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THE WEEK IN MISSOURI FOOTBALL: Tigers celebrate Homecoming win before facing No. 6 Oklahoma State

Sunday, October 16, 2011 | 7:33 p.m. CDT; updated 9:08 p.m. CDT, Sunday, October 16, 2011
MU tailback Henry Josey makes a run during the second half of the MU Homecoming game on Saturday.

Missouri celebrated a 52-17 defeat over Iowa State for MU's 100th Homecoming, calming some fears about the team's performance so far this season.

Analyzing Missouri's playing style

An article pointed out that Missouri's offensive playing style was difficult to identify, but some players said the offense was neither too fast nor too slow but "just right."

Meanwhile, the defensive line has committed too many penalties. It is a problem the team began to counteract Saturday, as the team had zero penalties.

To deal with some of the issues Missouri faced against Kansas State on Oct. 8, Tigers coach Gary Pinkel shook up the depth chart, particularly in the positions of punter and kicker, for which kicker Grant Ressel and punter Trey Barrow will now have to compete.

Offensive coordinator David Yost said of the change-ups: "When I talked to (Ressel), I said, 'It's just like if we have a guard that's not getting his job done or we have a quarterback or receiver that's not getting their job done, then what we have to do is find who's the best guy at this time to play for us."

Homecoming: then and now

Missouri fans looked back on the epic defeat of No. 1 Oklahoma last year, particularly the touchdown scored by Gahn McGaffie off a kickoff return to start the game. "The centerpiece of that day was 19 seconds of football," the Missourian article read. The story also looked back on College Gameday in Columbia and when the fans rushed the field and tore down the goalposts.

Another article provided context going into this year's Homecoming game. It mentioned Missouri's losing record and struggles on third down and in conference games.

As for the game Saturday, the Associated Press described Missouri's win over Iowa State as a rout. Quarterback James Franklin threw three touchdowns and ran for two more, while running back Henry Josey ran for 129 yards and one touchdown.

TCU to Big 12; Missouri to SEC?

It is still unknown whether Missouri will decide to leave the Big 12, but the conference gained some stability this week with the addition of Texas Christian University. Even so, a move to the SEC could mean an additional $2 million in revenue for Missouri, according to a document obtained by the Associated Press.

A columnist for the Florida Times-Union argued that the SEC should not accept Missouri, given that the school has never won a national championship in football or basketball and that Missouri does not have complete dominance over the Kansas City and St. Louis markets.

AOL Sporting News made the argument that Missouri should actually go to the Big Ten, a conversation all too familiar to Tiger fans after last year's speculation that Missouri would do just that.

Next week: Oklahoma State

Missouri will face the No. 6 Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-0) next week in Columbia.

Oklahoma State is coming off a 38-26 win over Texas (4-2). Justin Gilbert made school history in the game, when he returned the second-half kickoff for a 100-yard touchdown, which has only been done by one other Cowboy.

Missouri last played Oklahoma State in 2009, when the Cowboys beat the Tigers 33-17 in Columbia.


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