70 | 60th AutoZone Liberty Bowl
SPECIAL THANKS BOWL HISTORY HONORS OKLAHOMA STATE MISSOURI BOWL EVENTS WELCOME
Missouri Head Coach
In his third year directing his alma mater’s football program,
the Mizzou Football program made big strides
under Head Coach Barry Odom. The 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 captured the nation’s
attention with one of the most impressive road wins
of any team this year.
Odom guided his troops to an 8-4 record in 2018 and to
the school’s third all time appearance in the AutoZone Liberty
Bowl. After increasing his win total each year after taking over in 2016, Odom’s
three-year career mark stands at 19-18 entering today. He is only the fourth coach
in Mizzou history to reach bowl games in two of his first three seasons at MU, and
he joins College Football Hall of Fame Coach Dan Devine in that category, as well as
former coaches Al Onofrio and Warren Powers.
For the second straight season, Odom’s team finished the year in impressive fashion,
going a perfect 4-0 in the month of November. That run was highlighted with
a dominant 38-17 win at No. 11 Florida on Nov. 3 that marked Mizzou’s largest road
win at a ranked opponent since 2008. Odom’s teams have now won nine straight
games in the month of November, and are 10-2 overall in his three years at the helm.
In his second year as a head coach, Odom put together one of the more remarkable
seasons in school history, when his 2017 Tigers achieved a seven-win season
and earned the program’s first bowl game since 2014. Mizzou closed the regular
season as one of the nation’s hottest teams, thanks to a six-game win streak that culminated
in a thrilling road win at Arkansas. That win moved Mizzou to 7-5 marking
an amazing in-season turnaround that saw MU rebound from a 1-5 start on the year.