Missouri vs. Oklahoma: 5 Things We Learned from the Tigers' Loss

Bill RobbinsCorrespondent ISeptember 24, 2011

Missouri vs. Oklahoma: 5 Things We Learned from the Tigers' Loss

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    The Missouri Tigers took on their first ranked team of the season Saturday night with a road game against the No. 1 ranked Oklahoma Sooners.

    It was a tale of two halves as Mizzou led 14-3 at one point in the first half, but ended up losing 38-28.

    With the loss the Tigers fell the 2-2 and 0-1 in the conference.

    More importantly, there are many things to be learned from such a tough defeat..

    Here are five things that we learned from Missouri's loss to the Sooners.

Henry Josey Is Going to Give Big 12 Defenses Fits This Season

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    Tigers sophomore Henry Josey is one of the most underrated backs in the conference, and possibly the country.

    He had another big night for the Tigers against OU, rushing for 133 yards and a TD on just 13 attempts.

    This effort came just one game after the young tailback rushed for 263 yards against Western Illinois the week before.

    Josey has the vision and breakaway speed to give Big 12 defensive coordinators headaches the rest of this year.

K Grant Ressel Continues to Struggle

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    Grant Ressel, the one time All-American kicker for the Tigers, has been struggling to find himself this season.

    He's already missed four kicks, after missing three field goals combined in his previous two years on the team.

    Clearly something is either off with his kicking mechanics, or maybe he is just getting unlucky.

    Either way, Missouri has to hope that Ressel can turn it around soon, before the games become that much harder and significant in the coming weeks.

The Secondary Still Needs a Lot of Work

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    Everyone around the Missouri football program knew that the secondary was arguably the weakest link on the team coming into this season.

    After tonight's game, it is easy to see why.

    Missouri's defensive backfield gave up an embarrassing 448 passing yards to Sooners QB Landry Jones, while getting burned by All-American wideout Ryan Broyles for three TDs on the night.

    With many strong passing offenses still on Missouri's schedule, the secondary will have to improve, or the Tigers defense could be in for a longer season than expected.

Mizzou Is Still Not Ready to Be a National Power

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    Mizzou coach Gary Pinkel has done a great job of building a solid football program in his 10 years as the head man at Missouri.

    However, the one knock on Pinkel's program has always been that they are not ready to hang with the big boys in college football.

    Missouri is still a very good program, but after this most recent loss to Oklahoma, Mizzou has shown us once again that they are not ready to become one of the elite programs in all the land.

James Franklin Has the Potential to Be a Great QB

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    When sophomore QB James Franklin stepped in to replace the departed Blaine Gabbert, expectations remained high for the Missouri offense at the start of the season.

    Now, four games into his career as Mizzou's starting QB, it's easy to see why coach Gary Pinkel was so high on the young man out of Texas.

    The former Lake Dallas High star has shown flashes of greatness, including the three TDs he produced against Oklahoma.

    Judging from Saturday's performance, Franklin has the vision, poise and accuracy to become a very solid QB for this program in 2011 and beyond.