02 September 2010
New to Mizzou? Need to brush up on your Mizzou football? Here are 25 basics about MU football that'll keep you from sounding less ignorant than most of the other freshmen.
Before Missouri takes the field against Illinois, here are some things every fan should know. (Photo from Words and Light blog).
1. Missouri runs the spread offense. Forget about fullbacks or the I-formation. It's not happening
2. 10 years ago, this program would have killed to become bowl eligible. Keep that in mind.
3. The winner of the Missouri - Nebraska game has determined the winner of the Big 12 North the last four seasons.
4. 2007 was arguably the greatest season in Missouri history.
5. That team had more than 10 players who would go on to spend time on NFL rosters.
6. The quarterback of that team was Chase Daniel. Not Chase Daniels.
Gary Pinkel took this program to new heights with the help of Sean Weatherspoon, Chase Daniel, and Jeremy Maclin.
7. Gary Pinkel has never beaten the University of Texas or the University of Oklahoma.
8. Since 2007, Texas and Oklahoma are the only Big 12 Conference teams with more wins than Missouri.
9. Since 2005 Missouri has averaged nine wins per season.
10. Missouri has gone to five straight bowl games. That's a school record.
11. Anything can happen against kU.
12. Home games are played on Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium.
13. It's pronounced Fuh-Row.
14. Faurot Field is named after legendary coach Don Faurot. He is credited with inventing the split-T formation.
15. Brad Smith nearly single-handedly re-established Missouri football.
16. Wear gold to games.
The gold rush looks sweet.
17. Gary Pinkel typically does not call the plays.
18. Missouri's recruiting classes have been increasingly better in recent years. Missouri's 2010 recruiting class was ranked 21st in the nation by rivals.com
19. Most of Mizzou's players come from Missouri and Texas.
20. In 2007, Missouri was ranked 1st in the nation and was one game away from playing in the National Championship game.
21. Missouri fans tend to believe the national media hates and/or disrespects Mizzou.
23. Missouri was very good in the 1960's, decent in the 70's, and pretty much awful in the 80's and 90's.
24. Under the current regime, get used to non-conference schedules that include one weaker BCS conference team, one team from a mid-major conference, and one FCS opponent.
25. According to MU's administration, "We are proud members of the Big 12 Conference."
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