Missouri Tigers Football: A Look Back at Their 2010 Season

Bill RobbinsCorrespondent IJanuary 6, 2011

The 36-27 home win against Oklahoma was the highlight of Mizzou's '10 season.
The 36-27 home win against Oklahoma was the highlight of Mizzou's '10 season.Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

The Missouri Tigers football team headed in the '10 season with many high hopes and dreams of a BCS game in January.

After all, the offense was being led by five-star recruit and strong-armed junior QB Blaine Gabbert and they had an All-Big 12 running back in senior Derrick Washington.

Heck, head coach Gary Pinkel even said it one point that this was one of the best defenses he had ever fielded at the University of Missouri.

Unfortunately for the Tigers, it ended up being a roller-coaster ride that concluded with another loss in a meaningless bowl game.

Before the season got underway, Washington was kicked off the team due to multiple domestic violence allegations.

This immediately made Mizzou's offense more one-dimensional, as they were missing the star power that Washington provided when he was in the lineup.

MU was able to weather that storm through the first part of the season, as the passing game opened up more, and Gabbert was able to find reliable targets in junior TE Michael Egnew and speedy sophomore receiver T.J. Moe.

Missouri was on fire, winning their first six games of the season. Then, Oklahoma came into Columbia and it set the stage for a prime-time game on national TV against the No. 1 BCS-ranked Sooners.

The Tigers, feeding off the sellout home crowd, played out of their mind on their way to a 36-27 win against a talented OU team.

There was new hope for Missouri, as they were now 7-0 and heading into a hostile Lincoln, Neb. to take on a tough Cornhuskers team.

It didn't take long for Mizzou's hope for a Big 12 Title and a BCS game to slip right out of their grasp with a tough loss to Nebraska and then a back-breaking loss to Texas Tech the next week.

After the two road losses, Missouri was able to win their next four games and still try to salvage a season that was full of so much promise into one that just included a victory at the Insight Bowl against Iowa.

In their bowl game, Mizzou was down for most of the game, but came back in the third quarter, only to see the Hawkeyes get a key interception for a touchdown to seal the game against the Tigers.

Sure, many MU fans will say it was just another disappointing football season based on how well the Tigers should have done.

However, the future looks brighter and brighter for Missouri football as they continue to acquire better recruits and should be a dangerous team again in 2011.

On that note, it would only be fitting to say: There's always next year, right?