COLUMBIA — Fresh off a road win in Big Ten country and with its Southeastern Conference opener on the horizon, Missouri is staring squarely in the face of a classic trap game against Arkansas State.
By TOD PALMER
The Kansas City Star
The Red Wolves have won 10 games in back-to-back seasons, but Bryan Harsin is also the fourth coach in four seasons and Arkansas State was handled rather easily by Auburn and Memphis already.
But Tigers coach Gary Pinkel sounded a cautionary note.
Were not good enough to just to breeze right in and try to play a game, because well get whooped, he said.
Fortunately, Pinkel doesnt think Missouri will peek ahead to its the conference opener at Vanderbilt.
This is about us playing our best game, Pinkel said. It doesnt matter who were playing. Its about playing our best football. We say we want to be a great team and we want to accomplish a lot this year, but if were begging our players to play hard and respect people then were not the team I think we are.
In fact, senior wide receiver LDamian Washington insists that Missouri isnt thinking about the Commodores or any of the SECs powerhouses this week.
We havent thought too far ahead about the SEC schedule, said Washington, one of the Tigers four permanent captains. Right now, its one game at a time. This is step four of 12. We know where we want to be at the end of the season, but we know the next game is the most important, so right now were focused on Arkansas State.
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