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Maybe, just maybe, Mizzou is awesome

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Everything Missouri does seems to work. Back-up quarterback against one of the top defenses in the SEC? No problem. Beat Georgia and Florida in back-to-back weeks? No sweat. You name it, Missouri has done it this season and the Tigers are now the team to beat in the SEC East. Missouri continued to climb the division ladder on Saturday with a 36-17 victory over Florida, holding the visiting Gators to just 151 yards of offense while racking up 500 yards themselves.

Missouri got more than they needed from back-up quarterback Maty Mauk, who completed half of his passes for 295 yards and a touchdown while being picked off once and rushing for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Henry Josey put together a great afternoon on the ground with 136 rushing yards against a Florida defense that was run over by LSU a week ago. This was a game of defense setting up the offense to take advantage and the special teams coming through in a big way for the Tigers. Missouri kicker Andrew Baggett converted all five field goal attempts he was asked to try.

Missouri’s win could not have come on a better day. South Carolina lost to Tennessee and Georgia lost to Vanderbilt, putting Missouri comfortably in first place in the SEC East with a two-game lead in the loss column. Next week Missouri will host South Carolina, who may be without Connor Shaw after suffering a left knee sprain. If Missouri wins next weekend’s battle of the Columbias, the Tigers will take a giant step forward to Atlanta to play in the SEC Championship Game.

This Missouri team is for real. They may not be on par with Alabama, LSU or Texas A&M, but in the middle of October they are certainly the class of the SEC East right now, having picked up wins against Florida and Georgia already.

They are Missouri, and they just may be awesome.

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31 Responses to “Maybe, just maybe, Mizzou is awesome”
  1. canetic says: Oct 19, 2013 4:31 PM

    Maybe? They are the only SEC team that is respectable.

  2. billmead1976 says: Oct 19, 2013 4:31 PM

    Maybe the SEC just isn’t that good this year. But then again, all you media ‘experts’ won’t have anything to which to bias your reporting.

    Mizzou’s hasn’t beat anybody this year. Georgia is about average. Florida certainly isn’t very good this year.

    Murray St., Toledo, Arky State, Vandy and Indiana are legitimately unranked or should be unranked. Florida has the 104th best offense in the country. Georgia has the 105th best score defense.

    Boise State might be 7-0 playing this schedule.

  3. stlunatik says: Oct 19, 2013 4:37 PM

    The Tigers are a great team! Just like the Cardinals. the Blues. and the Rams. but for some reason national media seems to not feel the same way. But for everyone that hates on Missouri, haha that’s why your teams lost. And yes LA still sucks

  4. billmead1976 says: Oct 19, 2013 4:40 PM

    Oh gawd….Jim Jones has you drinking Guyana Koolaid in St. Poo

  5. Anoesis says: Oct 19, 2013 4:42 PM

    Kudos to the Tigers. Missouri wasn’t on anyone’s radar at the start of the year, yet they are dominating the SEC east (with a backup QB no less). It looks like they’ll be the designated fodder this year in the SEC title game.

  6. BrownsTown says: Oct 19, 2013 4:43 PM

    Wow….the 2nd tier Big 12 teams have become some of the best the SEC has to offer.

  7. Anoesis says: Oct 19, 2013 4:45 PM

    stlunatik-

    Good job on giving your teams’ fans a bad name. And you wonder why everyone smirks at your “best fans in baseball” bullshit.

  8. tulsacyfan says: Oct 19, 2013 4:47 PM

    C’mon SEC East. Missouri? Seriously???? These guys never did anything in the Big 12 or even the Big 8.

    The SEC East is awful this year. How can South Carolina not win this division this year?

  9. kcrobert10 says: Oct 19, 2013 4:49 PM

    Hey bill cry me a river. Mizzou has beat the teams on there schedule. That’s all they can do. Now why don’t u check those teams in the sec and see the amount of injuries they have incurred before talking bs. If u want ur conference to get the benefit of the doubt then try beating these sec teams in bowl games or non-con games which not many teams do. As for mizzou it feels good to have a 2 game lead and be well on our way to Atlanta to play Alabama and the respect we deserve.

