Baylor Blowout Looming? Missouri Tiger Fans Confident Against the Bears

Peter FleischerSenior Writer INovember 6, 2009

ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 5: Danario Alexander #81 of the University of Missouri Tigers hauls in a pass against the University of Illinois Fighting Illini during the State Farm Arch Rivalry on September 5, 2009 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Tigers beat the Fighting Illini 37-9.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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If there was EVER a Big 12 game Missouri was gonna win by blasting an opponent, it's tomorrows game against the lowly Baylor Bears.

I'd like to somewhat preface this article by saying I loved the Bears headed into the season. With Jay Finley and Kendall Wright flanking Robert Griffin as young stars spiking some hope into the depressing Baylor athletic department, I was actually rooting for Baylor to make a move in the loaded South division.

But that certainly hasn't happened. After Griffin went down in the season's third week, this team has pretty much been void of hope or even a competitive spirit. They haven't scored more than 10 points in any Big 12 game, and the defense isn't much better. They rank no better than 90th in any major defensive category.

Tiger fans are excited about this weekend. It's supposed to be a beautiful day in Columbia, which means not only will fans watch the game comfortably, but more importantly is that healing quarterback Blaine Gabbert and his teammates on offense will have plenty of flexibility to throw the ball without worrying about the elements.

Run or throw? The Tiger should have their choice, running the ball well in their last couple games, along with Gabbert getting outside the pocket as his ankle improves. And if he can avoid stupid interceptions like he threw last week against Colorado, Gabbert will have the chance to really get the offense going.

Mizzou has to win out the rest of their games to retain the Big 12 North crown, and this could be a fun way to get that going. Baylor is down; look for Mizzou to kick them.