If you were in the room listening to Saban speak, you might have felt as if he was cautioning the media, fans — anybody — reminding them that this whole College Football Playoff thing is new. And untested.
Missouri will have its hands full when it meets No. 1 Alabama on Saturday for the Southeastern Conference Championship at the Georgia Dome. Ahead of the game, read up on the Crimson Tide.
Erich Heidolph jokes that he doesn't know many people with graduate degrees who fold towels for a living. But Missouri football's athletic equipment manager doesn't goof around when it comes to prepping and packing the team's gear for road trips, such as the one the Tigers are about to make to the SEC Championship Game.
It's all about football in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Missouri plays the Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship Game this Saturday, so here are 10 things you didn't know about Alabama.
Lee was a freshman wide receiver and had been dismissed from the team last month "for disciplinary reasons," according to previous Missourian reporting.
Missouri athletics director Mike Alden spoke Thursday about expanding the south side of Memorial Stadium, which would include a new football facility and increased seating.
As Missouri vs. Alabama approaches Saturday, fans serve up some witty contempt on Twitter.
The Columbia Missourian invited fans to share their road trips and experiences ahead of Saturday's game.
In 2013, Missouri fans were vastly outnumbered by Auburn fans. Missouri fans could face a similar fate again in a matchup against Alabama, which is just three hours from the Georgia Dome.
Andrew Baggett became the first Tiger to kick two 50-yard field goals in the same game. But in high school, he was splitting the uprights on kickoffs and denting vehicles in the parking lot.
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel and Alabama coach Nick Saban were both influenced by Don James, their coach at Kent State. Saturday's Southeastern Conference Championship game will be the second meeting for the coaches.
The University of Missouri violated the Southeastern Conference's "access to competition area" policy when fans stormed Faurot Field after the Tigers' win over Arkansas.
The Tigers head into Saturday's SEC championship game against No. 1 Alabama as underdogs once again. Which is just fine by them.
Missouri is No. 16 in the most recent College Football Playoff ranking. The Tigers have too many teams to jump in order to qualify for the semifinal — even if they capture the SEC Championship.
In the days leading up to Saturday's SEC Championship Game against No. 1 Alabama, the national media have wondered more about Missouri's two losses than its 10 wins.
"I think you create your own luck," Tigers coach Gary Pinkel said Sunday. Maybe, but the football gods have smiled a bit on this SEC title-game-bound Missouri team.
Missouri rose three spots in The Associated Press Top 25 and four spots in the USA Today Coaches polls. The Tigers play No. 1 Alabama on Saturday for the Southeastern Conference Championship.
Receiver Jimmie Hunt played a pivotal role in the Missouri drive that gave the Tigers the lead for keeps. Next stop, the SEC Championship game next weekend in Atlanta.
Senior Marcus Murphy put the Tigers ahead late in the fourth quarter. Missouri also earned a trip to Atlanta.
The senior receiver is now 2-for-2 passing in his career. He helped tie Saturday's game on a double-reverse pass that sparked Missouri's win.