  10. tulsacyfan says: Oct 19, 2013 4:54 PM

    I love the SEC, but the big weakness I see in this conference is the total imbalance of talent between the two divisions. And this is not just a “this year” deal – look at the history of these programs and the divisions just aren’t balanced.

    Heck, Ole Miss could win the East this year.

  11. soundsofsuccess7 says: Oct 19, 2013 5:00 PM

    They’ve looked good but to be fair, their competition has been significantly overrated.

  12. melikefootball says: Oct 19, 2013 5:02 PM

    If Mizzou is playing such a bad schedule how did they beat Florida, that is a head scratcher. I’m sure gator fans will step up and let us all know—maybe it was those refs or could be they Florida wasn’t that good.

  13. Kevin McGuire says: Oct 19, 2013 5:02 PM

    I just want to throw it out there that last year, before any games were played, I had said multiple times Missouri would have an easier time making the transition in to their new division than Texas A&M. Obviously that didn’t play out as I expected, but I’m not entirely surprised by Missouri playing well.

  14. kcrobert10 says: Oct 19, 2013 5:07 PM

    Hey tulsacyfan they won the big 12 north 2 yrs in a row been to 8 bowl games in a row till the injury plague yr last yr but hey Ya they never did anything.

  15. kcrobert10 says: Oct 19, 2013 5:18 PM

    Hey there isn’t imbalance in the divisions in the old big 12, the now acc, or the Pac 12 or big 10. The sec isn’t any different than any of those. I have news sec haters and its really simple scoreboard, scoreboard. The sec keeps winning and the rest of these conferences are just spectators. There is a reason the nfl draft more players from this conference than any other maybe cause they are heads and tails better than everyone else.

  16. rambo888 says: Oct 19, 2013 5:25 PM

    Go Tigers

  17. bpw79180 says: Oct 19, 2013 5:30 PM

    I could be mistaken but didn’t Georgia beat one of the “top dogs”of the west in LSU? Please keep doubting us.

  18. saints97 says: Oct 19, 2013 5:45 PM

    Well, if Georgia is average, what does it say that they were barely beaten by Clemson on the road?

    I guess the rest of the country’s best teams are only barely better than the middling SEC teams.

    Sounds about right.

  19. kcrobert10 says: Oct 19, 2013 5:50 PM

    Other conferences fans see saints97 post he makes a very good point.

  20. dannygjay says: Oct 19, 2013 6:01 PM

    I remember Missouri being one of the better teams in the big 12 and everyone knows that Missouri’s recruiting has improved since joining the SEC. They still have alot to prove, but they are better than any big 12 team now.

  21. wustlumdnj says: Oct 19, 2013 6:06 PM

    The SEC is at the top of the sagarin computer rankings. This serves as data debunking those above stating it’s a down year for the SEC

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/ncaaf/sagarin/2013/conference/

  22. tulsacyfan says: Oct 19, 2013 6:15 PM

    Some of the short on facts posts here…

    Georgia lost to Clemson when Georgia was at full strength, BEFORE they lost all these key players – Gurley, etc.

    They beat LSU BEFORE they had most of the injuries. GA is a different team now. They lost to Vandy today. Vandy lost to Ole Miss.

    No SEC hating here. Great conference, but the East is weak. Conference championship game would just be more interesting with Alabama and Auburn in the East and Missouri and Vandy in the West.

  23. bpw79180 says: Oct 19, 2013 6:40 PM

    So those injuries equate to 15 pts for Georgia? Don’t think so.

  24. dcroz says: Oct 19, 2013 6:43 PM

    For those saying Mizzou was a middling Big XII team…you’re right, they were, with the operative word being “were.” Last year they looked totally unprepared for life in the SEC as they were pushed around by bigger and better-conditioned teams. I said then that they needed to revamp their conditioning program in the offseason, and it seems Gary Pinkel thought so, too. The Tigers look to be a much more physical team this year, and they’re reaping the rewards for it.

