Missouri, who has played four games away from home – and only one outside of the state – all neutral site games, will be playing its first “true” road game of the season at Old Dominion (6-6) tonight at 6 pm (ESPNU).
They better get used to it, as five of the next games are on the road for the Tigers (12-0), who are just one of four unbeatens left.
Missouri owns a 4-0 all-time series lead, including winning 81-58 last year in Columbia in 66-61 at the South Padre Invitational in 2009.
The Tigers are the second-highest ranked team to ever play at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. The Monarchs fell 66-48 there to then-No. 5 Georgetown on Nov. 28, 2007.
This game is a homecoming for Tigers starting forward Ricardo Ratliffe. The Hampton, Va., native, averaging 14.3 points and a team-best 6.9 rebounds, is among the nation’s leaders in field goal percentage at 76.2.
“This is going to be the fifth time my mom sees me play in person, and that means a lot,” Ratliffe said. “With her having disabilities, she wasn’t really able to see me play in high school because she couldn’t sit down after two hip replacement surgeries.”
Ratliffe’s cousin, freshman guard Dmitri Batten, plays for Old Dominion.
“That’s just what we do for each other,” said Ratliffe, explaining how players gave their allotment of tickets to Ratliffe so his family and friend could attend the game. “When we’re in Texas, the Presseys (Matt and Phil) get our tickets. And when we’re in (Columbia), we give them to Marcus (Denmon) and Mike (Dixon). It helps us bond.”
Although this is not the same Old Dominion team from the past two years, in the past Missouri playing on the road was always an adventure. Can Missouri pass the test?
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The Missourian: Missouri men’s basketball one of only four unbeatens
MUtigers.com: Tigers Face First Road Test at Old Dominion
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou hits the road for real, faces Old Dominion
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MUtigers.com: Mizzou Hoops Games Sold Out
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SEC 2012 football schedule
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Post-Dispatch: MU to open SEC play at home vs. Georgia in 2012
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The Trib: MU now focuses on setting non-SEC schedule
SB Nation: The 2012 SEC Football Schedule Released, Now Everyone Freak Out
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CBS Sports: 2012 SEC schedule team-by-team breakdown
Lexington Herald-Leader (John Clay): UK travels to Missouri on Oct. 27 in new football sked
College Football Talk: SEC releases 2012 conference schedule
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Mr. SEC: What’s Not To Like About 2012 SEC Schedule?
SI.com (Andy Staples): Plus-one, LSU repeat top 2012 college football predictions:
8. Missouri will compete for the SEC East title. The Tigers might have gotten the luckiest single-game draw on the SEC master schedule. Getting Georgia in Columbia — the Columbia with Shakespeare’s Pizza, not the Columbia with Pawley’s Front Porch — on Sept. 8 gives Mizzou its best shot to insert itself in the division race. Everyone will be fired up for the Tigers’ first SEC game, and everyone should be healthy. Even if tailback Henry Josey isn’t back from the gruesome knee injury suffered this season against Texas, James Franklin — the Mizzou quarterback, not the Vanderbilt coach — and company should have the firepower to make things interesting. If they pull the upset, the Tigers should have as good of a chance to win the East as Georgia or South Carolina.
Speaking of Mizzou’s 2012 schedule. The Tigers have three non-conference dates to fill in four open weeks.
Prior to release of the SEC schedule, Missouri was hosting Southern Illinois Sept. 8 and hitting the road to Miami (OH) Sept. 22, but because of dates with Georgia and South Carolina on those respective dates, the games will have to be moved.
Mizzou hopes to get Southern Illinois as the home opener on Sept. 1. They had also hoped to keep its contract with Miami (OH), but Athletic Director Mike Alden said Miami “looks unlikely” for 2012.
In addition, Mizzou’s current last game is Oct. 27 against Kentucky, which will likely be Homecoming and Senior Day. Mizzou hopes to fill its Nov. 17 empty date into a non-conference home game, as Associate AD Mark Alnutt called it “vital” that Missouri has a November home game.
If Missouri can’t land another non-AQ team, Alnutt said MU is not opposed to scheduling a second AQ school from one of the other BCS conferences but said that would be “a last priority.”
That being said, there was some speculation that MU-KU at Arrowhead could be saved for 2012, Sept. 1 or Nov. 17.
But is there s chance?
Alden thinks the chances are slim as he said, “I don’t see a game being played in Arrowhead in 2012.”
Missouri also has open dates Sept. 29 and Oct. 20, one which will be used for a bye week.
Other football links
Fox Sports MW: Mizzou appears ready for SEC
The Missourian: 2011 season a triumph for Missouri football
PowerMizzou: Season Grade Card
The Trib (Dave Matter): Emptying the Notebook: Farewell to 2011:
Against a more grueling schedule, Franklin completed 63.39 percent of his passes, slightly better than Gabbert, who completed 63.36 last year. Gabbert averaged more passing yards per game, 232.5 to Franklin’s 220.9, but Franklin had the better efficiency numbers, 139.9 rating and 7.6 yards per attempt to Gabbert’s 127.0 rating and 6.7 yards per attempt.
Franklin threw 98 fewer passes but more touchdowns, 21, to Gabbert’s 16. Franklin threw 11 interceptions to Gabbert’s nine.
Franklin was a major factor in the running game: 981 rushing yards and 15 TDs. Gabbert ran for 232 yards and five TDs.
As far as total offense, Franklin finished with 3,853 yards – a total eclipsed only twice in school history, by Chase Daniel in 2007 and 2008. And those were 14-game seasons for Daniel. In 13 games, Franklin averaged 296.4 yards of total offense and accounted for 36 touchdowns. In 2007, Daniel averaged 307.6 yards and accounted for 37 touchdowns. In 2008, Daniel averaged 309.6 yards of offense and accounted for 40 TDs.
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