September 8, 2012; Columbia, MO, USA; Missouri Tigers quarterback James Franklin (1) runs with the ball against the Georgia Bulldogs during the first quarter at Faurot Field. Mandatory Credit: Dak Dillon-US PRESSWIRE

Gameday Morning Zou

Good morning Tiger fans! Its another Missouri football game day! We are going to have a lot of great content coming for you leading up to kickoff tonight against Vandy. For now, here is a primer with some links from newspapers and blogs all over the web about the game today. Just click on the bold to access all the articles.

Missouri Vanderbilt Football Preview
From the Kansas City Star

From the article, Todd Palmer’s Prediction-
“Tod Palmer’s pick: Missouri 38-30
Vanderbilt’s opponents are a perfect 14 for 14 in red-zone scoring opportunities, including nine touchdowns this season. Missouri must continue that trend, capitalizing when those chances come. The Tigers are better at creating turnovers as well, which could prove pivotal.”

Missouri wants to prove 4-0 is no a fluke
From the Saint Louis Post Dispatch

“The Missouri football team had lost nine straight season-openers from 1948-56 under Don Faurot, but 1957 started differently.
For one, the Tigers played Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn., for the first time. The teams had met twice previously in the formative years of both programs as the Tigers swept the Commodores in 1895 (in Columbia) and 1896 (in St. Louis). The 1957 opener also marked Missouri’s first game under Frank Broyles, the head coach who would only last a season before leaving for Arkansas.”

Missouri Tigers ride confidence into SEC Opener
From ESPN SEC Blog

“Missouri senior wide receiver L’Damian Washington thought of a clever way to prepare his teammates for the 2013 season. A year removed from a less than impressive 5-7 season, their first in the SEC, the Tigers are taking a different, more immediate approach.
Saturday’s game at Vanderbilt will mark Step 5 of a 12-step program Washington designed just before the Tigers’ opener against Murray State. Each game represents a step. So far, Mizzou has made it through the first four steps in impressive fashion, outscoring opponents 182-84 in route to its first 4-0 start since 2010.

The Pregame: Tigers Set to Prove Their SEC worth in Nashville
From our FanSided Network friends at

“Three 2 Watch
1. James Franklin (The Quarterback)
There is no doubt this is the best defense Franklin has seen all season, which makes this his toughest and most true test of whether or not Franklin is really back in form. Vanderbilt has a skilled and experience secondary that will challenge Franklin, so the need for good decision-making is going to be paramount.”

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