Missouri Awaits Potential Chance to Knock Off No. 1

Missouri Awaits Potential Chance to Knock Off No. 1
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The Missouri Tigers have a shot at doing something they haven’t done on a football field since Oct. 23, 2010 when they travel to Athens to take on current No. 1 Georgia a week from Saturday. Of course, the Bulldogs will have to get past a tough road test at 5-2 Florida this Saturday to retain that top perch.

The rare feat would be for the Eli Drinkwitz-coached squad to pull off an upset over the top-ranked team in the country, with the Tigers last doing so against then-No. 1 ranked Oklahoma 13 years ago. Unfortunately, Tigers fans won’t get a chance to bet on their squad as Missouri sports betting is still at least a year away.

That 36-27 win over the Sooners came in Columbia on national television, with former superstar quarterback Blaine Gabbert tossing for 308 yards and a score in the victory, while wideout Gahn McGaffie stole the show by returning the opening kickoff 86 yards for the game’s opening touchdown.

More than a decade later, BetMissouri.com – your source for Missouri sports betting apps information - wanted to contextualize where a win over the Bulldogs would rank in recent Missouri history, setting the stage for the Nov. 4 showdown with Georgia inside Sanford Stadium.

A Shot at History Next Week

The No. 16 Tigers will head to Georgia with a shot at snapping what likely will be a 29-game winning streak for the Bulldogs, with Georgia having won each of their games since the 2021 SEC Championship, when they fell to Alabama in a classic showdown between top teams.

While no betting lines have been released for the No. 4 clash between Georgia and Missouri, we can use last year’s 31-point spread in favor of the Bulldogs to assume that the Tigers will enter Athens as a sizable underdog come Nov. 4.

The last Missouri victory over a top-ranked team, by comparison, came against the Sooners as a 3-point home underdog, showing how much longer the odds are for the Tigers to pull off another upset win.

What Missouri Has Between Them and Georgia

While the Bulldogs must keep their focus keenly on their yearly rivalry in Jacksonville against the Florida Gators this week, Missouri has a week off between its 34-12 rout of South Carolina on Saturday and the Georgia game.

So far this year, Missouri has jumped out to a 7-1 record, with their only blemish coming in a 49-39 home loss to LSU three weeks ago, in which they gave up a 25-17 halftime lead.

Other than that lone loss, Missouri has pulled off wins against two other ranked teams (then No. 15 Kansas State and No. 24 Kentucky), to pull the Tigers within a game of the Bulldogs in the SEC East standings. Nationally, Missouri is at +3400 to win the SEC at FanDuel. That is fifth in the conference, behind Georgia (-150), Alabama (+200), LSU (+750) and Tennessee (+3100).

All those on-field conquests have set the stage for next Saturday’s showdown in Athens, where Missouri will look to pull off the program’s greatest upset since they knocked off the top-ranked Sooners in Columbia 13 years ago.  When sports wagering does come to the Show Me State, you will want to have on hand the best Missouri sports betting promo codes.



Christopher Boan

Christopher Boan is a lead writer for BetMissouri.com, specializing in covering state issues. He has covered sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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