I under-estimated Missouri when they came into the SEC. I saw them as an over-matched mid-west college getting an undeserved ticket into college football's big league. I couldn't have been more wrong about the third of fourth team most people would probably think about if asked anything about the Tigers.
This week is a bigger challenge for this young team than some may think. An SEC road game to the other Columbia to face a perennial division champion will be a test. Where just a few weeks ago we were the overlooked team, now the roles are reversed. How will we handle that - and on the far-flung reaches of the road?
The Missouri Tigers are very comfortable and more than competent in the home underdog role. This is the team that won the SEC East the last two years. It's a team that always plays with a chip on its shoulder. After all they've done the past few years in the SEC - they are still not respected. I hope our players don't under-estimate their talent and resolve.