October 30, 2021
If you want hope for today, the last time Missouri visited Vanderbilt Stadium also just happened to be the last time Vanderbilt won an SEC game. That was October 19, 2019, and Vanderbilt won 21-14. That was the game in which Derek Mason finally figured out halfway through the season that Riley Neal wasn’t the answer at quarterback, sent walk-on Mo Hasan out there, and then had to go back to Neal after Hasan got concussed on a dirty hit.
Of course, if you prefer going the pessimistic route, the last time Vanderbilt played Missouri, the final score was 41-0 in Missouri’s favor, Vanderbilt squibbed the opening kickoff of the second half for reasons that we won’t discuss in this space, and Derek Mason got fired the next day. In that sense, you might surmise that losing to Missourah (spits) is viewed as unacceptable by Vanderbilt brass, but then, Vanderbilt brass let Mason survive four previous losses to Missourah before deciding enough was enough in the middle of an 0-9 season.
Anyway, Vanderbilt is bad at football, Missouri is also kind of bad at football (albeit in a different way from Vanderbilt), and we’re all probably about to watch a shitshow that will make Woody Widenhofer smile down from heaven. Have fun, expect to win.