Saturday afternoon wasn’t a good one for the Tigers. Kentucky controlled Missouri from the start at Faurot Field, zapping the drama from the SEC East matchup in a hurry.
Shots of the crowd from the stadium shortly before kickoff looked brutal. Apparently, the attendance figure reflected the fact that many Missouri fans weren’t interested in attending the Tigers’ game Saturday.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Dave Matter, attendance for the Missouri-Kentucky game was 50,234. That’s the worst figure for a home conference game for the Tigers since 2005.
Mizzou attendance: 50,234. That's the lowest for a home conference game since 2005.
— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) October 29, 2016
You can’t blame Missouri fans for checking out early. The Tigers entered Saturday with a 2-5 record and as losers of three consecutive games. A loss to Middle Tennessee last Saturday likely frustrated quite a few people.
Not much was expected from coach Barry Odom’s first season in Columbia. Still, the recent slide has to be a disappointment even for the realists.
It wasn’t a stretch to expect the Tigers to contend for a bowl berth. But with games against South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Arkansas left, qualifying for postseason play looks like a stretch.