No. 1 on this list of biggest Pinkel wins is obvious. What's your choice for No. 2? Here's Tod Palmer's selection:
2. Georgia 2013 — 41-26 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga.
Many wondered if Missouri’s perfect start was a fluke until the Tigers dispatched the then-No. 7 Bulldogs between the hedges. It was the first big-time conference win since joining the SEC and key to MU’s first SEC East division title. It also ushered in the Maty Mauk era after James Franklin suffered a separated shoulder in the fourth quarter. It was Missouri’s first road win against a top-10 team since 1981.
It's a creative choice. My obvious first response would have been either 2003 Nebraska or 2010 Oklahoma, but considering what the Georgia win led to -- an SEC East title the year after going 5-7, getting to within basically one quarter of the BCS Championship, etc. -- it's not bad. What say you?
2 days to camp
We talked about those five seniors with starting experience before. Here's a little refresher, along with each player's career starts and how many starts he's had at his current position.
McGovern (LT): 28; 0
Chappell (LG): 10; 0
McNulty (LG): 13; 9
Boehm (C): 40; 28
Hall (RG): 5; 4
That's 96 career starts, 41 of them coming at the position they're currently playing. According to Phil Steele's experience chart, those starts rank second in the SEC to Ole Miss and 14th in the nation (although the Tigers' 73.4 percent of starts coming back on the line from last year only ranks seventh in the SEC).
When's the last time Missouri had this many career starts along its line going into a season? All the way back in 2011.
On the back end, Mizzou’s five veteran cornerbacks and safeties have started a combined 53 games, led by safety Ian Simon’s 22 starts, 14 for cornerback Aarion Penton (CBC) and 11 for Dennis. Safety Braylon Webb and nickelback Duron Singleton were the only key departures from last year’s defense. Another three backup players left the team — Shaun Rupert, David Johnson and Chaston Ward — but none was expected to fill a major role this fall. [...]
The Tigers essentially add another newcomer in redshirt freshman safety Tavon Ross, who didn’t join the team until after preseason camp last year, sat out the season then missed spring practices because of a torn ACL. He’s been fully cleared to practice, Pinkel said last month. Redshirt freshman cornerback Finis Stribling IV is another redshirt freshman trying to work into the depth.
Today in out-of-context Wes Clark tweets
Back to back like I'm Jordan 96 97— Wes Clark (@Im_back_15) August 3, 2015
Today in Connor McGovern lifting things
Last leg day before camp and I decided to hit a weight that I set as my goal in 8th grade at my first lifting meet. The magical 6 plate squat was what I wanted to do as a senior but only got 535 my last meet. Those are not knee wraps they are Olympic knee bandages by @kilosnotpounds Clearly my knee and I are ready for the season and camp to start on Wednesday. #mizzoumade #blurrlife