'The New Zou' eager to continue climb up SEC East standings

Missouri Athletics photo / Missouri quarterback Connor Bazelak averaged 236.6 passing yards per game last season as a redshirt frehsman, which wound up ranking fourth in the Southeastern Conference behind Florida's Kyle Trask, Alabama's Mac Jones and Matt Corral of Ole Miss.

It's hard to find a more unique program in Southeastern Conference football the past two years than Missouri.

The Tigers raced out to a 5-1 record during Barry Odom's final season in 2019 before faltering to a 6-6 mark, but they were ineligible for the postseason due to NCAA sanctions stemming from a former athletic tutor completing course work for 12 players in football, baseball and softball. In Eli Drinkwitz's debut season last year, Mizzou went 5-5 and earned a bid to the Music City Bowl to face Iowa, but an outbreak of positive COVID-19 tests among the Tigers forced the game to be canceled.

Mizzou went to 11 bowl games in a 14-year stretch from 2005-18.

"It's been unfortunate we haven't been able to play in a bowl game for whatever reason the last two years," Mizzou fifth-year senior guard Case Cook said at SEC Media Days.