NASHVILLE, Tenn. — I mean, all of a sudden, Mizzous game at Georgia next week looks a little different, huh?
By SAM MELLINGER
The Kansas City Star
Missouri beat the bejeezus out of Vanderbilt here on Saturday, 51-28, pushing the Tigers to 5-0 and (presumably) into this weeks top 25s. The Tigers third SEC win since joining the league last year is their most impressive, and the morale around the program has to be as high as its been in a while.
Theyve already matched last years win total, and next weekends game at No. 5 Georgia has a new tint.
"I don't think we've played our best game yet," Mizzou coach Gary Pinkel says. "So that's good. I think they know that, too. We can certainly improve as a team."
Georgia needed overtime to beat Tennessee, and its tempting to see Tennessee and Vanderbilt at about the same level. College Football References Simple Rating System, for instance, ranked Tennessee 34th and Vanderbilt 40th entering the weekend. Jerry Palms projected BCS standings had Tennessee 53rd and Vanderbilt 63rd. Mizzou, if youre curious, was 11th in SRS and 23rd with Palm.
Whatever. Well know soon enough how Mizzou stacks against Georgia, and, obviously, the Tigers will need to play their best game of the season to have a chance against one of the top teams in the country on the road.
But, as people have pointed out, beating Vanderbilt (especially in a blowout) gives Mizzou the chance to play for a great season instead of a good one.
Along with Florida-LSU, Oregon-Washington, and Texas A&M-Ole Miss, Missouri will be playing in one of college footballs showcase games next weekend.
This is the kind of thing that had so many MU fans excited about joining the SEC.