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2015 Missouri Tigers football team

The 2015 Missouri Tigers football team (also called "Mizzou") represented the University of Missouri in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It marked the Tigers' fourth season as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in the Eastern Division. The team played its home games at Faurot Field in Columbia, Missouri. They were led by 15th year head coach Gary Pinkel, in what would be his last season as the team's head coach.

2015 Missouri Tigers football
Mizzou Athletics wordmark.svg
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
2015 record5–7 (1–7 SEC)
Head coachGary Pinkel (15th season)
Offensive coordinatorJosh Henson (3rd season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorBarry Odom (1st season)
Base defense4–3
Home stadiumFaurot Field
(Capacity: 71,168)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 25 Florida x   7 1         10 4  
No. 22 Tennessee   5 3         9 4  
Georgia   5 3         10 3  
Vanderbilt   2 6         4 8  
Kentucky   2 6         5 7  
Missouri   1 7         5 7  
South Carolina   1 7         3 9  
West Division
No. 1 Alabama x$#^   7 1         14 1  
No. 10 Ole Miss   6 2         10 3  
Arkansas   5 3         8 5  
No. 16 LSU   5 3         9 3  
Texas A&M   4 4         8 5  
Mississippi State   4 4         9 4  
Auburn   2 6         7 6  
Championship: Alabama 29, Florida 15
    1. – College Football Playoff champion
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

RecruitsEdit

ScheduleEdit

Missouri announced their 2015 football schedule on October 14, 2014. The 2015 schedule consist of 6 home games, 5 away games and 1 neutral game in the regular season. The Tigers will host SEC foes Florida, Mississippi State, South Carolina, and Tennessee, and will travel to Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, and Vanderbilt.[1]

Missouri will host Mississippi State for the first time since 1984, when the Tigers were playing in the Big Eight Conference, before joining the SEC 28 years later. That match–up against the Bulldogs will be the third Thursday night game hosted by Missouri in Tiger history. This will be the Tigers' first year without Texas A&M on their schedule since 2009, and the first year without any team from Texas on its schedule since 1984.

At the release of the 2015 schedule, Missouri was the only member in the SEC to not complete their entire schedule as the Tigers were still finalizing the game to be played on November 14. One month later after releasing of their schedule, Missouri announced that the game on November 14 would be played against BYU at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.[2]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 53:00 p.m.Southeast Missouri*No. 24SEC Alt.W 34–364,670
September 126:00 p.m.at Arkansas State*No. 21ESPN3W 27–2029,143
September 1911:00 a.m.UConn*No. 22
  • Faurot Field
  • Columbia, MO
ESPNW 9–670,079
September 266:30 p.m.at KentuckyNo. 25SECNL 13–2158,008
October 311:00 a.m.South Carolina
  • Faurot Field
  • Columbia, MO
SECNW 24–1066,751
October 106:30 p.m.No. 11 Florida 
  • Faurot Field
  • Columbia, MO
SECNL 3–2170,767
October 176:30 p.m.at GeorgiaSECNL 6–992,746
October 243:00 p.m.at VanderbiltSECNL 3–1031,128
November 58:00 p.m.No. 24 Mississippi State
  • Faurot Field
  • Columbia, MO
ESPNL 13–3158,878
November 146:30 p.m.vs. BYU*SECNW 20–1642,824
November 216:15 p.m.Tennessee
  • Faurot Field
  • Columbia, MO
ESPN2L 8–1959,575
November 271:30 p.m.at ArkansasCBSL 3–2865,228
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Central time
Schedule Source:[3]

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 24 21 22 25 NR RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 
Coaches 23 21 20 23 RV RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 
CFP Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released

Campus protests and resignation of Tim WolfeEdit

In the fall of 2015 there were a number of racially charged incidents at the University of Missouri campus. Some students held protests, and some called for the resignation of university system president Tim Wolfe, who they said had not provided a sufficient response to the incidents. On November 7 some members of the Missouri Tigers football team said that they would boycott all football-related activities until Wolfe resigned. Coach Pinkel stated that he supported the players. On November 9 Wolfe resigned as president.[4][5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mizzou Football 2015 Schedule Announced" (Press release). University of Missouri Department of Athletics. October 14, 2014. Retrieved November 21, 2014.
  2. ^ "Arrowhead Stadium to Host Mizzou-BYU in 2015" (Press release). University of Missouri Department of Athletics. November 13, 2014. Retrieved November 21, 2014.
  3. ^ "2015 Missouri Tigers Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved November 21, 2014.
  4. ^ Tracy, Marc; Southall, Ashley (November 8, 2015). "Black Football Players Lend Heft to Protests at Missouri". The New York Times. Retrieved November 9, 2015.
  5. ^ Nadkarni, Rohan; Nieves, Alex (November 9, 2015). "Why Missouri's Football Team Joined a Protest Against School Administration". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved November 9, 2015.