Today's Question: Now ranked, is Missouri football under more pressure?

Tuesday, October 6, 2009 | 9:37 a.m. CDT; updated 11:37 a.m. CDT, Thursday, October 8, 2009

Consider Missouri football's entrance into the national Top 25 polls this week. Maybe it's representative of the instability across the college football landscape. Highly ranked teams including Oklahoma and USC have already suffered surprising losses, and the Tigers have moved up into the polls by beating … nobody.

Missouri did in fact have a weekend off, culminating in appearances in both the Associated Press (No. 24) and USA Today Coaches' polls (No. 18). But maybe it's not that simple.

When ranked teams lose, they get punished by voters. If those teams are barely in the Top 25 to begin with, they usually fall out, and teams on the cusp of getting in (as Missouri was) take their spots.

Of course, Missouri is still the same team it would be without a ranking, and the same goes for Thursday's opponent, No. 21/22 Nebraska.

Still, the spotlight for an already highly anticipated game has been brightened with numbers before the names "Missouri" and "Nebraska" on television. Players and coaches talk most about winning an important conference game, especially one against a Big 12 North Division foe. But whether Missouri wins or loses, the outcome will be viewed by fans and journalists as a statement regarding the strength of the Tigers.

Do you think the Tigers are now under more pressure to prove themselves to their fans and the nation?


Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.