Mizzou not looking to live down to expectations
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel
already senses a prove-something attitude from his team.
"I think so, but I also think that’s OK,” Pinkel said. "There are some other national powers that they lose a lot of players, get a lot of players drafted and people assume they’re just going to reload. But you have to earn that. … (Our players) certainly did have a chip.”
Even though they played in the last two Big 12 Championship games and were briefly the nation’s No. 1 team in 2007, there are some underwhelming expectations for the Tigers this season after quarterback Chase Daniel
finished his senior season and receiver-kick returner Jeremy Maclin
left early for the NFL.
Missouri was even the underdog for its season opener against Illinois.
The Tigers responded with a surprisingly easy 37-9 victory, which pushed them into the AP poll at No. 25 this week. Daniel’s successor, Blaine Gabbert
, threw for 319 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score.
Pinkel described the opener as "our opportunity to show that we’ve got a decent football team, and I’m proud of the way they played.