October 9, 2007

Media day notes: Tigers staying humble

The Missouri Tigers are coming off perhaps their biggest win under Gary Pinkel a 41-6 thumping of Nebraska that was televised nationally on ESPN. They hold the highest ranking since before any of their current players was born. But they insist, it's not hard to be humble.

"The fact that we're playing Oklahoma--NO. 6 Oklahoma by the way--they're a great team and we can't get all high and mighty," Tyler Luellen said. "We're ranked 11, it doesn't matter to us. We want to go out and prove to people we should be ranked this high. We want to go out and play well against a big opponent."

"It don't make a difference," added Ziggy Hood. "We don't look at the rankings all week and say we can back off a little bit now. All that means is we play a little bit harder because now teams are going to be coming after us."

However, it is an issue Pinkel plans to talk about with his players.

"I think from a coaching standpoint, psychological standpoint, you understand that they're walking around campus now, everybody's patting them on the back, which is great. That's all good," the coach said. "Certainly those things are something that we have to be concerned about. I'll meet with the seniors and I'll talk to them about that. They really help me, let me know what's going on with that football team."

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