Before the season, Mizzou fans were hoping to win at least one, maybe two SEC games before Homecoming. The reality is injuries have set the Tigers off track and Mizzou is still searching for its first victory in a new conference. The Tigers know they need to win three out of their last five to make a bowl game, and it starts this week against Kentucky. Here are three things that Tigers can do to make Homecoming a happy occasion:
1. Run the ball early and often: Mizzou is a better football team when it runs the ball well no matter who is playing quarterback. This week, Corbin Berkstresser is expected to start and the offense struggles when it relies on the redshirt freshman to air it out often. Running backs Kendial Lawrence and Marcus Murphy need to be the focal point of the offensive game plan and both are capable of big games.
2. Pressure from the front four: The Tigers deep defensive line has been a bright spot this season. The best of the bunch has been Sheldon Richardson, who is helping his NFL Draft stock each weekend. If the line can pressure Kentucky, that will lead to good field position or turnovers.
3. Special teams to be special: Marcus Murphy might be the most dangerous return man in college football, but other than that, special teams has been a weak link. Missed tackles on punt coverage, bad snaps and missed field goals have doomed the Tigers in 2012. Coming off a bye week, there are no excuses for bad mistakes by the Tigers on special teams.