A win over the Longhorns in Wednesday night’s Texas Bowl would be historic for Mizzou, as the 2017 Tigers would become just the second Power 5 team in college football history (Rutgers, 2008) to finish with eight wins after starting the season 1-5. Mizzou has a six-game win streak in which their average margin of victory has been 30 points while scoring 45 or more points in each game for the first time in program history. However, the numbers during the regular season may be misleading when you consider the following:
#Mizzou‘s 7 wins this year have come against teams with a combined record of 27-55
The Tigers 5 losses have come against teams with a combined record of 43-19.#MIZ football has not beaten a team yet with a .500 or better record. Texas would be the first this season.
— Bill Pollock (@missourisports) December 26, 2017
Mizzou head coach Barry Odom scoffed at those numbers at the Tigers’ press conference on Tuesday in Houston.
The Tigers will be playing in their 32nd bowl game and a win over Texas would bring Mizzou’s all-time record to 16-16 in bowl games. Mizzou has won its last three bowls: 2011 Independence, 2014 Cotton (2013 season) and the 2015 Citrus Bowl (2014 season).