ESPN might not have shown Missouri much respect, leaving the reigning SEC East champion Tigers out of its spring top 25 football rankings altogether.
Athlon Sports showed Missouri, which finished last season ranked No. 5 in the nation, a little respect
. The Tigers check in No. 25 (though only fourth in the SEC East), according to that publication.
Athlon expects big things from sophomore quarterback Maty Mauk, who takes the starter’s reins for the Tigers, and lauds the pass-rush combo of senior Markus Golden and junior Shane Ray, a Bishop Miege graduate.
However, questions about Missouri’s depth and a tough road schedule, which includes conference games at South Carolina, Florida and Texas A, kept Gary Pinkel’s squad from moving higher in the poll.
While ESPN may not be enamored with the Tigers as a team, Golden was listed among the top 10 draft prospects for 2015 from the SEC East.