Seven Reasons Why Mizzou Will Lose in 2013
Even though South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney is having a down year, he'll have a green redshirt freshman quarterback to feed on this week in Maty Mauk and Clowney looks to be vicious once again after another recent highlight hit.
6. Hotty Toddy
Missouri travels to Oxford on November 23 to face Ole Miss (4-3). Last week, then ranked AP No. 6 LSU fell victim to Hotty Toddy so could Mizzou.
5. Luck Will Run Out
Missouri has been lucky. The Tigers have played a mediocre non-conference schedule while catching Georgia and Florida with all sorts of injuries. Their luck is bound to run out.
4. Johnny Football
Texas A&M (5-2) may not have a great overall team, but the Aggies do have Johnny Manziel and that could be enough to beat Missouri on November 30 while vaulting Johnny Football to the top of the Heisman race.
3. Gary Pinkel
This relates some to the top reason, but coach Pinkel just doesn't get it. "People ask me, What did you learn from the SEC after your first year into it?" Pinkel said during Media Days. "The SEC is what I thought it was going to be."
2. The Elephants
Alabama (7-0) has the top ranked defense in points per game (9.7) while still in the upper echelon of every other defensive category. If Missouri makes it to the SEC Championship, the Tiger's gimmick and fluff offense will surely be stomped by the Elephants.
1. Because They're Missouri
The most obvious reason is because they're Missouri. Attendance at the "Zou" did improve from 62,095 in 2011 to 67,476 in 2012, but that is mostly due to the influx of real SEC fans for away teams to fill up the empty seats. The Tigers still finished in the latter half of the SEC attendance statistics. Even after winning seven games in a row to start the 2013 season, the fans and program just don't get it. It's like they're afraid to chant SEC, SEC, SEC.