Just one day separates Missouri from a clash with Mississippi State and the stakes became even higher with the Bulldogs debuting at No. 20 in the College Football Playoff rankings Tuesday. Mizzou may not have as lofty of expectations as Mississippi State, but a win at home over a nationally-ranked opponent could be a season changer.
Here are four things to know:
- Mizzou will have extra motivation coming out of its bye week, as the team received a boost from former Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell, who spoke to the Tigers about brotherhood and perseverance last week.
- “A mistake is forgivable. This is borderline fraudulent,” said St. Louis Post Dispatch’s Ben Frederickson over senior linebacker Kentrell Brothers not being a semifinalist for the Butkus Award. He minced no words in voicing his displeasure.
- “Pinkel should think twice before going soft on a repeat offender again, no matter how badly he feels for the player or how badly he needs him back on the field,” says St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeff Gordon of quarterback Maty Mauk’s situation. Just how badly did Mauk hurt Mizzou?
- The current Mizzou offense will go down as one of the worst in program history, but we shouldn’t be surprised, wrote PowerMizzou.com’s Pete Scantlebury. The foundation for the problems this offense faces was built in 2011.