College Football Week 1 Picks: Miami (OH) Will Knock off Missouri Tigers
The Missouri Tigers are unhappy cats right now. Coach Gary Pinkel made it clear this week that he and his team, like the others in the Big 12, do not like the way the league bends to the every whim of Texas and Oklahoma.
As a season more fraught with off-field distraction than any in recent memory begins today, the Tigers must try to maintain focus and avoid thinking about the looming implosion of the very league in which they play. Quarterback James Franklin, who replaces graduated Blaine Gabbert, needs to be able to operate an offense which he has studied and practiced at length, but which he has had very little chance to perfect.
With so little in the way of continuity or institutional memory going for them right now, Mizzou is vulnerable to an upset, especially early in the season. The Miami (OH) RedHawks see this as a huge opportunity.
After all we learned last month about the "other" Miami, this program--long a regional power in the MAC--has a chance to gain ground by sheer contrast. To do it, though, they will need to notch some wins over current contenders. Missouri would rate as a big win, and the RedHawks (who return virtually all of the team that won 10 games in 2010) have a real chance to get it done.
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