Mizzou preparing for key game at Ole Miss

(KSDK Sports) -- After the weekend off, the No. 8/8 Mizzou Tiger football team (9-1 overall, 5-1 in Southeastern Conference play) enters the final stretch run of what's been one of the top turnaround seasons in all of college football in 2013, and they have designs on an SEC East Division title.

That's easier said than done, with Mizzou heading to Oxford, Mississippi on Saturday where Mizzou will take on the No. 24/RV Ole Miss Rebels (7-3, 3-3) for a 6:45 p.m. CT kickoff set for an ESPN national telecast.

Mizzou, ranked No. 8 in both the latest Associated Press and USA Today Coaches poll, and No. 8 in the BCS
standings, is coming off a bye week which followed a 48-17 win at Kentucky on Nov. 9. The Tigers have won
two-straight since suffering their only defeat of the 2013 season, a heartbreaking 27-24 double-overtime home
loss to South Carolina (Oct. 26). Mizzou is a perfect 4-0 on the road this season, with wins at Indiana (45-
28 on Sept. 21), at Vanderbilt (51-28 on Oct. 5), and at then-No. 7 Georgia (41-26 on Oct. 12) prior to the win at Kentucky.

The win at Kentucky marked Mizzou's fourth nine-win season in head coach Gary Pinkel's 13-season tenure, with only six such seasons existing in the Tigers' record books.

The UK victory was highlighted by record-breaking or matching performances, with sophomore WR Dorial Green-Beckham breaking the school record for touchdown catches in a game with his four scoring grabs. On the throwing end of those scores was redshirt freshman QB Maty Mauk, who matched the school record for TD tosses with five. The feat was accomplished four times by former Mizzou QB and current Kansas City Chief Chase Daniel.

With a win, the Tigers will secure their fourth 10-win season in the last seven seasons (also the fourth in head coach Gary Pinkel's 13-year tenure at Mizzou). Improve to 100-62 under Coach Pinkel, moving the Tiger coach within one victory of matching Mizzou's all-time winningest coach, Don Faurot, who won 101 games (1935-42, 46-56).

A Tigers win would improve them to 6-1 all-time vs. Ole Miss.


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