THE WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: The Tigers take the week off

Sunday, October 21, 2012 | 7:11 p.m. CDT; updated 7:00 a.m. CDT, Monday, October 22, 2012
Wide receiver Zach Reuter catches a pass for a touchdown against Jefferson City. The Bruins won 28-18 on Friday night.

This week, the Missouri football team is on a bye week before the homecoming game against the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday. The bye could not have come at a better time, offering a chance for recovery after the Tigers lost 42-10 to No. 1 Alabama in a game where the Crimson Tide defense was literally tossing the Tigers around the field.

Even when the team is not playing, it is still the biggest story in town. This week, the focus was on the Tigers chances at going to a bowl game this year. With a 3-4 record, the Tigers are still mathematically bowl-eligible, but the road ahead will not be easy. After next week's game, they have three more SEC games, all of which are on the road. Two of the teams they will face, Florida and Texas A&M, are ranked in the top 20 in the Bowl Championship Series standings. 

What others are saying

As basketball season inches closer to alleviate Tigers fans from a disappointing football season, Missouri is getting a lot of attention. In the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Stu Durando wrote a piece about senior forward Laurence Bowers as he begins to prepare for the season after missing last year because of a torn ACL.

Bill Connelly, blogger for Rock M Nation, wrote a story about the future of the Missouri basketball team. In it, he highlighted the potential recruits Frank Haith will be going after and how the make-up of the new team will function.

High school football

Rock Bridge clinched the No. 3 seed in the district tournament after they beat Jefferson City 28-18 on Friday night.

The night was not as pleasant for Hickman, which suffered its first loss of the season. The Kewpies never had the lead, and Rockhurst finished with a 34-7 win. 

An interesting turn this season would be if Hickman and Rock Bridge face each other in the playoffs. The way the rankings are falling into place, it seems likely that there could be a rematch if the teams can get past their first-round opponents.

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