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THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: Missouri football, northern lights and a fairy-tale house

Sunday, October 14, 2012 | 6:16 p.m. CDT; updated 7:08 p.m. CDT, Sunday, October 14, 2012
Creekstone Cottage features a fireplace in the living room. Guests who stay in the house range from people on business trips to football fans from Georgia and Arizona State.

COLUMBIA — Stories about Missouri football took eight of the spots on this week's most read list. Missourian readers also spent time looking at articles about the possibility of the northern lights being visible in Columbia and a house on the corner of West Boulevard that is now open as a guesthouse.

Here's a look at the 10 most popular stories published on ColumbiaMissourian.com last week, according to Google Analytics.

  1. The most read story of the week focused on comments made by Alabama head coach Nick Saban, when he said there could still be an upset when his No. 1 ranked team played Missouri on Saturday. After LSU, Georgia and Florida State lost the week before, Saban reminded his players and reporters that pundits' predictions about college football are often wrong. 5,007 page views
  2. After Missouri's 42-10 loss to Alabama, Missourian readers took a look at a story about the game and how the Tigers plan to move forward. Coach Gary Pinkel and his players are ready to have a week off to recoup. 2,306 page views
  3. A story about ticket prices dropping and hotel rooms opening up as the Alabama game approached. Following Missouri's 19-15 loss to Vanderbilt, ticket prices on Stubhub.com dropped. Even so, tickets to the Alabama game have still been the most valuable Missouri tickets of the season.  2,109 page views
  4. Missourian reporter Mike Vorel's story about the Alabama game also drew attention from readers. He described how entire sections of the east bleachers were left unoccupied after fans were evacuated during 38-minute weather delay in the second quarter. Missouri lost 42-10. 1,712 page views
  5. Before Missouri played Alabama, readers took an interest in a story about Missouri quarterback Corbin Berkstresser. The redshirt freshman said he prides himself on being able to throw the ball while he's being hit. 1,649 page views
  6. Missourian readers also tested their knowledge of Alabama's football program with a Missourian quiz about the Crimson Tide. The quiz has questions about the team's mascot, record and head coach. 1,408 page views
  7. Early in the week, astronomers at spaceweather.com said there was a chance that people in Columbia would be able to see northern lights. Missourian readers took interest in a story with information about the likelihood of seeing the lights and how to prepare for the show. 1,327 page views
  8. Alabama fans arrived in Columbia before Saturday's game against Missouri. Crimson Tide fans talked about their perceptions of Missouri fans. Some said Missouri's fans seem less intense than Alabama's and that Columbia residents offered a friendly welcome to its visitors. 1,186 page views
  9. Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel has dealt with a frustrating football season and a difficult personal year. It's been less than a year since he was arrested on DWI charges, he and his wife recently separated and his top recruit was arrested last week on a charge of possessing marijuana. This story explores how Pinkel is coping with these struggles. 1,152 page views
  10. For the first time in its 100-year-old history, the cottage at the corner of West Boulevard and Ash Street is open to the public. The owners of Creekstone Cottage bought the house in December and started renting it out in January. 1,149 page views

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