The 2007 season was one to remember for the Missouri Tigers.
The team won 12 games for the first time in school history, and also won its first Big XII North Division Championship. Combine that with wins over rivals Illinois and Kansas, and it was a dream year.
But many Mizzou fans want more.
The general feeling is that the Tigers belonged in a BCS game—and that feeling grew stronger when Mizzou pasted Arkansas 38-7 in the Cotton Bowl.
Heading into 2008, Missouri should be motivated by this year's BCS snub. The Tiger defense loses only one starter, Lorenzo Williams, and the offense will be as strong as ever, despite the loss of first-team All-American tight end Martin Rucker and third-team All-American center Adam Spieker.
Mizzou also loses OL Tyler Luellen, WR Will Franklin, and RB Tony Temple, who ran for 281 yards and four scores against Arkansas.
In 2008, the Tigers will have a target on their backs, but the team is capable of making a national championship run. Mizzou doesn't have a regular-season game against Oklahoma, the only team to beat them this season, and Chase Daniel will be poised to improve upon his stellar 2007 campaign.
The 2008 team will rely on Daniel's arm offensively, and LB Sean Weatherspoon and S William Moore defensively. Moore broke the single-season team record for interceptions with eight, topping the mark previously held by NFL Hall-of-Famer Roger Wehrli. Weatherspoon emerged as a sophomore and could prove to be one of the best linebackers in the country.
The 2007 team thinks next year could be special—even those that won't be on it.
Lorenzo Williams was quoted as saying that if Mizzou didn't win the national championship in the 2008 season, he would come back to Columbia and start burning houses down.
It isn't even a week into the offseason, but Columbia, Missouri, is ready for the 2008 season—and is already dreaming of a national championship.
Here's hoping Tigers win it all, if only for the sake of Williams' mental health and Columbia's property values.