The college football season will be in full swing this Saturday as the University of Missouri travels to Laramie, Wyoming, home of the University of Wyoming Cowboys.
Kickoff will be at 6:30 p.m. (ct) and the game will be shown on the CBS Sports network and the Tiger Radio Network.
Mizzou Football opens its 129th season; the fourth under head coach Barry Odom this Saturday.
In its previous 128 season openers, Mizzou has won more than two-thirds of them, going 83-40-5 all-time (66.8%).
Included in that win total was a 14-year win streak in season openers, but that string was broken in 2016 when the Tigers faced a tough test opening on the road at West Virginia, falling by a 26-11 count.
Mizzou has won its last two season-openers, a 51-14 triumph over UT Martin a year ago and a 72-43 win over Missouri State in 2017.
In three years directing his alma mater’s football program, Head Coach Barry Odom has led Mizzou Football to impressive achievements. In 2018, Odom’s Tigers finished an exciting regular-season ranked No. 23 in the College Football Playoff poll (No. 24 in the Associated Press poll) with eight wins, reached a second-straight bowl game thanks to yet another strong closing month, and turned heads nationally with one of the year’s most impressive road wins.
One of the major storylines surrounding Mizzou Football during the offseason was the addition of graduate transfer QB Kelly Bryant, who started 18 games for the reigning national champion Clemson Tigers. Bryant went 16-2 in those 18 games and helped lead Clemson to the College Football Playoff in 2017.
Bryant was one of the most highly sought-after graduate transfers this past off-season and chose the Tigers over multiple top-tier programs. He was immediately ingrained as part of the Mizzou culture after enrolling in classes in January.
Junior RB Larry Rountree III (“Trey”) enters the 2019 season off of a big sophomore campaign, when he led the Tigers with 1,216 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns, on 225 carries (5.4 avg.). His yardage total was the third-most in MU season history, and ranked fourth in the SEC and 22nd nationally. He is the SEC’s second-leading returning rusher from last year, trailing only Ke’Shawn Vaughn of Vanderbilt (1,244 yards in 2018).