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.
On Friday, there was a game before the big game, where every defensive stand faced a short field, and every pass was thrown into quadruple coverage.
The Tigers defeated the Razorbacks on Senior Day to clinch the SEC East division title. We collected fan reactions and game coverage from social media throughout the game.
Before Friday's game, here's a look at the surging Arkansas Razorbacks, who will try to prevent Missouri from winning its second consecutive SEC East title.
Unlike Arkansas, Missouri hasn’t faced college football’s finest this year. The Tigers have not tussled with a top-10 opponent all season.
Once a "chunky monkey," Shane Ray took a while to grow into the 6-foot-3, 245-pound monster on Missouri's defensive line.
Veteran Tigers Lucas Vincent, Evan Boehm, Andrew Baggett and Shane Ray answer questions about Missouri's old rivalry with Kansas — among other things.
Is there an Arkansas and Kansas connection? What's a "Spoofer's Stone?" What's with the mascot and the naughty live beasts that attend Arkansas' home football games? Answers to these questions and more about Missouri's new, so-called rivals.
Along the battle line, as it will be known in the now annual Missouri-Arkansas rivalry game, is the bootheel. What does a man by the name of John Hardeman Walker have to do with it? Maybe a lot.
Missouri has lost Kansas. And Arkansas' annual matchup with LSU no longer happens during rivalry week.
Is it possible to create and brand a rivalry game? Perhaps, but it's new territory for universities and sports marketers. Whether their efforts are successful rests in the in perceptions of fans.
Missouri, ranked No. 17 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, will close out its regular season schedule on Friday against Arkansas with a spot in the SEC championship on the line. How could things shape up further down the road?
The No. 17 Tigers (9-2, 6-1 in the Southeastern Conference) prepare for a short week and large Arkansas offensive line.
Missouri plays Arkansas at 1:30 p.m. Friday. MU residence halls typically open on Sunday after an academic break.
The Tigers are ranked No. 17 in The Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today Coaches polls after winning 29-21 at Tennessee.