Happy game day, Tiger fans! It feels good to not be playing an historically great team like the Crimson Tide, and it’s homecoming weekend! For all of us who still harbor smidgens of optimism about the 2018 season, today could be the day you can start saying, “I told you so!”
But first? Missouri have to take care of business against a solid Memphis team. For our Thursday poll, we asked which Saturday development would be most encouraging for y’all as we head into the season’s second half.
#POLL Time! What would most convince you Missouri is improving against Memphis on Saturday?— ROCK M NATION (@RockMNation) October 19, 2018
Again, we had some pretty close results! It’s clear not a lot of people are feeling great about the defense’s chances to hold a powerful offense down, but about a fourth of y’all would be pretty pleased with a complete offensive performance — and the passing game is due for an uptick soon.
However, better coaching and winning seem to be the desired outcomes. This past month has been pocked with unforced errors and a lack of discipline — which has manifested into a three-game losing streak. It would make sense that cleaning up the former would also fix the latter.
Let’s see what y’all had to say...
Success needs to come vs power conference teams and in conference play. Memphis is not a measuring stick for an SEC team— Mike Reeves (@mikereeves60) October 19, 2018
Normally, yes, this would be an entirely cogent point. However, Memphis has proven that it consistently hangs around as one of the premier mid-major programs in the country, meaning they fit into that, “bad loss, good win,” category of games for Power Five teams. So, yes, Missouri should take care of business against the AAC. But let’s not pretend that the Tigers are above this game by any means.
Play like you can handle the stage! Stop being so careless! Do that and I am happy win or lose.— Ray (@trevorrayc) October 19, 2018
I mean, if you can’t handle, “the stage,” of playing on your home field against a non-Power-Five program, you’re not going to win. That’s about as simple as it gets.
A, C, and D.— Dan Florie (@dan_florie) October 19, 2018
(But, also same?)
There’s still time to vote! Tell us what you think would be the most encouraging sign of a possible turnaround.
What would most convince you Missouri is improving against Memphis on Saturday?
This poll is closed
The full offense bounces back
Defense allows fewer than 20 points
Few self-defeating errors
For the love of all that is holy, just win