(Missouri Football App) – Despite the loss to Auburn, Mizzou’s season was anything but a disappointment.
The 59-42 loss hurts; it leaves a bad taste in the mouths of Tiger fans who saw their team lose when it was in a position to reach heights it hasn’t in over 40 years and perhaps achieve something more; but neither the fans nor the team should let Saturday's outcome get them down.
Remember all the questions that had everyone had at the start the of the season?
Will the Tigers get back to a bowl game? Will Gary Pinkel keep his job? Can Josey bounce back? Will the defensive line hold up without Sheldon Richardson? Does Mizzou belong in the SEC?
The answer to all of those questions was a resounding “yes.”
Franklin recovered from an injury filled 2012 to throw for almost 2000 yards in a season where he sat out four games due to a shoulder injury. Josey ran for 1,000 yards after sitting out an entire season because of a devastating knee injury; The defensive line proved be one of the best in the nation (despite being dominated by Auburn); and Pinkel not only survived 2013, but thrived in a year when the seat was supposed to get warmer.
The Tigers proved they belonged in the SEC by winning 11 games, all but one of them by 10 points or more. They did it the way SEC teams always do: winning at the line of scrimmage.
Mizzou may have come up short in the biggest game of the season, but it took a huge step forward in the nation’s best conference.