Amidst the mess of the most recent conference shuffling, it's easy to forget that the 2011 football season is already underway. The University of Missouri has had their name linked to various conferences in the past week (Big 10, SEC, and Big East) and the rumors remain rampant. However, Gary Pinkel's squad cannot get caught up in the madness and risk letting their season get away from them in September.
The top-25 Tigers are 1-0 after a September 3rd struggle at Faurot Field against the Miami (OH) Redhawks. With trips to Arizona State and current No. 1 Oklahoma remaining in the month, Mizzou must avoid the off-field distractions and get down to business on the field.
The following are the five things that require the most attention on the field to ensure the Tiger's success in 2011.