Gary Pinkel knew his team needed to improve after a disappointing game at Troy.
“I think there’s an expectation level out there, and there should be,” Pinkel said. “I told our football team after the game a week ago is that we let a lot of people down, and there’s an expectation level out there. Missouri fans expect us to have a very good football team.”
On Saturday at Memorial Stadium, the Tigers treated the 57,279 fans in attendance to a 48-0 win against Ball State, the biggest shutout since they defeated Kansas in 1986.
“I thought it was more of a complete game,” Pinkel said. “Obviously, it feels a little bit better, get some of that bad taste out of our mouth from a week ago. Offensively, defensively, kicking-wise, it was probably our best team performance.”
Pinkel and the Tigers have a little time to enjoy this one. They have a bye before beginning the crucial section of their schedule, Big 12 Conference play.
“Now it’s Big 12 time, and we’ve got to become a better football team,” Pinkel said. “That’s the message I’ve sent to my team. I think we’re a lot better than what we have shown, but we have got to become a better team.”
The Tigers open Big 12 play Oct. 2 when they host Colorado, which has won five straight games against Missouri.
Now the expectations get heavier.
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