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THE WEEK IN MISSOURI FOOTBALL: #MIZSEC, but bowl future unclear

Sunday, November 6, 2011 | 8:29 p.m. CST; updated 8:48 p.m. CST, Sunday, November 6, 2011
MU wide receiver Brandon Gerau drops a pass from quarterback James Franklin in the end zone during the MU Tigers' game against the Baylor Bears at Floyd Casey Stadium on Saturday. The Tigers fell to the Bears, 42-39.

Amid celebration and doubts about Missouri's decision to move to the SEC, questions remain about the football team's future this season. A 42-39 loss to Baylor (5-3) on Saturday — that didn't feel as close as the score – continued Missouri's pattern of win one, lose one.

Still no winning streak

Despite optimism about the team and quarterback James Franklin's running style after last week's win against Texas A&M, Missouri (4-5) fell to unranked Baylor. The game was a matchup between two unpredictable teams with similar records.

ESPN reported that Baylor set a school record of 697 yards, and quarterback Robert Griffin III threw for 406 yards and three touchdowns.

There were bright spots: Missouri defensive tackles Sheldon Richardson and Dominique Hamilton had two sacks and four tackles for losses between them, and Hamilton forced a fumble and blocked an extra-point attempt. And the fourth-quarter scoring surge showed determination.

But Missouri had suboptimal scoring in the second and third quarters, and the surge wasn't enough. Missouri must win six games to be bowl-eligible, which means, with a likely win against Kansas (2-7), the Tigers must beat either Texas or Texas Tech to make it to a bowl.

#MIZSEC

Reactions on Twitter to the announcement that Missouri will join the SEC next year have been diverse. Kansas fans celebrate "Victory Against Missouri," but other Big 12 fans are not so happy about losing the Tigers.

The Missourian has posted several graphics to offer context for the change, including how the SEC stacks up against the Big 12 and how travel time will change for Missouri sports teams. Check the Missourian graphics page for more illustrated SEC coverage.

Next week: Texas

The eyes of No. 21 Texas (6-2) are upon Missouri on Saturday in Columbia. The Tigers have more experience than the Longhorns, a team with freshmen at many key positions, including quarterback.

According to the Austin American-Statesman, Texas demonstrated the strength of its running game Saturday against Texas Tech (5-4), which it trounced 52-20 without two of its star players: running back Malcolm Brown and wide receiver Jaxon Shipley, both freshmen.


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