No. 8 Missouri (9-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) must win its final two games — starting with No. 24 Mississippi (7-3, 3-3 SEC) at 6:45 today (ESPN-TV) in Oxford, Miss., before a regular-season finale against No. 12 Texas A&M — to capture the SEC East division title and advance to the SEC championship Dec. 7 in Atlanta.
The trend of tilts against unheralded opponents continues when Missouri (3-0) hosts Gardner-Webb (2-2) at 2:30 p.m. today at Mizzou Arena. The lack of fan interest certainly has reflected that light schedule, as the Tigers brought in just 14,720 combined fans for the first two home games.
Missouri downed Mississippi State in straight volleyball sets on Friday night to capture the SEC Championship.
Missouri senior defensive end Michael Sam earned nominations for a pair of national awards Thursday — the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Rotary Lombardi Award.
It was the perfect remedy for an inexperienced frontcourt struggling to make its mark. The return of Missouri senior forward Tony Criswell gave the Tigers a much-needed boost during Saturday’s 92-80 victory against Hawaii in Kansas City. He had missed the first two games due to suspension after an unspecified violation of team rules.
Maty Mauk is a step ahead. Ahead of James Franklin. Ahead of Blaine Gabbert. Ahead of Chase Daniel. Missouri’s redshirt freshman quarterback earned valuable playing experience while starting four games for the No. 8 Tigers (9-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference), going 3-1 during that stretch. Mauk also closed out the Oct. 12 victory against Georgia.
Mississippi is nationally ranked again after a four-game winning streak that’s included some record-setting offensive numbers.
It’s James Franklin’s team again.
There’s no break on the horizon.
The Missouri Tigers had one option last season. Missouri was forced to stick with the enigmatic Phil Pressey at point guard through good times and bad. Pressey, now plying his trade with the Boston Celtics, averaged a team-high 33.9 minutes per game in 2012-13 due to a lack of quality backups.
The Missouri Tigers eventually will have to get some scoring from their frontcourt. It just hasn’t become a necessity yet. Jordan Clarkson, Jabari Brown and Earnest Ross — a terrific trio of guards — can’t do it all alone every time out. But they were able to do it against the Southern Illinois Salukis, as the threesome combined for 59 points to carry Missouri to a 72-59 victory Tuesday night at Mizzou Arena.
The first game that counts is under the belt. So the nerves should start to fade away, right?
The latest in a line of awards came in Monday for the Missouri football team.
Ninth-ranked Missouri would rather stay on its offensive roll than take time off.
Maty Mauk threw five touchdown passes, four to Dorial Green-Beckham, and No. 9 Missouri cruised past Kentucky 48-17 on Saturday.