THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: '48 hours of football' and more conference news

Sunday, October 30, 2011 | 8:14 p.m. CDT; updated 9:27 a.m. CDT, Monday, October 31, 2011

Missouri football dominated the week's most-read stories with talk about conference realignment, big conference games and a look at Columbia during a typical football weekend. Here are the 10 most-read stories posted last week on, according to Google Analytics data:

  1. A summary about what was going on in Missouri football topped the week's most-read stories. Along with the talk about conference realignment, there was also chatter about some big losses in the conference and some big games on the horizon. The Tigers suffered a 45-24 defeat at the hands of the Oklahoma State Cowboys, which left the Tigers with their worst loss of the season and a losing record. Chances at a bowl game were becoming bleaker, but the Tigers were gearing up to play Texas A&M. Missouri won Saturday so the Tigers only need to win two more games to reach the mark of eligibility for clenching a bowl game. (5,333 page views) For an update on the Tigers, check out the most recent summary of Missouri football.
  2. Missouri's involvement in conference realignment conversations is bringing a lot of traffic to the site, but people are still left hanging until officials commit to a move. In this article, Missourian reporter Harry Plumer dissects some of the most confusing conference questions. Until there is official word on where Missouri will go next, however, Plumer said, "Without supernatural powers, a crystal ball or even a working Magic 8-ball, no one can really say." (4,241 page views)

  3. Missouri is the No. 1 ranked team for rushing in the Big 12 Conference and Texas A&M is the No. 1 rushing defense team in the conference. The rankings are enough to suggest a fierce battle between two talented teams, however, numbers used in ranking the teams are somewhat misleading. (4,177 page views)

  4. On a typical fall weekend, the city of Columbia is dominated by the booming presence of all things football. The people, the games, the business and the spirit of football transform the town and highlight Columbia's love for the game. More than 30 reporters and photographers covered 48 hours of football culture in Columbia and compiled their stories, photos and multimedia pieces. (3,141 page views)

  5. Columbia Public Schools unveiled its three proposed boundary scenarios after listening to community feedback, moving areas in and out of different boundaries and calculating the resulting enrollment and demographic data with the help of a consulting firm. The boundaries were redrawn during the past year to incorporate Battle High School. In 2013, the district will reconfigure high schools to serve grades nine through 12 and intermediate schools to serve grades six through eight. (2,841 page views) 

  6. Last October, Missouri beat Texas A&M 30-9 leaving the Aggies with their third consecutive loss and without a win in the Big 12 Conference. Since then, the circumstances have changed, and this year the Aggies were more ready to take on the Tigers on their home turf. With different playmakers and an evolved mindset, the match between the Tigers and the Aggies was supposed to be even more competitive. (2,693 page views)
    The Tigers beat the Aggies on Saturday in overtime.

  7. More chaos came last week concerning Missouri's conference realignment and the move to the SEC. Links posted on Twitter took readers straight to the SEC's website with a page welcoming the University of Missouri to the conference as its 14th team. The link soon disappeared, and people were once again left pondering Missouri's conference future. On Friday, however, SEC spokesman Charles Bloom addressed the disappearing post on his Twitter account. The tweet read: "Web vendor made mistake. No agreement between #SEC and Missouri." (2,060 page views)
  8. Talk about Missouri's move to the SEC has heated up the website, but MU Chancellor Brady Deaton said it could be days or a week or more before a commitment is announced. A move to the SEC would mean a completely different climate for MU.  This interactive graphic shows how MU would stack up against other SEC institutions, including recently accepted Texas A&M. (1,992 page views)
  9. On Tuesday, authorities said a 3-year-old southwest Missouri girl died after she found a loaded handgun and shot herself. McDonald County Sheriff Robert Evenson said investigators have determined no foul play was involved, and all indications are that the girl shot herself with the 9 mm pistol. (1,762 page views)
  10. After his four-turnover performance against Oklahoma State, Missouri's quarterback James Franklin has a hard time not thinking about the mistakes he makes during games. Although he has supporters, and his teammates and coaches are quick to defend him, Franklin still takes the responsibility upon himself.  In a Facebook post Franklin wrote, "Playing bad feels awful, disappointing people hurts, and letting people down feels the worst." (1,123 page views)

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