosts South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi State, and Tennessee. Road trips to Vanderbilt and Kentucky should be manageable. The tough part comes when the Tigers travel to Georgia (Oct. 17) and Arkansas (Nov. 27).

If the Tigers are on the forefront of the national picture, a game against BYU in Kansas City (Nov. 14) could be big in the national picture.

We’re not saying the Tigers are going to be indestructible, but the fact that they face most of their formidable opponents on Farout Field is a clear advantage.

Next: Tennessee