Now, before Gary Pinkel‘s team can reach that special stage, the Tigers must first finish the job and fend off a few SEC powerhouses. Mizzou stepped up the plate on Saturday as the Tigers handed the Florida Gators their third loss. With quarterback James Franklin out of action, NCAAF pundits were worried that Florida’s advantageous defense would wreak havoc on Franklin’s inexperienced replacement Maty Mauk.
The Tigers scored 36 points on the Gators, which is the most points Florida has surrendered in a single game all season.
So, while the folks in Missouri are excited about a win over the Gators, devout Mizzou fans know that the bigger tests are still to come. For instance, the Tigers will host the 11th-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks, who will be highly motivated after a heart-breaking Week 8 loss. After that highly anticipated game, Pinkel’s troops will play Butch Jones and the red-hot Tennessee Volunteers.
However, the biggest game of Mizzou’s season will in fact be the last regular season game of the year as the Tigers welcome the seventh-ranked Texas A&M Aggies. This Week 14 contest could easily decide whether or not the Tigers head to the SEC Championship Game just one year after joining the conference.