The Mizzou track and field team will continue its indoor season this weekend at the Husker Invitational, which will begin at noon tomorrow (Feb. 4) at the Devaney Sports Center. Mizzou will not begin competition until 5 p.m. at the meet, starting with the women's weight throw. The track events will begin at 6 p.m. with the women's 60m hurdles preliminaries. The meet will resume on Saturday (Feb. 5) at 10 a.m. and run through 5 p.m. Click the link below for the live blog!
The Mizzou track and field program, fresh off of three very successful weeks to open the indoor season, will be back in action this week as it heads to Ames, Iowa, for the Bill Bergan Invitational, which will be held on Saturday (Jan. 29), beginning at 10:30 a.m. MUTigers.com will be on hand to cover the event live! Click the link below to follow the blog.
As you likely saw yesterday, the final top-25 polls came out for the 2010 college football season, and your Mizzou Tigers finished 18th overall in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches' polls. That marks the third time in the past four seasons, and the 17th time overall in MU's history, that the Tigers have finished a season with an A.P. national ranking. The #18 ranking is the 11th-highest final poll position for the Tigers, in terms of the Associated Press rankings, which has been what we have always used for historical reference.
Four times in MU history, a Tiger team finished with an equal or higher ranking than the 2010 team, despite having the same, or more losses, than the 10-3 team which just wrapped up the season. Most recently, in 1978 (a team loaded with all-time historical talents such as Phil Bradley, James Wilder, Kellen Winslow, etc.) finished 15th overall with an 8-4 record under Warren Powers, while the 1973 team under Al Onofrio finished 8-4 but ranked 17th. In 1968, Dan Devine's team went 8-3 and still finished in the top-10 (ranked 9th), but the ultimate instance was 1959, when Devine's second MU team went 6-5, but still ended ranked 18th overall.
Here's a look at the years when Mizzou finished in the final Associated Press rankings (with the season record in parentheses). The AP rankings began in 1936, and through 1960, they included 20 teams in the rankings. Interestingly, from the 1961 through the 1967 seasons, the AP scaled back to having only 10 teams ranked for the season (for reasons I'm not sure about), otherwise, there are a handful of Dan Devine teams which likely would have been added to this list (three times from 1961-67, MU finished ranked in the final United Press International poll - 12th in 1962, 16th in 1963 and 18th in 1964 - but were just outside of the scaled-back AP rankings, although MU did receive votes in the final AP poll in 1962. Just not enough to merit a top-10 ranking).
MIZZOU'S SEASONS RANKED IN THE FINAL ASSOCIATED PRESS POLL
· 2010 - 18th (10-3)
· 2008 - 19th (10-4)
· 2007 - 4th (12-2)
· 1998 - 21st (8-4)
· 1997 - 23rd (7-5)
· 1981 - 19th (8-4)
· 1978 - 15th (8-4)
· 1973 - 17th (8-4)
· 1969 - 6th (9-2)
· 1968 - 9th (8-3)
· 1965 - 6th (8-2-1)
· 1962 - RV (8-1-2)
· 1961 - 11th (7-2-1)
· 1960 - 5th (11-0)
· 1959 - 18th (6-5)
· 1949 - 20th (7-4)
· 1941 - 7th (8-2)
· 1939 - 6th (8-2)
Obviously, with the season over, things slow down a bit on the football front, but rest assured the team is hard at work on off-season conditioning and getting ready for the upcoming spring season (which wraps up on April 16th with the annual Black & Gold Game), while the coaches are working tirelessly to finish off another exciting year of recruiting (which wraps up with National Letter of Intent signing day on Feb. 2nd).
As the 2010 Tigers received an invitation to Tempe, Ariz., for the Dec. 28 Insight Bowl against Iowa, a crop of former Mizzou stars made key defensive contributions in the NFL. Another former Tiger led his team in receiving as the season enters is final quarter.
-- By Ryan Schmitz, Mizzou Media Relations Student Assistant
Just updated the numbers related to most wins in the nation from 2007 to the present in college football, and our Tigers stack up very well among the best of the best. Here's a look...
|1. Boise St.||10||12||14||10||46|
|2. Ohio St.||11||10||11||10||42|
|7. Virginia Tech||11||10||10||9||40|
|14. Penn St.||9||11||11||7||38|
|17. West Virginia||11||9||9||7||36|
|19. Oklahoma St.||7||9||9||10||35|
|19. Texas Tech||9||11||9||6||35|
Here's a look at how some former Tigers in the NFL performed last week.
-By Keegan Goudie, Mizzou Media Relations Student Assistant