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THE WEEK IN MISSOURI FOOTBALL: Win over Miami (Ohio), Big 12 uncertainty

Sunday, September 4, 2011 | 6:58 p.m. CDT; updated 8:30 p.m. CDT, Monday, October 24, 2011
James Franklin looks for a receiver in Missouri's 17-6 win over Miami (Ohio) on Saturday. Franklin threw for one touchdown and ran for another in the win.

The No. 21 Missouri Tigers started the season with a 17-6 victory over Miami (Ohio) on Saturday.

But while the 2011 season is just getting under way, uncertainly looms about what conference Missouri will be playing in next season, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Conference realignment

Texas A&M's imminent departure from the Big 12 now has other Big 12 schools looking into the possibility of leaving as well. University of Oklahoma president David Boren has indicated that his school could also be on the move in the coming weeks. ESPN.com reported that Oklahoma could be moving to the Pac-12 and that Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech could join them.

A Yahoo! Sports story shows the Rice University marching band poking fun at the situation by spelling out SEC (with a $ as the S) during halftime of its game against Texas on Saturday.

Starting the James Franklin era

While Missouri waits for more dominoes to fall, the team has plenty of work to do on the field. Quarterback James Franklin, who made his first start Saturday, rated his performance yesterday as a C-. Franklin completed 17 of 26 passes for 129 yards yesterday and threw one touchdown and one interception. He also ran for 66 yards and one touchdown.

"A win is a win, and there are things I'm focused on that I didn't do so well," Franklin told the Missourian after the game.

Every Big 12 team that played on Friday or Saturday won its first game. Baylor made the most headlines with a 50-48 win over No. 14 TCU on Friday night in what ESPN.com described as one of the most anticipated season openers in school history. It was Baylor's first win over a ranked team since 2004 and TCU's first regular season loss since 2008.

Next game for the Tigers

Missouri's next game is at Arizona State on Friday. The Sun Devils beat UC-Davis 48-14 on Thursday night.

Arizona State is a popular pick to win the Pac-12 south division this season, according to a National Football Authority season preview.

Missouri and Arizona State have faced each other five times, with Missouri winning three of those games. Arizona State won the first meeting 49-35 in the 1972 Fiesta Bowl and Missouri won the most recent meeting 30-9 in 1990.


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