    Now, that’s not to say the stars haven’t lined up nicely for them. They took on a badly banged-up and emotionally-spent Georgia team last week, and got a Florida team today that also was banged up after their game with LSU last week. They’ll get a South Carolina team at home next Saturday that’s bound to be smarting from today’s upset in Knoxville; if they win that one, not only will they have a two-game lead in the division still, but they will own the tie-breaker over the Florida-Georgia winner, who will be the only team that has a shot at catching them (unless the Vols still have some magic left when they visit Alabama next week). Who would have thought that Missouri may make it to Atlanta before Texas A&M does?

  25. skwackquackwoof says: Oct 19, 2013 7:00 PM

    I said when Mizzou was 4-0 that their fans should write a nastily worded letter in protest that they were not in the top ten (tongue firmly in cheek). Now I have a hard time not putting them equal or better than the 2 “top 5″ ACC teams. Tiger fans have every right to be proud. They have shown a tremendous amount of heart and gumption! I will make a point to watch some film because I would like to see their D in action.

  26. Deb says: Oct 19, 2013 10:20 PM

    Congrats to Mizzou!!!! As a Missouri alum, I am loving this! The only thing worrying me is the possibilty that my alma mater could beat my lifelong team, the Crimson Tide, in the SEC Championship.

    But for now … it’s great to have both my team and my alma mater atop the SEC :)

  27. noplanb1 says: Oct 20, 2013 12:35 AM

    mizzou looks stout. good luck to them this year!

    gig em

  28. pike573 says: Oct 20, 2013 12:53 AM

    The D was pretty good last and got a lot better as the year went along. They were a borderline top 25 team but with the schedule they had that lead to a lot of L’s. Josey was out for the year, Franklin went down (and Berkstresser isn’t the guy), and 3/5 of the starting OLine missed went down and missed all or some of the season.

    This year the D is even better. The line is better (and healthy), Josey is back, the receiving corps has improved. Even though Franklin got hurt again, Mauk is even of an upgrade (added to the other pluses) to get us to where we are.

  29. v2the4 says: Oct 20, 2013 9:44 AM

    congrats to Mizzou…I dont think pundits and purists would have thought this was possible, a new school to the conference beating east powerhouses Georgia and Florida in the same season and in back to back weeks…I cant remember anyone else other than South Carolina doing that in recent memory.

    for all intents, this South Carolina game is probably the biggest in school history on campus, and rivals the Mizzou/Kansas games in 2007-2009 and the two big 12 championship games they played in ’07 when they ranked #1 and ’08, both vs OU.

    if they do beat South Carolina next week, its probably a wrap for the SEC East title, as only Tennessee, who already has two sec losses, can catch them and claim a head to head win.

    the rest of the Missouri schedule is:
    Oct 26 vs South Carolina
    Nov 2 vs Tennessee
    Nov 9 at Kentucky
    Nov 23 @ Ole Miss….
    Nov 30 vs Texas A&M

    South Carolina and Tennesse could present a problem, but those are both home games for Mizzou….they will beat the mess out Kentucky since they are playing football and not Calipari and his #1 basketball team.

    Ole Miss and A&M games could be interesting, depending if Mizzou slips up against either the old ball coach of the Vols….

    there is still a lot of season left, but Mizzou has done very well.

    I agree they should be in the SEC West and Auburn should be in the east….of course, we all know who is holding Auburn back from heading to the sec east

  30. Deb says: Oct 20, 2013 2:52 PM

    @v2the4 …

    Of course, as a Bama fan, I’d hate to see Mizzou in the West where they’d meet my alma mater annually. And geographically, it was just as valid for Texas A&M to be put in the West as Missouri. No reason to move Auburn–you don’t want to break up generations-old rivalries. That’s why the NFL worked out for Dallas, Washington, Philly, and the NY Giants to remain in the same division even after the the league was realigned.

    But it also makes sense to put Missouri where they can establish a strong basketball rivalry with Kentucky. The Tigers are having a good fooball season this year, but basketball is their strong suit. In that, Kentucky would be their natural opponent.

  31. thegeneral7694 says: Oct 21, 2013 1:18 AM

    canetic says:Oct 19, 2013 4:31 PM

    Maybe? They are the only SEC team that is respectable.
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    Surprised there have been this many comments without anyone calling out this idiot drivel for what it is.

    Awesome for Mizzou….I hope they keep it rolling.

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