Missouri fans are great! Tailgating in Columbia is a sight to see. Tiger tails hanging from car trunks, kids dressed up as Truman the Tiger and of course, The Zou itself.
Memorial Stadium has had many renovations over the years and remains one of the Big 12's top stadiums.
Missouri isn't called the Show-Me State for nothing. Despite a 3-0 string of wins and a spot in the Coaches' Poll, Missouri game attendance has dropped notably compared to last season.
The Tigers opened the 2010 home season against McNeese State on Sept. 11, bringing in 55,582 attendants. The 2009 season opener against Bowling Green racked up nearly 10,000 more fans, topping out at 65,401.
Athletics Department spokesman Chad Moller beleives it's a combination of things: the horrible economy, the lack of "big name" opponents so far and the fact that Missouri took a step back last year after winning the Big 12 North title in 2008.
Moller does remain optimistic, believing that when the big name opponents come to Memorial Stadium so will the crowds.
This is a difficult one to judge. If I wasn't covering the Big 12, would I be able to afford taking my family to each home game? If it really is the money, then who am I to say anything, but if it's because the Tigers only won eight games last year, well that's a different story.
If you are truly a fan of the Tigers, it shouldn't matter what happened last season. Go have fun and cheer your team on.
Since Coach Pinkel arrived in Columbia, the Tigers have been competitive. I realize that Pinkel hasn't beaten Oklahoma or Texas, but he sure stopped the one-way beatings and early blowouts.
Mizzou is a fun team to watch, and hopefully fans will begin to show their appreciation for the players and coaching staff by attending home games this season.
Missouri does have lower ticket options at: www.mutigers.com
Midseason Grade: C+