Scheduling gods have not been nice to Mizzou

Scheduling gods have not been nice to Mizzou

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Missouri Tigers head coach Gary Pinkel watches his team during a time out while playing the Arizona State Sun Devils in the second quarter at Faurot Field in Columbia, Missouri on September 15, 2012. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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by Kyle Tons/ Missouri Football App

KMOV.com

Posted on October 1, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 3 at 10:18 AM

COLUMBIA, Mo. (Missouri Football App) -- We’re five games into the 2012 college football season and Mizzou’s schedule is something to consider.

Mizzou is 3-2 this season and are ranked near the top of having one of the toughest schedules in the nation.  According to the NCAA and the Sagarin rankings, Mizzou has the 3rd-toughest schedule in 2012.  When considering the FBS teams Mizzou’s played thus far, Georgia, Arizona State, South Carolina and Central Florida are 13-1.

Additionally, Mizzou plays every game in October in the friendly confines of home-stadium Faurot Field.  What’s weird is how the opponents arrive in Columbia.  Mizzou played Central Florida September 29, play Vanderbilt Saturday and will play Alabama on October 13.  All three of these teams played and will play Mizzou after coming off a week without a game.

These teams played and will play Mizzou with a little less than two-weeks of rest, whereas Mizzou’s played five games in five straight weeks.  Despite having a significantly less amount of rest than these opponents, fatigue is something the coaches need to consider.

“I would love to have 2 weeks to prepare for every team we play – ideally we would,” said head coach Gary Pinkel.  “If you have a bye, it’s good, but if you don’t, you don’t really think about it because it doesn’t really matter.  Bottom line is we don’t have it, and I really don’t think about it much.  I don’t talk to our players about it and it doesn’t change anything we do.  Bottom line, we gotta still go out and play – and win.”

Most fans knew entering the Southeastern Conference would bring a difficult schedule and it’s hard to judge how Mizzou will fit in after just five-weeks into the season.  Mizzou looks to get its first-ever win as a member of the SEC on Saturday against Vanderbilt at 2:30 p.m.

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