Sometimes, a team’s overall record isn’t the best indicator of strength.
Missouri entered Saturday’s football game with a losing record. The losses came to Arizona State, Oklahoma and Kansas State. All were on the road.The Sun Devils are leading the south division of their league, the Sooners have spent time as the #1 team nationally and the Wildcats are undefeated.
“One of my greatest fears was that they (Missouri) were ready to explode,” Coach Paul Rhoads said after the game. “(Unfortunately) we gave them a chance early with short fields.”
Missouri dominated nearly every aspect of the game. Rather than dissecting “what if” scenarios, Rhoads and his assistants will spend time this week building confidence with Texas A&M up next.
“When it is a big on-slaught early (like at Mizzou), it is hard for a team to persevere when they lose confidence in each other,” Rhoads said. “We did a very poor job with complimenting each other (Saturday).”
It’s the mid-point of the season. There is a lot of football yet to play.The Cyclones showed great spunk in opening the season with three comeback victories. This might be a week when Rhoads reminds his team of that grittiness and how they competed during that early season success. Reader feedback is welcome at email@example.com. You can also follow me on Twitter at: twitter.com/SteveMalchow