We shouldn’t think Missouri is as bad as they looked against Georgia-wrong time for anyone to play the Dawgs. Georgia was fired up to play with a chip on their shoulder and unfortunately Missouri was the next victim in line. I am not sure many teams would have beaten the Dawgs in that spot. Likewise, while Florida did in fact beat themselves, so we shouldn’t get too carried away with ourselves with Missouri’s win against Florida. The Gators just flat out imploded, and Missouri was the fortunate beneficiary. One week, wrong place at the wrong time. The next week, right place at the right time.
That is what makes picking games so difficult, and this season has been that way on steroids. You have two options for football-the homogenized style of the NFL, or the emotion-fueled college game.
This example shows why I’d take college every single time.
But Missouri deserves some credit here. Yes, their offense has looked very pedestrian against South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. But they are 2-1 in those Conference games. Missouri has beaten Georgia, Tennessee (2x), South Carolina and Florida. They have won in Knoxville, Athens, Columbia and Gainesville. In the SEC Championship game, they played good enough to win most years. Auburn was just too strong at that point in the season.
Missouri and Gary Pinkel have turned into a relevant player in the SEC in a very short time. Who would have thought they would be a more legitimate threat in the SEC than Texas A&M, especially after both teams’ inaugural SEC campaigns?
You can say that Missouri was again at the right place at the right time when some of the other programs were either riddled with injuries or not playing well. But I will still give all the credit in the world to what Missouri has done so far. Kudos to Coach Pinkel and his staff.