Power Rankings of Top 25 SEC Teams of the Decade... featuring Mizzou?
Now that the National Championship title has been awarded to a cigar-smoking, cash-grabbing (not great, OBJ) Tiger team of another colored stripe, Al Blanton of Saturday Down South has released his final power rankings of the Top 25 SEC teams of the decade.
From the article:
At times, teams like Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Arkansas, South Carolina and even Missouri threatened to ascend the conference caste system, but somehow could never establish long-term consistency to reside with the elites.
EVEN Missouri? Uh, thanks. But we get the point. We may have a great team from time to time, but more often than not, it’s one of the big 5 atop the standings, looking down upon us. When glancing over the teams that had the most 10-win seasons of the decade, it’s no surprise that Alabama is leading the pack with 10. Bama is followed by Georgia (7), LSU (6), Florida (4), and then Auburn, South Carolina & Missouri with 3.
As for the actual rankings, how’d we do? Let’s find out.
No. 23: 2014 Missouri (11-3)
The “worser” of the 2 division champions (Mizzou also won the SEC East in 2013) this Tigers team was bopping along until it ran into a buzz-saw against Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. For coach Gary Pinkel, it was a year that saw big wins at South Carolina and at Texas A&M, and against No. 25 Minnesota in the Citrus Bowl. All in all, the folks in Columbia had to be happy about the product Missouri put on the field in 2014.
No. 19: 2013 Missouri (12-2)
Missouri wasn’t supposed to win a division title so fast. Yet here the Tigers were, in only the program’s 2nd season in the SEC, playing Auburn for the conference title. And although the Tigers lost 59-42, the program gained a measure of respect. This was the year of James Franklin (not the Penn State head coach; the Mizzou quarterback), Henry Josey, Dorial Green-Beckham and Michael Sam, and a 12-2 mark was nothing to sneeze at. The Tigers finished No. 5 in the country.
It’s an honor just to be nominated, right? Here’s hoping we can get on the list this decade... Please? And if all else fails, at least we know we have the SEC’s best dancing baby gif for the rest of time. #MizzouBabyForever
To the links!
Yesterday at Rock M
- BK gave us Thursday’s Top Mizzou Moment, which focused on a game against Tennessee in mid-November, 2012, which would eventually set us up for SEC East dominance in 2013-14. I highly encourage you to check out the hard work Josh, BK, & Sam have put in on this project.
- Coach Bussen was back with his monthly Film Room, this time examining App State’s bowl offense. Check back in mid-February, March and April for more Film Room examinations.
- Sam shared a new FanPulse. To exactly no one’s surprise, LSU has won over the collective hearts of SBNation’s voters. Also, fan confidence in Drink is rising, and while Cuonzo’s is on par with what it had been prior to the FL win and other losses.
Football (past & present)
- PowerMizzou (free): Pete asked in his new ‘Voice of the Fantlebury’ if Mizzou should have taken a harder look at Mike Leach.
- PowerMizzou (subscribers): Sean Williams of Rivals had a breakdown of Mizzou’s latest offers for 2020-2023.
- Saturday Down South: Michael Wayne Bratton wondered if Mizzou is about to get a new commit, as Chance Luper just decommitted from Boise State.
- Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan: Kevin Kissner said the Broncos need to go all in and build around Drew Lock.
- MUTigers.com sat down with former Tiger QB, Blaine Gabbert, to chat about his pro career and Mizzou memories.
Men’s Hoops (past & present)
- PowerMizzou (free): Gabe and Mitchell put out a new episode of their PowerMizzou Podcast, with much talk between the two of them about the state of Mizzou hoops.
- STL Today: Dave Matter held his regular weekly chat, focusing mainly on hoops & football.
- Columbia Missourian: Brian Napier wrote about the Tigers’ iffy tournament outlook, but says all can still be redeemed.
- Truman’s Tales/FanSided: Rilee Stapleton wrote about the studs & duds of the Mississippi State game. They weren’t all duds, guys!
- The men’s team looks for another Q1 win on Saturday as they visit Tuscaloosa to take on the the Crimson Tide, who, in their last game, knocked off previously undefeated Auburn, led by Bruce Pearl (cough-cough... cheater). Our preview will be up later this morning.
#Mizzou‘s coaching staff will be wearing #Green4Literacy on Saturday at Alabama to help promote childhood reading and aid literacy programs nationwide!— Mizzou Hoops (@MizzouHoops) January 16, 2020
https://t.co/QKwvk2rw5p #ToTheFinishLine pic.twitter.com/Hp6QMNWgV0
- From The Ringer.com (a great website), Haley O’Shaunessy wrote a piece about Jordan Clarkson being everything the Jazz needed. Worth your time to check it out!
- SBNation Denver Stiffs: Ryan Blackburn said Michael Porter, Jr. is developing right before our very eyes.
- From Thursday night’s game against the Warriors... Good lord, Mike. That was nice.
- Denver ended up beating the Warriors in OT, 134-131. Mike played 29 minutes, scoring 18 points on 6-10 FG and 3-3 from 3. He also had 10 rebounds (!) and 5 assists. So proud of how he’s doing. From Mike Singer of The Denver Post:
Michael Malone: “Guys like Michael, Malik and Mason off the bench. ... How valuable were those minutes for Michael Porter?”— Mike Singer (@msinger) January 17, 2020
Malone said Porter is going to play every night moving forward.
- The women’s team had to face #1 South Carolina on Thursday night, and it went about how one would expect, losing 78-45 (MUTigers.com). Interesting note though, South Carolina only shot 20 percent in the first quarter. Too bad that was not indicative of their performance the rest of the game.
- Columbia Missourian: Riley Eilers wrote a gamer.
- Joni Davis, whose number 33 jersey hangs in the rafters of Mizzou Arena, was on hand and introduced to the crowd. If you remember, Joni gave permission for Aijha Blackwell to wear her number in honor of her father.
Other Mizzou Sports News
- Mizzou’s diving teams are in Los Angeles this weekend to compete at the 2020 Bruin Diving Invitational, running today through Sunday at UCLA. (MUTigers.com)
- Track & Field is set to host an intercollegiate meet today (10:45am start time), welcoming 11 schools to the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse. The Tigers look to continue the success from their first meet where they set three top-10 program marks and four meet records. (MUTigers.com)
PREVIEW | Mizzou Track & Field set to host Missouri Intercollegiate Meet.— Mizzou Track & Field (@MizzouTFXC) January 16, 2020
They will compete against 11 other teams at the Hearnes Center tomorrow! #MIZ #TigerTough pic.twitter.com/7RCtB2tqlk
- As mentioned earlier this week, Mizzou Gymnastics is back in action tonight with a meet against Florida at Hearnes! They will be debuting some new leotards!
- #TigerStyle is back on the mat this weekend as they face MAC foes Central Michigan today and Kent State Sunday. Both matchups are on the road.
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