Gary Pinkel will be attempting to lead his Missouri football team (9-4) to their second consecutive 10 win season Monday night when the Tigers take on Northwestern 9-3 in the 16th Annual Valero Alamo Bowl.
A lot is at stake for both squads, both attempting to get that 10th win, Missouri attempting to break a two game losing streak following season ending defeats to Kansas in the annual Border War and to Oklahoma in the Big 12 Conference Championship.
"It's my job to get our team focused and ready to play and thus far I have been very pleased with their efforts," Pinkel told the media. "They are very focused with what they needed to focus on in meetings and in practice. They have also enjoyed themselves. We are going to lock in here pretty quick and we're excited about the great opportunity."
At InsideMizzou.com we wanted to look at the five reasons that the Tigers will defeat Northwestern Monday night, the Tigers are currently a 13 point favorite in the matchup.
1. High Scoring offense: The Tiger offense will be too much for the Northwestern team to handle. Led by seniors Chase Daniel and Chase Coffman, expect the Tiger's offensive unit to score a lot of points in the Big 12 vs. Big 10 matchup against the Wildcats.
2. Team Speed: Missouri appears to have the advantage in team speed. With sophomore Jeremy Macklin at wide out, Daniel has plenty of weapons to run the explosive offense.
3. Turnovers to be a factor: Expect the Tigers to cause several turnovers with the Tigers high power offense more scoring opportunities.
4. Homecoming for Texas players: The Tigers currently have 28 players on its roster from the Lone Star State. Chase Daniel will be playing his last football as a Tiger, expect Missouri to be super charged for this contest. It will also be Offensive Coordinator Dave Christensen's last game; he has already accepted the head coaching job at Wyoming.
5. Coaching edge goes to: Gary Pinkel and staff are attending their fourth straight bowl game, a win Monday night on national television will give the Tigers a big boost in recruiting, where the Tigers already have 19 current commitments. The veteran coaching staff is great at half time adjustments, they will have the Tigers focused and ready for the match up against the Wildcats.