ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 07: Fans of the Missouri Tigers cheer before the SEC Championship Game against the Auburn Tigers at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) By Kevin C. Cox
(Missouri Football App) – Deep down, Mizzou fans will admit they saw this coming.
I am referring to the outcome of Saturday's game, not how or why Mizzou lost. The Tigers seem to always come up short in gigantic games. Why would Saturday be any different?
Asking that question is not meant to take anything away from a team that had a great season, but it is worth noting that Missouri is 0-3 in conference championship games under Gary Pinkel.
The 57-42 loss to Auburn brings up the ghosts of important games past. It will remind many of the defeat to Oklahoma in the 2007 Big XII Championship Game, a contest where the Tigers entered ranked #1 in the country. Mizzou was outscored 24-3 in the second half and lost 38-17.
The next year, the Tigers went down in another conference championship game blowout. It will also remind people of poor performances in big games that pre-date Pinkel, such as a loss at the hands of Kansas in 1960 that cost Mizzou a chance for a national championship. The list of big game failures goes on even further, but you get the point.
The Tigers came into the SEC Championship Game looking to exercise some demons. The exorcism is going have to wait at least another year.