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Will Missouri's matchup with Texas A&M be decisive for the football season?

Let's round out the week on “The Joe Gaither Show” by welcoming Joey Van Zummeren, who will predict the Missouri Tigers' 2024 schedule. Our pair goes game by game, predicting something each week as the Tigers try to prove that their 2023 success was no fluke.

The first four weeks for the Tigers appear relatively manageable, as Missouri stays in the friendly climes of Faurot Field to face Murray State, Buffalo, Boston College and Vanderbilt. While two key games against Alabama and Oklahoma stand out on paper as the most important on the 2024 schedule, the midseason clash with the Texas A&M Aggies could prove to be a defining moment for the year.

If Eli Drinkwitz can get his team ready to play and win after the first off week of the year in College Station, the Tigers could be among the conference favorites and qualify for the SEC championship game and the 12-team playoffs.

However, a loss to the Aggies could derail early season momentum and jeopardize the Tigers' hopes of a top-four finish in the conference. Van Zummeren highlights the matchup against new head coach Mike Elko as both hosts are calling it a crucial matchup that could define Missouri's season.

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