“Well, how bad do Missouri fans feel right now realizing that if they’d won the Auburn game yesterday, they would have been playing in the national title game?” wonders comedy club owner-turned-sports scribe Craig Glazer. “I was watching some of the highlights of the game and when it comes right down to it, we all kind of knew better with Missouri. I mean, their offense played good, but it wasn’t good enough. And overall, you have to look at three things.
“First, Missouri was overrated, especially their defense, because Auburn moved the ball on them at will. Second, with all the accolades that were being thrown at Missouri coach Gary Pinkel‘s coaching staff, it didn’t seem like Missouri had a clue of what to do against Auburn’s offense. They were completely clueless. They weren’t prepared. And I’m sorry, Gary Pinkel, that falls at your footsteps. So do you blame the Missouri coach staff? I do.
“And third, Auburn was just more talented – they just had more talent. I’ve called this year’s Missouri football season the forgotten season. But let’s give Missouri some credit; I know they got run over, but their offense was pretty good. Missouri fans will remember this season, but nobody else will…unless Missouri comes back next year and plays at a high level, which they could.
“But while everybody here likes to pretend that KU, K-State and Missouri matter, none of their teams have ever mattered on the national stage. Nobody has ever looked at any of those three programs as national powerhouses. They’re just nice, little teams.”
The $64 million question:
Can MU build on this and build a nationally recognized, powerhouse program?
“That’s a great question and here’s the answer; the answer is yes. But here’s the reality. I didn’t like what I saw on the Missouri coaching staff yesterday and that’s a bad sign. I know all the MU fans love Pinkel now, but Gary still has to prove himself. You know, before this season his job was on the line, some people thought. People thought maybe he was a paper tiger.
“The question is, in the next two years is Missouri going to get to the dance? they’re going to have to win the SEC Championship, not just get in the title game. You know, Missouri’s football