The Southeastern Conference finalized schedules for league members for the 2016 football season.  The Missouri Tigers will face a 12-game schedule with one bye week next year, in a slate which features seven home games and five road contests.

The season will get underway on the road, as Mizzou will travel to Morgantown, W.V., to face the West Virginia Mountaineers.  It will mark the first time since 1996 that Mizzou has opened its season with a true road game.  After a Sept. 10 home opener against Eastern Michigan, the Tigers will close out the month with home games against Georgia (Sept. 17) and Delaware State (Sept. 24).

A pair of games in challenging road environments will await Mizzou once the calendar flips to October.  It starts with an SEC road opener at LSU on Oct. 1st as Mizzou will make its first-ever appearance at Death Valley, in a game that will mark only the second all-time meeting between MU and LSU (Mizzou won a 20-15 decision in the 1978 Liberty Bowl).  Following an open date on Oct. 8, the Tigers will hit the road again for an Oct. 15 game at Florida.  October closes with a pair of home games, including Homecoming on Oct. 22nd against Middle Tennessee and an Oct. 29 visit to Faurot Field by Kentucky.

The final month of the season will see the Tigers alternate home and away games, and the stretch run will begin with a Nov. 5 game at South Carolina, followed by a Nov. 12 home contest with Vanderbilt.  After a Nov. 19 game at Tennessee, the Tigers will close the 2016 regular season with cross-division rival Arkansas on Nov. 26.  Times and television information for all games will not be finalized until a later date.

For more information on the Mizzou Football program, please visit the online home for the Tigers, at, or follow along on Twitter at @MizzouFootball.


Sept. 3                    at West Virginia

Sept. 10                 EASTERN MICHIGAN

Sept. 17                 GEORGIA

Sept. 24                 DELAWARE STATE

Oct. 1                     at LSU

Oct. 8                     Open date

Oct. 15                   at Florida

Oct. 22                   MIDDLE TENNESSEE

Oct. 29                   KENTUCKY

Nov. 5                     at South Carolina

Nov. 12                  VANDERBILT

Nov. 19                  at Tennessee

Nov. 26                  ARKANSAS

On June 11, 2013 Redshirt Sophomore Anthony Sherrils almost saw the end of his career as a Mizzou Football Safety. While hitching a ride to class from a friend, Sherrils found himself being thrown into the car’s window as it was broadsided in traffic. He had to be removed from the vehicle and rushed to the hospital where doctors diagnosed him with a traumatic brain injury due to bleeding in the right side of his brain.

“In high school I did a research paper on concussions, so I knew a little bit about concussions and how traumatic they could be,” Sherrils said. “When they said I had a traumatic brain injury, I was like ‘wow.'”

The head injury left Sherrils with the inability to use the left side of his body, causing him to have to relearn how to do almost everything, even walk. As he began to progress through rehabilitation, he started to see his future as a student-athlete at Mizzou reappear.

“Everyday I was making steps in progress,” Sherrils said. “I was like, ‘Okay, maybe football can be an option.'”

He continued to improve and work toward his goal of making it back onto Faurot Field and within just a month and a half of the accident, Sherrils was running and lifting weights again. He astonished his doctors with the speed of his recovery.

Sherrils returned to the field for the 2014 season, playing in 14 games and recording 13 tackles. He earned a starting position for 2015 and has already recorded 44 tackles and an interception throughout the first eight games of the season.


SEC Nation, the SEC Network’s traveling pregame show, is set to visit Mizzou Football on Nov. 5 prior to Mizzou’s nationally-televised contest against Mississippi State at Memorial Stadium, announced Wednesday by ESPN and SEC Network. The traveling show will air live on SEC Network at 6:30 p.m. (CT) that evening and Mizzou fans will be allowed to enter Memorial Stadium early at 6 p.m. via Gate 1 to watch the show, which will be live on Faurot Field. Fans will be limited to the North concourse of Memorial Stadium until the gates officially open at 6:30 p.m.

The SEC Nation appearance on Mizzou’s campus is the second in the program’s history and first since Nov. 1, 2014, prior to Mizzou’s 20-10 win over Kentucky. SEC Nation is hosted by Joe Tessitore, analysts Tim Tebow and Marcus Spears, and commentator Paul Finebaum.

The SEC Nation appearance is just another national television presence for Mizzou on Nov. 5 as the focus of college football will be on Columbia, Mo., that night in anticipation of ESPN’s Thursday night broadcast of the Mississippi State game. The contest will kick at 8 p.m. and fans are encouraged to visit for all information pertaining to the Thursday night game. It is Mizzou’s first Thursday night game since 2009.

Tickets for the Nov. 5 game vs. Mississippi State are still on sale via or by calling 1-800-CAT-PAWS. Tickets are as low as $20 and a special Mississippi State four-pack is available, featuring four reserved tickets for just $24.75 per ticket ($99).

For all the latest on Mizzou Football, stay tuned to and follow the team on Twitter @MizzouFootball and like us on Instagram (MizzouFootball) and Facebook (Mizzou Football)

As this week’s Make A Difference quote states, actions are a reflection of our character. In other words, if you want to be called a champion, you have to act like one.


