John Adams: Missouri loss could be tougher to shake off than UT's

John Adams
Missouri kicker Andrew Baggett, center, watches his field goal attempt hit the goalpost with teammates Sean Culkin, right, and Mitch Hall and South Carolina's Skai Moore during the second overtime of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Columbia, Mo. South Carolina won 27-24. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

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Missouri kicker Andrew Baggett, center, watches his field goal attempt hit the goalpost with teammates Sean Culkin, right, and Mitch Hall and South Carolina's Skai Moore during the second overtime of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Columbia, Mo. South Carolina won 27-24. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

Tennessee had a bad day last Saturday against Alabama. But Missouri had a worse Saturday night.

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jakethevolguy writes:

Conner Shaw was the downfall of Mizzou last week and unless Dobbs can move UT's offense down the field in similar fashion it may be a long day for the Vols. I believe the Vols can play well enough defensively to win provided they can put some points on the board and I don't mean field goals either. GBO!! Kick some Tiger butt!

johnlg00 writes:

Some interesting paralells between Mizzou's experience with SC and the Vols'. Both were road games for the Gamecocks. The Vols dominated them in the 4th quarter at Neyland and SC dominated Mizzou in the 4th quarter at their place.

Hard to draw any conclusions from that. Just shows that every game is unique. Mizzou seems to have experienced several shocks at home over the years, but the Vols have had trouble winning on the road for some time now. As Adams says, the outcome depends on which team can overcome its past and concentrate only on what is happening on the field that night.

Even as wounded as Mizzou seems right now, both physically and emotionally, a win Saturday would be an even bigger milestone for the Vols than the win over SC, especially since it would be a road win coming right after the Bama debacle. If the Vols can win that one without any major injuries, they just might run the table the rest of the way. If they don't, the anxiety level will go way up and at least two more losses might follow, effectively wrecking the season.

They are nearing the crest of a big hill on their way to once again becoming a relevant factor in the conference. If they have the wherewithal to push over it, the upward trajectory should continue.

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