Quarterback Drew Lock and the Missouri Tigers will host Vanderbilt on Saturday, trying to snap an 11-game losing streak in the SEC. (File)

COLUMBIA – Coach Barry Odom believes the Missouri Tigers have made a lot of progress in recent weeks – he just wants his team to get a win to show for it.

“Success is measured in a lot of different ways in college sports,” Odom said. “I’m judged on wins and losses. That’s it. I understand that. We haven’t been successful in that area. There’s a lot of really great things going on within our program. We’re making progress in a lot of areas. There’s some bright spots. I’m ready for that to turn into a win.”

Odom and the Tigers hope that win comes on Saturday, when they host Vanderbilt. The game begins at 2:30 p.m. and will be televised by the SEC Network.

With only a road game at Tennessee and a home game against Arkansas remaining on the schedule after Saturday, the game against the Commodores might represent the last chance for the 2-7 Tigers to get that win. They have lost five games in a row and are 0-5 in the SEC this season, extending their losing streak against conference opponents to 11 games.

“I wanted it to happen seven weeks ago but we’re not there yet,” said Odom, trying to get through his first season as a head coach. “It’s a tough process, but we’ll get there. I want it to happen now and so does everyone else. I understand that. Also there’s guys that care deeply about their teammates and this program and this place and they’re obviously not happen with the way the season has gone, disappointed in the win-loss record.

“There’s disappointment. You never sit at the beginning of the year and say, ‘Yeah, we’re gonna win this one but we won’t win that one.’ You don’t do that. But we did talk about as a goal, as a team, is to try to play better each week. If we can get every person to play to their skill set, to their level, then we’ve done something right. We’ve done that at times. We just haven’t done that consistent enough.”

Vanderbilt is 4-5 on the season and 1-4 in the SEC, but all of the Commodores four conference losses have come by seven points or less.

One of the areas where Odom knows the Tigers have not progressed this year is in the kicking game. They missed two field goals in the fourth quarter in last Saturday’s 31-21 loss at South Carolina, one by Turner Adams from 44 yards and one from Tucker McCann from 31 yards.

For the season Missouri is just five of 10 on field-goal attempts.

“We’re going to continue to work on it,” Odom said. “Those two field goals obviously were big points in the game but also they are one play. You’d like to obviously have those six points. I know that. It’s also the momentum that goes along with it. It’s good for them, bad for us.

“The ability to go out and kick a whatever-yard field goal it was, you’d like to have that in your back pocket. That offensively you know if you get to the 23-yard line, we’re getting three points. We’ve got to get to that point that if the snap is right and the hold is right the kick goes between the uprights. We’re not there and that’s frustrating.”