  • Ambitious – Your dreams are big, and your goals are high. You value success, and do not accept failure.
  • Coachable – You realize that your coach has your best interest in mind. You listen to, learn from, and take advice from your coach. You are easy to approach and take constructive criticism well.
  • Aggressive – You are naturally competitive and have an insatiable hunger for a win. You assert yourself undeniably in order to get that win.
  • Leader – You set a positive example for others, allowing your teammates and peers look up to you. You respect others, and they respect you. Your teammates look to you for advice.
  • Initiator – You take the lead, even under pressure. If you see something wrong, you step up to the plate and fix it.
  • Hard-worker – You are the first to show up to practice and the last to leave. You are a self-starter who never skips a day of work.
  • Fit – You are physically tough. Your body is in excellent condition from all the workouts, practices and training sessions. You train constantly to keep improving your own body.
  • Strong – You have a never-give-up attitude and never make excuses. You don’t let your feelings get the best of you on the field. You ignore heat, cold, pain and other obstacles and focus on your goals instead.
  • Enduring – You see things through until the end. You are a reliable presence to teammates and coaches. You do your best when faced with tough competition. Your can-do attitude remains consistent year-round.

All of these traits can be learned, practiced and perfected. A true champion is constantly striving towards self-improvement.

The Mizzou Tigers travel to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt on Saturday, October 24, 2015 in the Nike uniform combination of white jerseys on white pants. If you can’t catch the game on SEC Network, follow along on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and Mizzou Made Snapchat.

Sunday, Oct. 25- 12:00 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 25- 3:05 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 25- 3:25 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 26- 7:30 p.m.


#MizzouMade Entrepreneur Tommy Saunders is competing on Jillian Michaels’ new Spike TV program Sweat Inc. Michaels’ show focuses on finding the next big exercise program by bringing in fitness entrepreneurs to showcase their ideas and compete against one another for a $100,000 prize. Saunders entered the competition with a program that uses two fitness products of his own: Rock360 and Omniballs.

Saunders walked onto the Mizzou Football team in 2004 as a redshirt freshman wide receiver after graduating from Kearney High School in Kearney, Missouri. Prior to the 2005 season, Saunders earned a scholarship position on the team. During the spring of 2006, he was voted Team Most Improved Wide Receiver. In 2007, after a season that included a career-high 41 catches for 397 yards, he was awarded the Team Rigman Outstanding Underclassman Leadership Award. His teammates voted him team captain in 2008 along with Chase Daniel, Ziggy Hood and William Moore.

Saunders’ recent success in the fitness industry is no surprise. During his time at Mizzou, Saunders set the goal for himself to complete 100,000 pushups in the 2006 calendar year. Not only did he meet his goal, he exceeded it, stopping at 100,084 to pay tribute to his jersey number, number 84.

Saunders currently resides in Kansas City. Sweat Inc. airs on Spike TV on Tuesday nights at 9:00 p.m. CT.

Head Coach Gary Pinkel sat down with the voice of Mizzou Tigers, Mike Kelly, at Buffalo Wild Wings on Monday, October 19 in Columbia, Missouri for Tiger Talk. This week’s segment featured Mizzou Football’s Senior Safety Ian Simon and Junior Long Snapper Jake Hurrell.

There are no shortcuts to any achievement. That’s why you never see laziness or inefficiency rewarded or respected. No one simply wakes up in the morning, decides to be successful and then achieves it through the power of thought alone. Truly successful individuals have put in hard work, and the results followed.

Mizzou Football knows what hard work feels like on the body and the mind, and they also know the results of putting forth full effort.

Here are nine truths about hard work, both on and off the field:

  1. Talent alone is no assurance of success. The only way to reach the top is through long hours of hard work.
  2. If you work hard enough, you can accomplish more because your competition won’t be as stiff. There are few athletes who are willing to put forth an all-out effort to achieve success.
  3. Man’s greatest hour is the moment in which he has worked his heart out and lies exhausted, but has been victorious on the field of battle.
  4. Every day you fail to practice, you miss an opportunity for improvement.
  5. Practice the things you cannot do three times longer than the things you can easily do. Convert your weaknesses into strong points.
  6. There may be areas that in which your opponent has an advantage over you, but he should never be in better condition than you.
  7. The only way to get in good condition is to never get out of it.
  8. Anything you do that will harm your body is going to reduce your physical condition and cut down your chances for success.

There will be days when just the thought of hard work is exhausting. In those moments, remember these words of encouragement:

Belief sets up the conditions that make success, health, and happiness possible.

To turn potential into reality, you must do something about it.

When you do things you have to do when you have to do them, the day will come when you can do the things you want to do when you want to do them.

Work is the foundation of all success, the source of all prosperity and the parent of genius. It is the salt that gives life its savor, but it must be loved before it can bestow its greatest blessing and achieve its greatest ends. When loved, work makes life sweet, purposeful, and fruitful.

Sunday, Oct. 18- 12:00 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 18- 3:05 p.m.

  • Kony Ealy #94- Carolina Panthers Defensive Lineman
  • Justin Britt #68- Seattle Seahawks Offensive Lineman

Sunday, Oct. 18- 3:25 p.m.