Since Missouri joined the SEC in 2012, the Tigers and the Tennessee Volunteers have rarely been on equal footing. With the exception of their 4-OT classic in 2012, in which both teams were bad, every subsequent year has seen one program or the other well ahead of the other.
In 2013 and 2014, it was the eventual SEC East champion Tigers dominating the Vols. But in the past two seasons, Josh Dobbs and Tennessee handled Mizzou easily. Time will tell if 2017 will be any different.
Until the real games get started, however, the main focus is on recruiting, where the Vols and Tigers are going head to head for a handful of prospects. One such prospect is 3-star defensive end Madison Norris, who released his top 6 schools on Saturday, including both Tennessee and Missouri in his list:
My top 6❗️ all glory to god🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/CqSWh0dPqO
— Madison Norris (@Madisonnorris98) July 8, 2017
Norris, from Fishers, Ind., is the No. 11-ranked prospect in the state, according to the 247Sports composite. At first glance, the two SEC programs seem to be the strongest choices for the 6-foot-4 lineman, but the allure of early playing time or the possibility of playing for his home-state Hoosiers could affect Norris’ ultimate decision.