Friday, September 7, 2007

Apparently, Chronic Fatigue University wasn't available

I'm not much one for dogging football schedules. I don't think you have to line up a non-conference slate with Southern Cal, LSU and Ohio State, and I realize that playing I-AA schools is a reality in the age of the 12-game schedule. But Mizzou's 2008 schedule, just released, strains credulity. The three non-con opponents coming to Columbia - Southeast Missouri State (September 6), Nevada (September 13) and Buffalo (September 20) - ensure that no one but the most ardent supporters are likely to want to make the pilgrimage to Faurot Field until Oklahoma State visits on October 11, in the sixth game of the year. The schedule also ensures that the die-hards who show up game in, game out, year after year, will feel that they've been fleeced. With the two most attractive potential home games of the year (Illinois and Kansas) moved to St. Louis and Kansas City, respectively, the top home draw is probably Kansas State on November 8. I'm not saying we have to schedule Florida, but could they throw us a bone and give us a home and home with Washington State or Vanderbilt or Virginia? Unless something unexpected happens, it will be year eight of the Pinkel era. Shouldn't we expect more by then? And is that really any way for Chase Daniel and Chase Coffman, who will be seniors, to go out?