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Missouri bounces back, takes another step toward Atlanta

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No. 10 Missouri (8-1, 4-1 SEC) took command of the game early and never allowed Tennessee (4-5, 1-4) a chance to come back Saturday night in Columbia, Missouri. Quarterback Maty Mauk had three touchdowns in the victory that helps Missouri continue to set the pace in the SEC East.

Mauk passed for 163 yards and three touchdowns and was the game’s leading rusher with 114 yards. His three touchdown passes went to three different players. Mauk has played well for Missouri while James Franklin has been sidelined with an injury. It might be interesting to see what Gary Pinkel does with his quarterback situation if Franklin is available at some point. If Franklin does return, will Franklin and Mauk split playing time, or will Pinkel decide to stick with the hot hand? For now, this is Mauk’s offense and he is running with it.

That offense piled up 502 yards of offense against Tennessee, a team that seems to be running out of gas coming down the stretch of a brutal schedule. While Missouri is certainly heading to a bowl game and still in the conversation for a BCS bowl spot, Tennessee is close to having their backs against the walls. With three games to play, the Vols need to win two games to become eligible for postseason play. Tennessee gets the next two games at home against Auburn and Vanderbilt and ends the regular season on the road against Kentucky.

The Tigers are now one giant step closer to playing for their first conference championship since taking on Oklahoma in the 2008 Big 12 championship game. The last time Missouri won a conference championship was in 1969, when the Tigers won the Big Eight title. A win next week against Kentucky will make it even easier for Missouri to get to the SEC Championship Game in their second season in the conference.

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2 Responses to “Missouri bounces back, takes another step toward Atlanta”
  1. kcrobert10 says: Nov 2, 2013 10:43 PM

    Go mizzou another big win. Love it can’t wait to beat up Kentucky next week.

  2. longtallsam says: Nov 3, 2013 4:33 AM

    Not so fast, Kevin. If Mizzou just loses once, and USC beats Florida at home, the Gamecocks will win the East. Unless, the above happens, AND GA wins its remaining two; then, there will be a three-way tie, and the advantage will be back to Mizzou, unless their loss is to KY(not likely).

    I think the most likely scenario is: Mizzou loses to either TAM or at Ole Miss, USC beats Florida, and GA loses at Auburn. That gives the East to the Gamecocks, based on their head-to-head win over Mizzou.

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