The Missouri Tigers had an interesting 2017 season, to say the least. After starting an abysmal 1-5, the Tigers turned things around and finished the year 7-5 before losing in the Texas Bowl to Texas.
However, coach Barry Odom isn’t out of the woods just yet, according to USA TODAY. In a list of 10 coaches who enter 2018 on the hot seat, Odom was in the No. 8 spot.
The article gives Odom credit for last year’s turnaround, but points out that the Tigers beat up on weak teams while losing to tougher squads:
Odom should get some praise for his in-season turnaround last fall, though it came with an asterisk: Missouri went 7-0 against teams with losing records or opponents from the FCS and 0-6 against bowl teams. Let’s not forget Odom was viewed as a candidate to lose his job just midway into last season, his second with the Tigers. The bowl game gave him a bump, as did quarterback Drew Lock’s decision to return for his senior season. But a finish outside the top four in the Southeastern Conference East would put Odom’s job back in jeopardy.
Indeed, the Tigers will need to pick up some wins against more quality opponents this fall to keep the pressure off Odom.
But, with another manageable schedule, another trip to a bowl game isn’t out of the question.