Missouri Tigers: On the road to the BCS

Last season the Missouri Tigers were the new kids on the block in their first season as a part of the SEC. They had a less than impressive first year as they finished with a 5-7 record. Coming into the 2013 season there were no thoughts on the tigers and what they could accomplish in their second season in this conference, up until they started to win and taking down other SEC teams, making them major contenders for a national title in just their second year in the conference.

The dramatic turn of events in the SEC East have shaken things up in the conference as teams who were expected to have tremendous seasons have risen and fallen, leaving no one to expect the current outcome. With a 7-0 record currently the Tigers are at the head the SEC East, looking poised to head to Atlanta for the SEC Championship if they continue to play at the level that they have been playing at this season and win games.

The Tigers took two major wins helping them with their AP Poll placement after knocking out No. 7 Georgia and then No. 22 Florida. Those two wins helped the Tigers jump from 14th to 5th in the newest AP standings, which was the most surprisingly development as the Tigers came in unranked to start the season off and were only ranked No. 25 going into week 7.

The Tigers are also sitting at No.5 in the first BCS rankings that came out earlier this week, putting them in great position to either compete for the championship or to get a BCS bowl game. The question that remains is just how good this Missouri team is and if they can continue their dream season with a few tough games still left on their schedule in the coming weeks.

The Tigers are continuing to play at a high level despite losing their starting quarterback James Franklin for the rest of the regular season with backup quarterback Maty Mauk now stepping up to the plate to help the Tigers continue on their winning streak.

The Tigers still have to take on South Carolina, Ole Miss, and Texas A&M before they can claim success over the East and possibly within the BCS. However the team looks poised to do so as they are currently not allowing more than 28 points to be scored on them and they are second in SEC rushing offense, coming in just behind Auburn.

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5 thoughts on “Missouri Tigers: On the road to the BCS

  1. vaughn9

    Despite the fact that BCS hopes for the Tigers may have been dashed with their loss to SCar last week, the majority of this article still rings true. I like the focus on “the dramatic turn of events in the SEC East”, and the question “how good this Missouri team really is” has started to be answered, but they are set to be tested even more and this question is yet to be fully answered. Which makes that a good, relevant and lasting question. Great job!

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  2. Loni Gibson

    Only one minor correction— capitalize Tigers the second time you mention them in your first graf. I liked how you showed their transition throughout the AP Poll. It would have been interesting to possibly highlight what it could mean to their season if they can’t handle the remainder of their SEC rivals.

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  3. theshandacrowe

    You have a few a grammatical errors throughout the piece but overall it is well-written. Be careful about referring to the SEC as “this conference” as if it were your conference. Watch out for comma splices.

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  4. jfedich

    I think the lead could be shorter and more to the point on this blog, but I like your angle. I think it is hard to believe Missouri has become this competitive so fast in a conference that no one thought they belonged in just a season ago. I do want to point out that within a span of two weeks, they went from No. 25 to No. 5, not just No. 14 to No. 5. Besides that, this is a great story.

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